Watercolor artist Linden O’Ryan was on hand to discuss her work at Island Artisans at Friday’s Art Walk. She lived in Southwest Harbor for 30 years before recently moving to Thomaston. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Sea is artists’ inspiration

BAR HARBOR — The chill in the air didn’t stop folks from getting out Friday night to enjoy the final Bar Harbor Art Walk of the season.

Music spilled out the front doors of the D’Alessio Gallery, where Marilyn Ryan and Willie Kelly played a wide-ranging acoustic set, as residents and visitors enjoyed the offerings at nearly 30 different stores, galleries and other venues.

Ameta Parlin of Bar Harbor debuted a new series of paintings, “Sea Above,” along with a few other works at Choco-Latte. They’re abstract watery scenes, with thick impasto waves literally emerging from the canvas. Parlin says she’s using “texture as form.”

“Abstract art isn’t for everyone,” Parlin admits. She was skeptical of it for a long time herself, she said. Then, a few years ago she was commissioned to do a mural at the Aroostook Centre Mall in Presque Isle. “I gathered my courage and sense of adventure and tried something new,” she said in a statement. “I created a grand textured border around my mural.”

People loved it, and she felt that playing with texture afforded her new freedom in her work. “I decided to never look back,” she said.

Over at Island Artisans, watercolor artist Linden O’Ryan was on hand to discuss her work. She lived in Southwest Harbor for 30 years before recently moving to Thomaston. She’s back on Mount Desert Island often, though, at least once a week. “My roots are here,” she said.

Island Artisans has paintings, giclee prints of O’Ryan’s, as well as cards and postcards, many of which include short poems or stories to go with the images.

Like Parlin, O’Ryan is inspired by the Maine landscape and ocean. Islands, birds and marine life figure prominently. The whimsical images and inspirational poems have drawn comparisons to the work of Brian Andreas and to author and artist Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, a.k.a. SARK.

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A watercolor piece by Linden O’Ryan of Thomaston, inspired by living near the ocean. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Local artist Jennifer Judd-McGee was at Spruce and Gussy on Mount Desert Street with paintings, prints, tea towels, leather cuffs, cutting boards and sailcloth flags. Paper cuts and pen-and-ink work by Lynda Millar were featured at the Jesup Memorial Library. New community art center ArtWaves was open for a members’ show and artist demonstrations.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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