Margaret Gerding’s present show is full of the ethereal landscapes, so many have come to recognize. However, she has reminded us to pause and take the time to look up.
“The coastal light is intense and so evident on the ‘white’ of the clouds. It is a subject matter I have only begun to explore through paint, and am finding the sky more and more a priority in my work,” shares Gerding. “I love the organic shape of clouds, their movement, and the emotions they evoke. I am drawn to the coast because of the vast expanse of marsh and sky that offers calm and peace.”
In Timber Point Sunrise, the sky may not start as a focal point, but once the eye moves up, it is evident that the clouds are being celebrated. However, this piece is an accurate representation of everything that makes the Maine coast special.
“Offering the marsh, ocean, woods, and rocks, Timber Point is definitely one of my favorite places for painting,” shares Gerding. “It also holds an emotional attachment for me…. vacationing in Maine as a child, it was a ‘rite of passage’ to be old enough to go to the island during low tide. Somehow being out on that island makes you feel like you’re standing on the edge of the land.”
Trees Along Winter Marsh also shares in the beauty of the sky, even though it is the trees that take center stage.
“I go on long walks almost every day. During the winter, it is always interesting to have views that are unavailable once the leaves come out in spring,” says Gerding. “It’s almost like a sweet little secret that winter is willing to share if you are brave enough to venture out in the cold.”
No matter what the Maine sky is your favorite, you will find it in the works for Margaret Gerding’s summer show.
We are open every day from 10-5 at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.
This show runs from July 18 – August 6.