Betsy Podlach

All of Podlach’s canvases – flowers, faces, and figures – are softly sensual. Layers of translucent glazes make them luminous. The characters are introspective and vulnerable; their backgrounds are full of lively details depicted with straightforward, childlike delight. After graduating from Harvard, Podlach studied at the New York Studio School and the International School of…

Linda Simmons-Arnold

After graduating from the University of Vermont, Linda Simmons-Arnold attended the Cornish Institute in Seattle and the New England School of Art in Boston.  She began painting at the age of nineteen while pursuing a career in science.  She works in pastel, watercolor, and oil. She writes:  My major interest at this point is the…

Susan Starr Smith

Susan is from Camden, Maine.  She received her BFA from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art, or MECA).  About her art, she writes:   I paint from observation Following a passage of color Recording my visual prayers of wonder and awe.

Mae Towers

Mae Towers was born and raised in the small town of Fort Fairfield in northern Maine.  During her last year in a private high school she worked with fine artist Elizabeth Punches.  She has found her own way as an artist while working at a wide variety of jobs, from picking potatoes to cooking to…

Celia Hensel

Hensel was raised in Friendship, Maine. As a child she enjoyed drawing and painting and received strong encouragement from her family and teachers. Since graduating in fine art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design she has practiced her art while doing other jobs and has taught in local after-school art programs.  Several of…

Barbara Vanderbilt

Artist Statement: The beauty of the trees and rock formations on the coast of Maine is something that I can never get enough of. I love their shapes and textures and the stories they tell. I try to convey the interplay between strength and delicacy. The contrast between the peacefulness of the moment and the…

Jeannette Martin

Jeannette Martin – Artist’s Statement I have always been interested in exploring not the shocking and new, but the mysterious qualities of the familiar.  I hope to make the viewers of my paintings aware of something they may already know but perhaps were not fully aware of.  I want to present my subjects in all…

Phyllis Janto

A native of Philadelphia, Phyllis studied design at the Moore Institute of Art. In 1954, she moved to New York City and began sculpting while attending Hunter College, graduating in 1962 with a B.F.A.  Among her teachers were painter William Baziotes (watercolor) and sculptor Tony Smith (graduate design).  In 1965, she graduated from the Pratt…

Leo Brooks

For years, in his hours off from his job as a linotype operator at the New York Times, Leo Brooks (1905-1993) visited the city’s museums and galleries. He admired modernist work. At age 60 he took his first art class, at the Art Students League. He loved the directness of watercolor and the freedom of…

Harriett Matthews

Matthews retired last year from her long tenure at Colby College.  She’d started there in 1966, founding the school’s sculpture program.  In the course of her career as an artist and professor she has made many trips, including a couple of year-long sabbaticals, to the eastern Mediterranean, most often to Greece.  Her fascination with Greek…

Susan Beebe

I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in Windsor, near the Farmington and Connecticut Rivers.  I had already decided to be an artist by age five, according to my mother.  Drawing, reading, making things, building with blocks, and playing and exploring in the woods were all part of becoming an artist and naturalist.…

Jonathan Frost

artist · printmaker · custom framer Upon graduating from Dartmouth in philosophy, Jonathan Frost declared, “I’m going to be an artist.” Despite a predilection for and early training in art, he had no idea how to go about making a living as an artist. Through years of work in mental health, carpentry, and adult literacy,…

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Barbara Beebe

The past thirteen years since I moved to Friendship Long Island have been the most creative years of my life. The beauty, simplicity of life, isolation, independence, and self-reliance make me create. My daughter, Susan, and I have restored an old house, planted gardens, created toy theaters with costumes and sets, written plays and set…