Featured Artist: Robert Pollien

Spruces on Great Head, Mount Desert Island by Robert Pollien
Spruces on Great Head, Mount Desert Island by Robert Pollien    –   Oil on Panel 24 x 36″

Robert Pollien has some wonderful work at the Dowling Walsh Gallery, and guess what? If you’re in the Rockland, Maine area you are in luck! There is a show including Robert Pollien, David Vickery and Connie Hayes that begins this Friday!

Spruces on Great Head, Mount Desert Island is a wonderful piece by Robert. His trees have such character, they take on a life of their own. This is a wonderful scene that really makes you wish you were there, snow and all!

UPCOMING SHOW at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine: June 6 – 28, 2014. Opening receiption June 6 from 5-8PM!

Read a blip about Robert from the Dowling Walsh website:

Robert Pollien received his M.A. in painting from Trinity College and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania under noted Maine painter Neil Welliver. Following Penn, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

In 1992, Robert Pollien became the first Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park. Pollien was awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting in 2001. And in 2004, he was awarded Carina House Residency on Monhegan Island.

Robert Pollien’s work was included in Art of the Maine Islands by Arnold Skolnick and Carl Little.

Robert lives in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island. He paints landscapes of the Maine Coastline, working from direct observation.

Artist Statement

“My paintings are generally small, compact and simple. My goal is not to portray the land in an overly picturesque manner, but to paint the landscape in a way that rings true.”

 All images via DowlingWalsh.com used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:            Red’s Eat’s – Wiscassett, Maine

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:         Charleston Gardenias

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:    Benefits of Green Tea!

Happy Halloween! Is this a spectacular painting or what?!

Ann Getsinger Library Pumpkin DowlingWalshGlry
Library Pumpkin by Ann Getsinger
[Image: DowlingWalsh.com]

H A P P Y    H A L L O W E E N ! ! !

Trick or treat!? No tricks only treats… woot woot! Have a great night!

(Painting by Ann Getsinger…  Image from Dowling Walsh Gallery!)


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…      An artsy halloween! Pumpkinscape by artist Jamie Wyeth!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…  IS THIS REAL? WHOA? Happy Halloween!

[ f e a t u r e d a r t i s t ] A n n G e t s i n g e r !

Apple and Angel by Ann Gesinger
[image: DowlingWalsh.com]
AMAZING paintings by artist Ann Getsinger, I’m telling you each one is so intriguing! Ann’s show opens this Friday, October 4th, 2013 at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine. It is one spectacular show! If you can’t make it to the show be sure to check out their website!

How creative is this painting? You see the angel… and the apple… the fabulous trees, the moonlit water, the rocky coast… what’s not to love about this?

Read a blip about Ann from the Dowling Walsh website:

Ann Getsinger grew up in Watertown, Connecticut, studied in San Francisco and has spent most of her life either in the Berkshire Hills of far western Massachusetts or in coastal Maine.

The youngest of five in a creative household, as a child she often spent time either at the dairy farm next door or in the surrounding woods where natures creativity influenced her powerfully. After attending Paier School of art in New Haven, CT, and the San Francisco Art Institute, she settled permanently in western Massachusetts where she studied with realist artist Sheldon Fink.

The coast of Maine has been a lifelong love beginning with family vacations as a child and now continuing in her family’s home near Port Clyde. The experiences of sea and shore, along with views of Mosquito Island and Head , have been incorporated into Ann’s work countless times in all weather, seasons and circumstances. From the age of twelve, exposure to the artwork seen in the nearby Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, especially the work of the Wyeth family, has been pivotal.

The artists’ home and studio, since 1988, is in the rural Berkshire town of New Marlborough, Massachusetts. Ann’s oil paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries and hang in hundreds of homes.


O N E   Y E A R   A G O…      Photo: Monhegan Boat Line – Laura B!

T W O   Y E A R S   A G O…  Artist to watch… Eric Hopkins!

Featured Artist… Jacobus Baas!

Jacobus Baas Schooner or Later DW
“Schooner or Later” by Jacobus Baas

Jacobus Baas, amazing painter, and a founding board member of LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association). These schooners are amazing, that goes without saying… but the water with those reflections is over the top! The sleekness of the ships against the glassiness of the water is so beautiful! I would say that Jacobus approached this painting masterfully.

"Spruce Head Blues" by Jacobus Baas
“Spruce Head Blues” by Jacobus Baas

This is absolutely the sweetest painting, “Spruce Head Blues’ (Spruce Head, Maine) – so very nice! Take a look at Jacobus’ website, he’s got some amazing paintings!

