BAR HARBOR — The layered oil paintings of Valera Crofoot will be on display during the month of June at the Jesup Memorial Library and will be featured during the First Friday Art Walk on June 3 from 6-9 p.m.
Crofoot began drawing and painting as a youth. Her first teachers were her grandmother and aunt, who were professional artists. Early influences included Waldo Peirce, Geneva A.C. MacDonald and the late James Carpenter at Colby College, who instructed Crofoot to paint from observing and copying paintings in museums.
While largely self-taught, Crofoot has studied with artists in Wyoming and Maine. She paints her reactions to visual stimuli: color and form. Her paintings are a response to her perceptions of what she observes in the world as she travels from the coastline of Maine and Canada to seas beyond. A painting may begin from the memory of a location, a visual snapshot or from a black-and-white photo that presents the form.
Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].