Join us for dinner on Thursday night, June 29, for the opening night of our new exhibition featuring the art of Sandra Laynon Dunn, Gwendolyn Evans and Sandra Harper. To celebrate the artists, Grill hosts a three-course Prix Fixe menu, with a choice of wine pairs or a selection from the regular menu. Part of the proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund a scholarship for a Lincoln Academy student studying art. Please call in advance to make a reservation. The art can be seen until August 8.
Born and raised in Maine, Sandra Laynon Dunn is a prominent artist in Maine. Her work is part of collections in the United States and abroad and is presented by several galleries in Maine and Massachusetts. Using her intuitive sense of color and her lyrical work with brushes, Ms. Dunn creates paintings that express both her passion for beauty and her interest and respect for classical painting techniques.
She shares: “I am a traditional artist, working mainly with oil paints. For me, painting is like mediation. When I work on a topic, I am in my right brain, where there is no logic and no words, and where the world becomes just nameless forms and endless shades of color. The more I look at my object, the more I see! That fascinates me. I find inspiration for paintings all around me and often the shape or color of an object interests me as much (if not more) than the object itself. I want my paintings to contain a little something beautiful, frozen in time. The only sure thing in this life is change. Through painting, I can capture (and hold) a moment, a little light, a glow of vibrant color that I can then share with others. ” She has a studio at her home in Chelsea.
Gwendolyn Evans’ art – as diverse as the 35 places she calls home – includes watercolor landscapes, pastel portraits, nude figures, oil paintings and mixed-use abstractions. Gwendolyn has exhibited her work in more than 80 judged regional, national and international exhibitions, and her paintings are in hundreds of private and corporate collections. She said: “For me, making art is like breathing. I can’t live without him! Making art is a means of understanding and transmitting what I see and feel. Fruitful and intense in my work, I am interested in many styles from realism to abstraction and work in many different environments. I am always interested in capturing light and darkness, whether physical or spiritual. I love working in the open air, capturing the feel, tone, colors and meaning of each unique place. As I breathe every day, so I paint every day. The spirit penetrates everything. Whether you paint, write, teach, prepare an exquisite dish – it’s all one thing – creativity comes from expensive ideas; for me, these ideas focus on truth, love, beauty, nature, and gratitude for good. Dark days are the light color in the life of the artist, which makes the light even brighter. One of my greatest joys is to show my work and share the stories behind it. ” Gwendolyn lives and works on the Pemakid Peninsula.
An artist throughout her life, Sandra Harper has been inspired for more than 30 years to paint the beauty of Maine through seascapes, coastal villages, lighthouses and inland landscapes. Sand paints in the style of traditional realism, using a light touch and focused attention to detail. She prefers oil as a medium, as it allows fine blends and color depth, which are the hallmarks of her work. She uses elements of light and color to represent the beauty, magic and power of nature. Seascapes continue to be a favorite genre with their challenge to capture the ever-changing light and dynamic movement of both the sky and the water.
Sandy said: “My goal is to capture the magical moments in time, to reflect the mood and movement of the sea and the emission of light hitting the land. I paint not only to remember these scenes, but also to share them. ” Her work can be found in private collections across the country and has featured her work in New York, Massachusetts and Maine. Since 1988, Sandy has lived and worked in the rural town of Lichfield, where she has her own studio.