'Wildlife and Animal Themed Art' on Exhibit in May at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

Richard Boyd Art Gallery, located on Peaks Island, ME opens the fourth annual 'Creatures and Critters' exhibit on Friday, May 2 at 10:00 am. The exhibit features a selection of animal portraits, sculptures and works from the sporting arts genre.
Beth Carlson, 'Upland Setters' , Oil-on-Canvas
Beth Carlson, 'Upland Setters' , Oil-on-Canvas
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PORTLAND, Maine - March 20, 2014 - PRLog -- Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth

annual exhibit of fine arts depicting animals. On exhibit are paintings in oil-on-canvas by award-winning sporting and wildlife artist Beth Carlson, limited edition bronze sculptures by award-winning sculptor Charles Ellithorpe, DVM, farm scenes in acrylic-on-canvas by Gwen Sylvester, portraits in ink by Wyatt Barr, a farm scene in watercolor by Wilson Stewart, mixed media and wire sculptures by Jean Noon, and a contemporary mixed media work by Kathy Weinberg. The exhibit is on view free to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily through May 31, 2014. There is an opening reception at the gallery on Saturday, May 3 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.

After a twenty year nursing career, Beth Carlson decided twelve years ago to switch her focus to a career in fine arts. In this relatively short period of time her artwork has been published on two book covers, numerous national and international magazine covers, including The Chronicle of the Horse and Gray's Sporting Journal. It's no surprise that Beth's paintings in oil-on-canvas depicting hunt and farm scenes, and animal portraits are coveted by so many animal lovers across the country as she has the ability to capture an animal's personality and physical attributes on canvas with accuracy. Carlson's farm and hunt scenes carry a realism that brings the viewer into the scene with her. Robert Abbett, a contemporary art master in the genre of outdoor art said about Carlson's work "she possesses a conviction of accuracy and authenticity which are both necessary and appreciated by collectors." Beth's paintings are exhibited nationally at numerous outdoor and sporting art exhibitions and fine arts galleries through out the country. Carlson's paintings are part of numerous public and private collections including The National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, TN and three paintings are bequeathed to the American Kennel Club Museum in St. Louis, MO.

Charles Ellithorpe, DVM is an award-winning sculptor and wood carver and is also a practicing small animal veterinarian in Brunswick, ME. After graduating from Teaxas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, Charles lived in Washington and Montana before moving to mid-coast Maine where he enjoys a small "farm." Charles describes himself as a self-taught artist, but gives much of his credit to his formal training in animal anatomy and his years as a veterinary surgeon. His limited edition bronze sculptures show his dedication to realism and detail, yet he says his goal is not to "recreate nature but to show the art in God's creations. I enjoy creating art in the memory of all the wilderness experiences I have had." An avid outdoorsman, Charles was an active volunteer veterinarian with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and has been involved with hudreds of hours of hands-on elk management and relocation projects. A life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Dr. Ellithorpe's art donations have raised more than $10,000 for the RMEF to help the foundation's habitat and wildlife conservation efforts. Currently, Charles' sculptures are in numerous private collections across the United States and Mexico.

Gwen Sylvester is a trained fine artist with a BA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis. She received a solid foundation in art beginning in her teen years while attending the Magnet School and the Museum School art programs in Fort Worth, Texas. Although her style is intuitive and expressive, Gwen was trained in classical life drawing, printmaking and design at UC Davis. Her current series of work depicting grazing cattle at a local farm in Rockport "takes me back to my upbringing in Texas." I chose Galloway cattle as a subject for this series as they have an appealing sentiment and they made a striking contrast in color, texture, values and mood.

Wyatt Barr is a 2012 graduate of the Miane College of Art with a degree in Illustration. A native of Maine, Wyatt has a passion for portraitures which he has continued to pursue often drawing characters he meets in the streets of Portland. Barr explores his subjects in black and white using traditional and experimental techniques combining ink and charcoal on paper. Wyatt's animal portraits capture the raw emotions of his subjects, realistically depicting their qualities in fine detail

Jean Noon a farmer, educator and artist for more than thirty years grew up in Concord, MA. From a very early age Jean knew she wanted to be a farmer and artist. Her dream was realized after graduating from Goddard College. Jean and her husband Bill Noon, through hard work, accumulated some animals and managed to purchase a small farm in Southern Maine. Noon's deep connection to her farm and the animals that call it home serve as an inspiration for her sculptures. Noon's current works include recycled materials and shift between figurative, non-objective, minimalist and complex forms.

Wilson Stewart is a self-taught artist living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where he has worked as a Licensed Land Surveyor for more than 30 years. "My maternal grandmother was quite a sketch artist when she was younger and I guess that rubbed off on me." Fast forward to the nineties...I taught myself how to paint with watercolors. Life, as it usually does, got hold of my free time while raising two wonderful sons. Fast forward to the 21st century...it's just my wife and I now and I am painting and sketching again. My current work in watercolor depicting grazing cattle was inspired by a farm scene near my home in New Hampshire.

Kathy Weinberg is primarily a painter, but also works in wood, stone and clay. She graduated from the Washington University School of Fine Arts in 1984. Kathy worked in Manhattan, New York from 1984-2003, then she and her husband moved to Maine. Kathy says when she began making her painting, Bird Cherries and Cats , "I was thinking about the influence of the Asian arts on Modernism. The branch of the tree floats in a fragment of a landscape, with fruit and a bird. This was the entire composition for a while, but something was missing. So I painted the silhouette of a cat in the foliage. To balance the composition, a second cat was required with the cat's eyes focused on the bird. The intent is clear, but nothing has happened, yet. The painting depicts the moment before possible action and uncertain ourcome: Eden before the fall."

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island, Maine at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right. For more information about the exhibit, please contact curator Pamela Williamson by phone at 207-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .

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