Welcome to artist-owned Centre Street Arts Gallery (CSAG), located at 11 Centre Street in Bath, Maine, and happy New Year to our many friends and patrons. The first winter show has now been hung, and the gallery is open weekly from Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We invite you to join us for a reception this Friday, January 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The first show of 2019 includes a special exhibit (see below) of book artists, called the Critique Group, from the Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine. These artists work with a variety of media, book structures and subject matter, and will be on exhibit until February 8. Please stop in and see their handmade books as well as new work by our 20 members artists.
The current show also includes paintings by our two newest associates, Ed McCartan and Page O’Rourke. Samples of their work are shown below, but please visit the Artist pages to see more of their paintings and read their artist statements. Ed uses botanical, spiritual and expressive imagery to create complex, abstract compositions reflecting his background in theology and philosophy. Nature provides his inspiration. Ed has been a life-long teacher of studio art and art history and will bring a new dimension to the gallery’s stable of talent.
Page too will expand the breadth of the gallery’s offerings, bringing a new approach to landscape painting. With a background as a children’s book illustrator, she paints vibrant Maine scenes in a joyful, graphic style which she describes as “pop folk art”. She is seldom without her sketchbook as she ventures from her studio, translating iconic images of Maine, such as Red’s Eats below, into her unique style. Come and meet both new artists at the January 18 reception!
CSAG is proud to be a member of Bath’s strong artist community. The town now boasts three fine art galleries and many artist studios, in addition to the Chocolate Church Arts Center. Having long attracted painters and others interested in the arts, Bath sponsors art walks from May to September annually. CSAG hosts public receptions as part of these art celebrations. Please join us for a glass of wine at one of our receptions while you browse the latest works of our member artists.