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Q+A with artist Eric Leppanen on another way to recycle paint
Thanks to the new statewide paint-recycling program operated by PaintCare, it’s now easy to recycle unused paint at locations across Maine. There’s also Belfast artist Eric Leppanen, who has pioneered what he calls the “upcycling” of old paint to create his art. Continue reading
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-April 2016
By Emma Wilson Managing Director, Art Collector Maine
Whenever I fly into Portland, I marvel at the curved horizon line framed in my window, the vivid colors of nature, and the intersection of earth, sea, and sky. When viewing seascapes by Eric Hopkins, which often allow us to look down, out, and over at the same time, I am struck by the same expansiveness, brilliant use of color, and sense of movement. It feels as though he is advancing us through space when of course it is his paint and forms that move our eyes around the canvas. The rhythm is constant, never wanting our eyes to rest.
April is an exciting month for Art Collector Maine and Portland Art Gallery in particular. For the first time in over 28 years, Eric will be having a solo showing, April 7 through May 1 at our Middle Street gallery. Eric’s increasing recognition as an American artist and the recent expansion of our now 1,400-square-foot gallery make this an ideal moment to collaborate.
In his show, Explorations and Connections, Eric engages us with his artistic process and extraordinary sense of place. In Down the Point we are introduced to his new wood- cutout landscapes. Adding sawdust for texture and using a technique similar to shingling a house, he layers pieces of wood that are shaped like trees, clouds and water. Also available for the first time are works from Eric’s private collection, including Thorofare #2, a large aerial view of North Haven looking toward Isle of Haut that has moved with him to every place he has lived since 1994.
We’re equally excited to debut an artist’s proof of Fish 1. When Eric was a young child and caught his first fish, he looked with joy at its shining yellow scales and hurried home, eager to show his prize to his mother. But when he reached into his pail, he instead found a gray, lifeless creature. Immediately, he fetched his poster paints and returned the fish to its original colorful glory. Eric’s father shared that remembrance with his son shortly before he died in 1979. After his death, Eric began his Fish series, a subject matter that remains significant in his art.
Eric’s tagline for many years has been “Reflect, Project, and Connect.” Here at Portland Art Gallery we are endeavoring to do the same. We are reflecting on our journey over the past four years and projecting that 2016 will be our best year yet, as we offer more space to showcase our artists and work with a growing number of collectors, while we passionately connect with our cultural community.
Please join us in celebrating this special moment for Eric Hopkins and Portland Art Gallery.
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