Read a blip about Jacobus from the Dowling Walsh Gallery website – they always do such a great job with their website… check it out! Click HERE to read the full biography including some fabulous articles!


Jacobus Baas was born in the Netherlands in 1945 and spent his early years in Rotterdam, surrounded by rich landscapes and cloud-laden skies made famous by the Dutch Masters throughout history. Jacobus arrived in the United States in his early teens with an interest in art already indelibly imprinted.

Fascinated with surfing, he spent most of his after school hours in the ocean but never abandoned his passion for art. After graduating, he traveled extensively in Europe and enjoyed all the Old World had to offer, especially the art. The desire to create deepened.

Returning to the United States, Jacobus decided to channel his creativity in a new direction, one that would enable him to use his artistic ability and also provide some financial stability. He began to design and make jewelry. His unique and original works captured a following and contributed to his success as a goldsmith. He opened his business “Jacobus Goldsmiths” in Laguna Beach and is still in the same location since 1975. This afforded him the freedom to pursue his first love, painting. Since 1978, Jacobus has exhibited his paintings along side his jewelry at the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach. The paintings were strictly done in the studio, but in 1994 he began painting on location during a trip to Santa Fe. “It was like discovering a new world!” Jacobus exclaimed. On subsequent trips to New Mexico and Hawaii, he produced vibrant color-filled landscapes that inspired him to begin a remarkable series of work that continues to be widely acclaimed and admired.

A founding and current board member of LPAPA (Laguna Plein Air Painters Association), Jacobus divides his time between California, Hawaii and Maine. In addition to many one man shows, he has participated in many group exhibitions in concert with LPAPA’s venues, including the Laguna Art Museum.

Jacobus found the satisfaction he had been seeking as a plein air artist. “Painting has become my full time passion, there is no time to make jewelry. The act of applying paint to a canvas has always been intriguing to me. To transform a two dimensional surface and give it a feeling of space with carefully arranged brushstrokes, using the right colors and values is pure magic. Every time I paint on location, with each brushstroke I experience that magic again, and hopefully the viewer will experience it as well in the finished painting.”

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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Images via Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine

Featured Artist… Colin Page!

“Underneath” by Colin Page – Image: DowlingWalsh.com

I’ve featured Colin a few times over the past few years. His work is outstanding, and now… some of his paintings have a new twist. Edgy. I am really liking his new work, I love this painting, how you see “underneath”… its wonderful how he can mix a  traditional painting with some abstractness to come up with something totally unique, that works so well! If you haven’t checked out Colin’s website in the past, I highly encourage you to do so. Colin is an amazing person. He gave a workshop in Charleston, SC this past spring that was a huge hit, everyone loved him, and thought he was a fabulous teacher! Oh! I don’t want to forget to mention his JOURNAL. Full of great information, it’s a “must read” if you love art!

Colin’s show opens at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine TODAY! The opening reception is from 5-8PM, so if you’re in the area, give his work a peek! You will be thrilled that you did. The Dowling Walsh Gallery is a nice place to hang out and check out some of the best art around. Colin’s show starts today, August 3rd through August 26, 2012. I hope every painting has a red dot!

Look at this piece… (to me) it’s reminiscent of a painting done by Charles Movalli entitled, THE PATRIOT, oh how we loved that painting… if memory serves me correctly it was the stern of a sailboat, and an American flag, those two things I remember… it was big and it was at Bayview Gallery in Camden, ME many years ago. I’ll never forget that piece!

“Angelique” is one classy painting, with the dark hull, the dark water with pops of the sky and the pop of the flag… whoa!

“Angelique” by Colin Page – Image: DowlingWalsh.com

If you’re lucky enough to make it to the show, let me know how you liked it! It’s going to be fabulous! Read more about Colin on the Dowling Walsh website (fabulous website!), so much to read! Catch you back here tomorrow!

So… you want to be an art critic? AND the Camden Snow Bowl Benefit, great paintings, great prices!

“Last Light” by Daniel Corey / Image: Maine Art

We are all art critics at heart, some of us are better than others, but we all like what we like, right? Now’s the chance for your voice to be heard, your votes count… Maine Art is having a “Choice Art Show“, where all online participants have a choice… click on the “Choice Art Show” link and it will take you to the page where you vote. You select which piece of each artists work you like the most, then after you vote it shows how other people voted. I highly recommend this from other art communities, this is B R I L L I A N T ! It’s a lot of fun as well. Here’s the info from Maine Art, you have until May 31st to vote!

The painting above is another fabulous one from Dan Corey, one of the 12 participating artists! ENJOY!

