New art show at Damariscotta River Grill

The new show at the Grill opens Oct. 31 with three seasoned artists from Midcoast Maine. Kathleen Horst, Will Kefauver and Candace Vlcek use many different styles and media to capture scenes in and around the Midcoast. The show will be on display until December 12. Join us for dinner on Thursday evening November 17th to celebrate the artists. The Grill will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $29, with a choice of wine pairings for $10, or choose a selection from the regular menu. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund a scholarship for a Lincoln Academy student pursuing an art education. Please call ahead to make a reservation.

Kathleen Horst grew up in Florida, where she developed a love for the luxurious colors of nature. As a child, sketching and drawing were important to her. Later, her first professional artistic experiences were as a studio potter. Horst taught high school for many years, retiring a few years ago, allowing her time to pursue her love of watercolor. She says, “Having been a summer visitor to the Damariscotta area for almost 20 years, I dreamed of being here year-round to paint and enjoy the opportunity to live in the area permanently. My love of coastal Maine includes its coastline, quaint villages, picturesque bays, trails and gardens. Capturing the depth of color in a roadside lupine can be my challenge. Second love is rural architecture. Often my pieces can incorporate lines and details of historic homes and buildings. It could be a downtown landmark or a country cottage by the sea, which inspires me to include them in a scene. My vision is to combine nature and architecture so that they can become a continuation and complement of each other in my art.

Will Kefauver returned to drawing after many years in the publishing industry as an illustrator, graphic designer, art director and executive. These days, Will can often be found in a field or on a rocky beach – painting in oils, en plein air. His work depicts the moods of Maine and New England landscapes, from the rugged barns and rolling waves of the Midcoast to the silver birches of the Vermont River. His first love is the landscape and the colors and shapes defined by the changing light. Of particular fascination is the abstraction found in nature—whether in the form of clouds covered in light or reflections playing on Maine water. Oils are Will’s preferred medium as they are flexible, viscerally satisfying to work with and vary in consistency from soft oil to that of watercolor. Will teaches teenagers and adult students to paint in oils and acrylics in his Damariscotta studio and outdoor workshops.

Candace Vlcek was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and has lived in several parts of the United States and in Costa Rica with her husband for several years. Their love of Midcoast Maine brought them back, where they created a new home and Candace a new studio. Loving drawing and painting from a young age, she has pursued her passion continuously since 1993 after leaving the 9-to-5 business world. She initially concentrated on drawing with colored pencil before discovering a love for drawing with crayons. She has since expanded to oils and acrylics. She describes her work as “in the style” of the Impressionists, preferring to capture the “essence” of her subject through the use of colors that can be seen and felt.

“The Grill” at 155 Main St., Damariscotta is open Monday through Saturday at 4 p.m., closed Wednesday and Sunday. Happy Hour is from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the upstairs bar. To make a reservation, please call 207-563-2992.

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