Hospital art show features Littlefield

BAR HARBOR — Sally Littlefield is having her first solo art exhibit in the lobby of MDI Hospital. The show is being put on with the support of ArtWaves.

ArtWaves is active in exhibiting work done by its members in various locations on Mount Desert Island and encourages members to submit their creations to be hung in shows throughout the year. While Littlefield has participated in group shows at Reel Pizza and MDI Hospital in the past, this is her first time hanging a solo show. She is displaying selections of her work created as “homework” assignments from her classes at ArtWaves. These pieces include master copies of works by famous artists, self-directed home still life set-ups, and plein air oil paintings created during the summer and winter months. Included is a recent selfie value study. While it has taken significant time and hard work to assemble, this exhibit has been a labor of love. With this show Littlefield marks her fourth year drawing and painting with the ArtWaves community group.

Littlefield first discovered ArtWaves online as a loosely structured community of artists meeting in a studio in the Bar Harbor Municipal Building. What started small soon became organized and grew with the help of Acadia Resident Artist, Rob Pollien, who offered basic instruction in still life painting and later figurative drawing and more advanced oil painting. Eventually, the group moved to studio space on Main Street in Bar Harbor, then finally to its expanded new home with multiple studios in Town Hill. With the new and larger campus, the class offerings expanded as well. Littlefield took classes in the spacious ArtWaves Studio from instructors Rob Pollien, Phil Dvorak and Phil Frey.

There are twice weekly gatherings for those seeking opportunities to practice figurative drawing and painting coupled with a strong sense of community and camaraderie amongst fellow artists. Littlefield has come to realize that, “Yes, you can be an artist no matter your background and no matter your experience level.”

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