Here’s the blip from Maine Art:

Twelve Artists, One Gallery, and You.A one-of-a-kind Maine art show that makes you a part of the jury, opening June 6 during the Kennebunkport Festival.Voting takes place April 2 – May 31. Click ”Choice” above  to vote.2012 Artists;Daniel Corey
Julie Freund
Philip Frey
Jill Hoy
William B. Hoyt
Anne Ireland
Henry Isaacs
Craig Mooney
Elizabeth Ostrander
Patrick Plourde
Janis Sanders
David Witbeck

And… on another note… LOOK through these paintings… FABULOUS paintings, outstanding prices… and all for a good cause, check it out!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Camden Snow Bowl Benefit Show

Colao, Seaside FarmhouseDowling Walsh Gallery is holding a benefit show for the Camden Snow Bowl. Help us give back to the community.

Artwork has been priced to encourage buying for maximum benefit to the Camden Snow Bowl and Ragged Mountain Recreation Foundation’s redevelopment project.

A selection of the work is on display at Dowling Walsh Gallery until April 28th, 2012. View the full show online now: http://www.dowlingwalsh.com/private-viewing/camden-snow-bowl-benefit-show

Hard to believe she would have been 12… a painting and a memory…

Streamers After by Tollef Runquist / Image: Dowling Walsh

This painting is special to us. It isn’t ours, it’s for sale at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine.  Today is a special day… Isabelle would have been 12… hard to imagine. This painting is what Fred and I both imagine Isabelle would have been like if everything went OK. Unfortunately, things with the pregnancy didn’t go well… You have to figure that things work out for a reason, although it’s hard to understand “why” at that moment…  We’re so fortunate to have each other and for that we are extremely thankful!

This painting is so happy and bright. Just like a little girl after her birthday party. See how paintings can evoke memories? Every painting that we have has a great memory attached to it. Hope yours do too!

Happy 12 years Isabelle… We love you…

Deals to be had at the Camden Public Library Benefit Show! Great artists, fabulous prices, all benefit the library!

There is a beautiful gallery in Rockland, Maine, it’s called DOWLING WALSH It’s a gorgeous gallery that features some of my favorite artists (Colin Page, Connie Hayes, just to name a few)… It’s located across the street from the Farnsworth Museum, so if you’re ever in the area, you’ve got to check them out!

There are some FANTASTIC artists that have included their work in the show and their work is stunning. There are great deals to be had! It’s a great deal for you and the money goes to the library! Here are a few images taken from an email from Dowling Walsh. I think the paintings are wonderful and this is worth sharing! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Dowling Walsh Gallery

Camden Public Library Benefit Show

We currently have an exhibit at the Camden Public Library; it will be displayed through February.

This show features contemporary Maine landscapes, painted by a selection of well-known Maine artists. These pieces are available at a signifiant value and the proceeds will directly benefit creative programs at the Camden Public Library.

The exhibit will be open during regular library hours through February in the Picker Room.

To view all available pieces, please follow this link: http://www.dowlingwalsh.com/artists-in-inventory/camden-public-library-benefit-show

Artist to watch… Greta Van Campen!

Image: DowlingWalsh.com

Hey! It’s not too late! There’s still time to catch this show at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine! I first saw Greta’s name mentioned while reading Colin Page’s Journal (if you haven’t read it… it’s addictive, this is one VERY talented artist, who shares a wealth of information). Greta’s work is so different. I am impressed. This is one girl with some energy! She has a great WEBSITE and BLOG. She’s in a fabulous gallery, the DOWLING WALSH GALLERY. So if you are fortunate enough to live anywhere in the Rockland vicinity and haven’t seen Greta’s show yet… I would find a way to make it over there…

Here’s a blip about Greta from the Dowling Walsh website:

Greta Paints America

“Over the course of 2011, I plan to visit all 50 of the United States and paint a portrait of America. The act of painting helps me to look more closely and honestly at all that is around. I want to explore contemporary America, while also learning about the history of the land and people in our country. I want to meet individuals from all walks of life and listen to their stories. My goal will be to preserve and share the experience of paying close attention to all that I see and learn by capturing it in paint. A car will serve as my main mode of transportation, but I’ll also be traveling by plane, bus, rail, boat, and foot. I want to begin the project with loose guidelines: one year, 50 states, oil paint, an open and curious mind, and the desire to learn, listen, explore, and look closely. Hopefully, if I hold true to those guidelines, the project will develop organically, leading me to many great discoveries!”

Greta will have a solo exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery from Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 30th, 2011.

One more image… from Dowling Walsh’s website… check them out for more!

Image: DowlingWalsh.com

Catch you back here tomorrow!