Denmark Arts Center plans to host an art opening of “Viewpoints: Particular Visions Distinct Perspectives” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. The show will be on view through Oct. 23.
Artists Janet Gill and Jeremiah Gill’s show focuses on two people who have been married for a while become one in many ways, though retaining their individual viewpoints — visible in how they perceive the world and produce art.
Over the years, Janet has pursued her interest in art through various mediums — photography, printmaking, stained glass, music, painting, graphic design, and pottery. She has sought instruction through various workshops and classes. During the 1980’s, a job at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine created a desire to attend an art school. Janet studied the basics and focused on printmaking at the Portland School of Art (now MECA) in Portland.
“I love working with pastels. I am drawn to their rich and vibrant color and the energy that can be achieved by the actual pastel stroke or mark. There are endless ways of experimenting with this medium which makes it interesting and exciting. When choosing subject matter and composition, color seems to be foremost in my mind. It is what excites me and draws me to a subject. My color choices often reflect what I am viewing but as the painting develops my color becomes more intuitive and somewhat pushed as I try to express the “feeling” of what I am painting and respond to the painting itself,” Janet said according to a news release from the center.
Jeremiah enhanced his drawing skills at the University of Rochester, and then graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut. He was featured at the Island Art Gallery (Kennedy Studios) on Martha’s Vineyard.
“Architectural rendering taught me to draw things that do not exist. Studying shadows was especially helpful. Working from blueprints and drawing freehand with ink and permanent art makers, I produced images of what the building would ultimately look like, Jeremiah said.
“Now I paint for the pleasure of capturing the feeling of beauty and energy that exists — in people, at the ocean, in the mountains or desert. Big vistas, cozy cottages, shady nooks, they can all entrance us when the light is right and we suddenly awaken. Painting that moment when I feel “Ooohh” is what keeps me excited. Being able to share it with others is a joy, and when I hang it in my home it is like a permanent window into that beauty that I so loved!”
The Gills will talk about their work, style, and inspirations and perhaps performing a song or two. Denmark Arts Center will have light food and beverages available.
Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, visit denmarkarts.org.