Past Show

Camden, ME— Camden Falls Gallery is honored to open its 2018 season with Homecoming, opening
Friday, June 8 from 5-7 PM with an artist’s reception.

Homecoming features the works of celebrated mixed media artist Ann Trainor Domingue and other
house artists.

“The title resonates on various levels,” says Howard Gallagher, owner of Camden Falls Gallery. He and
his wife Margaret have run year-round retail businesses in Camden for 37 years. This year they embraced
partial retirement and have adopted a seasonal business profile.

Like migrating waterfowl, the Gallaghers have become ‘snowbirds’. Homecoming is personal to them.
“I don’t want to say it’s like migrating fish returning to their place of origin, but there’s something really
special about coming home to the gallery on the edge of Camden Harbor,” said Gallagher. “The schooners
shed their winter covers and the harbor just explodes with activity in anticipation of the summer to come.
It’s like that in the gallery as well, we have shed winter, and the gallery is bursting with new and exciting
work.”

The interplay of family, work, and home are at the core of coastal community life. They can be seen in
Trainor Domingue’s playful, overlapping layers of texture, color, and repetitive forms.

In The Best Part of the Day, a school of simplified fish arch overhead and tumble in a torrent across a
fisherman’s midsection, suggesting primordial forces cascading from a burst dam. Negative rectangular
shapes created by the dockside piers act as anchoring counterpoints. It is the title, however, that leads
us into the heart of the painting. A bell-shaped woman stands, back lit, in a doorway. The fisherman
turns his head toward what surely is his home, with all the richness and heartache that connotes.

Icons are visual images, usually rendered in strong, simple compositions, that lead the viewer through
the realm of the senses into a more contemplative state. Trainor Domingue’s iconic imagery transcends
a particular time and place, capturing our imagination with archetypal human beings and their
mysterious lives. The imagery is intricate, yet free-flowing. Her work reminds us of the delicate
ecosystems that thrive in the Gulf of Maine and Penobscot Bay, which are sometimes threatened by the
intersection of human industry and enterprise.

Trainor Domingue was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. Summer
holidays spent on Cape Cod deepened her affinity for coastal estuaries, harbor towns, and the doughty
New Englanders who earn their living from the sea.

“My work has transitioned from a focus on coastal structures and architecture toward incorporating the
humanity of the working waterfront by bringing meaningful relationships between people, work and the
landscape together in paintings that visualize this idea in uncommon ways,” said Trainor Domingue.

After graduating from Rhode Island College, Trainor Domingue had a successful career as an illustrator
and art director. Two artist residencies from the Copley Society in Boston enabled her to return to
Provincetown to paint after her escape from the corporate world.

Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, Camden, ME.
The gallery is open daily from 10am-5pm, and the show will run June 8th – June 26th.
For more information, call (207) 470-7027 or email info@camdenfallsgallery.com .