Helena Melone's painted silks are available as wearable art and fine painted silk hangings.
Stretching and gessoing a canvas is a practice Lesia Sochor has done for 45 years. What is put to that canvas is a narrative told in paint prompted by personal experiences.
Wooden spools in a drawer sparked a decade long exploration of paintings depicting connections among women, sewing and clothing. The series, 'Threads', 'Bodices', 'Mannequins', and 'Body Language' are the creations of this evolving inspiration.
Lesia earned her degree in Fine Arts from the Philadelphia College of Art, was involved in the arts community in Woodstock, NY, migrated to Maine in an artistic exodus from the cities in the 70's and put her creative roots down. She co-founded the first art gallery in Belfast, 'Artfellows', started and directed an arts center and immersed herself in the abundant and ever growing art community in Waldo County, and has continued to do so ever since.
In addition to flourishing as an artist, Lesia is a dedicated teacher of art who has given instruction in public schools, residencies through the Maine Arts Commission, and museum workshops for 25 years. She has also illustrated two children's books and continues to honor her roots by introducing the art of 'Pysanka' , a Ukrainian decorated egg, in workshops throughout the state.
Lesia has been in numerous publications, most recently interviewed by Carl Little in Art New England, and was a featured artist in Maine Home and Design, Feb. 2018
Her paintings have been exhibited in Galleries, Libraries, Universities and Museums throughout Maine and beyond. Last summer she had a solo exhibit through the Garment District Alliance; Space for Public Art, in NYC
Most recent acquisitions have been by the Alex Katz Foundation.
Joan Proudman creates montages with a Sony DSLR Digital camera and Photoshop which reflect a long journey of healing and transformation. Proudman’s prints have displayed in parts of New England, New York and Lecce, Italy. Publications include: Maine Art Scene Magazine, Escape Into Life Journal, FocusMaine.com, Shadow and Light Magazine, Osteopathic Biodynamic Methods and Shantic (published in Austria) as well as Maine books hear if you dare and Heart Songs and Other Legacies. She is represented by Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul (gallery) in Belfast and received Best in Show for her portfolio from Stillpoint Arts Magazine in the Fall of 2016.
Johan Selmer-Larsen 111 of Freedom is a nature photographer. He’s exhibited at a couple dozen galleries around New England since moving here in the mid nineties. He has a book of text and photos, O beata solitudo due out from Shanti Press next year.
Formerly a Knights of Pythias Hall, the top floor of this building was Katenia Keller’s home and studio for nine years. Half of those years were devoted to developing a series of eighty paintings which she published as a deck of cards called Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot (2012). Among her recent work is a recently completed a tidal landscape and geometry series entitled Blue Mother. Katenia Keller offers individual readings and teaches classes on geometric drawing and the Tarot system. She has lectured at the C.G. Jung Center for Analytical Psychology and the Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences. Limited edition Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot decks, Major Arcana decks, small prints and original paintings are available. Her work can be seen online at kateniakeller.com.
Joseph Ascrizzi, a master artist-artisan, crosses time barriers to bring ancient media and techniques to contemporary visual expression. With multi-faceted skill Joseph incorporates a wide variety of natural and unexpected materials into his creations. His work includes bas-relief, carved and inlaid box construction, wall sculpture, painting, drawing, fine woodworking (furniture as art), and antique frame restoration, as well as the lapidary arts. Joe is particularly known for his exquisite, one of a kind hand-crafted antler pendants, which are inlaid with gems and precious metals. Of his art, Joseph says: "My work is based on the premise that everything we encounter in the physical world holds meaning, and that matter itself, if arranged and presented coherently, can speak in its own language of an interior life.
Joseph’s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York City, including Betty Parsons, Maryland, and throughout New England, including Maine and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Articles about his work have appeared in Architectural Digest, Fine Woodworking, Down East Magazine and many other publications.
After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Studio Art, Bernice came to Maine to study photography in 1981. She was captivated by the natural beauty of Maine and it has been her home ever since. While working for years as land surveyor, a Maine sea kayak guide and at Fedco Seeds her creative endeavors were relegated to whatever free time she could find. Since she discovered felting in 2006, she found the medium that lets her indulge her desire to play with fiber and color and turn those efforts into a variety of functional pieces. It also gives her great pleasure to see someone light up when they try on one of her hats or scarves!
She lives in the woods with her husband, a state legislator who is also a retired sea captain, and their beloved animals. When she's not felting or working at Fedco, she also enjoys hiking, swimming, bicycling, culinary arts, gardening, paddling and rowing. You may see more of her work at www.colorplayfelt.com.
Dina Petrillo is a sculptor, printmaker, and designer. She has been exhibiting and teaching in Mid-Coast Maine since she moved here from New York City in 2000. She's been teaching sculpture and printmaking with the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center since 2004 and in 2005 opened the Post Office Studio Workshop in downtown Belfast for her artistic projects. Now a production print studio, the PO workshop has been the home of Belfast Bay Shade Company since 2012 where she designs and makes an extensive catalog of hand-printed botanical lampshades and home decor.
About her work, Dina says “My gaze settles on different features as the foregrounds and backgrounds seem to go in and out of focus. It’s a perceptual experience that’s ambivalent - tentative, shifting between revealing and concealing something about the human and botanical forms. I have an urge to fuse them - humans and plants –to mend, heal something in these …like printed prayers. I imagine the ink, images and paper pressing a warp and weft, making a tapestry celebrating and cautioning our conjoined fates. I'm trying to achieve imagery that is beautiful enough to dwell on... prompt the viewer to linger and consider a question…”
Doug builds wooden boxes with classic dovetail joinery with the added dimension of carved surfaces. He is inspired by different kinds of wood and lives in the woods of Montville. His work has been shown at Aarhus Gallery, The Harlow Gallery, River Arts Gallery and recently, a one-man show at Chestnut Street Loft Gallery. Painting, carving, or a combination of the two make up the bulk of his work. Doug believes “Every artistic attempt is a challenge and that challenge is a gift.”
Robert and Wendy Esposito are self-taught potters. After graduating college with a degree in electrical
engineering, Robert found his passion in clay. He has been working as a potter since 1971 with studios in New Jersey, Virgin Islands and New Mexico. In 1985, he and Wendy, a Unity native, opened Unity Pond Pottery. They work together creating unique, functional pottery using techniques such as wheel throwing, pressing and hand building. They have a working studio and retail showroom which is open to the public and visitors may view demonstrations of the work in progress. Visit Unity Pond Pottery website or on Facebook