Maine Art Gallery announces class schedule

This year’s classes at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset are sure to be a call to action for creatives, whether you’re a relative beginner or a skilled artist.

In May and June, classes include a sketchbook, an outdoor demonstration and an outdoor lesson. In September, students can explore the use of abstraction in landscape painting or learn the techniques of creating artistic images with a digital camera. Each of the classes is led by an award-winning artist with extensive technical experience.

Diane Dubreuil, former art director, accomplished plein-air painter and member of the New England Watercolor Society, will guide students through a series of exercises designed to improve their drawing skills and discover new materials in her introduction to journaling. sketchbooks, “Sketching on the move” (May 12 and 13).

Deborah Chapin is an artist who has exhibited internationally for three decades and was invited to give an outdoor lecture and demonstration at the Smithsonian in 2007. She will show how she paints flowers on location in a garden in the village of Wiscasset. All levels are welcome to watch and learn from his outdoor demonstration (May 27), whether you’re an artist or not.

Deena Ball, an active teaching artist for adults and children, is an iconic member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and a Pennsylvania Guild Master Craftsman. His work has been widely exhibited in galleries and in art publications. She will lead an outdoor painting workshop that focuses on capturing the light and essence of a scene and a day. “Catching the Light” (June 4).

Karen Jelenfy will help students reflect on how artists like Andrew Wyeth, Vincent Van Gogh, Joan Mitchell and Arshile Gorky used abstraction in response to landscape. Students will create several speed paintings in acrylic on paper. This course will take place at a time when an exhibition of abstract art will be on display at the Maine Art Gallery. The works in the exhibition can be discussed. “Abstraction and the landscape” (September 22).

Olga Merrill, an award-winning visual artist from Maine, uses photography to create an image of her vision the same way one might use an instrument to make music or a brush to paint. His course will take place on successive weekends by Zoom and on site. Students will learn simple in-camera techniques that transform ordinary scenes into captivating impressionistic photographs. “Impressionist Photography: Creative Path” (September 30-Oct 1 and Oct 7-8).

For more information on instructors and classes and fees, please visit the Maine Art Gallery website at or contact the gallery at 207-687-8143 or [email protected]

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the visual and applied arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery opens for the 2022 season on May 7. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery will once again offer its popular opening receptions.

More information can be found at and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, just a two-minute drive or eight-minute walk from downtown Wiscasset.

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