Past Show

For the remainder of the winter, Camden Falls Gallery will feature a collection of winter plein air paintings by well-known Maine artist, Stefan Pastuhov. All of the works depict scenes from the local area and were created within a 10-mile radius of the artist’s Lincolnville home. “You don’t have to go far to find beautiful scenes in Maine,” says Pastuhov, acknowledging that he sometimes spends considerable time driving around looking for “just the right places” to paint. In this collection, those places include quiet snow-covered woods, scenic hillsides, and rural roads from Warren to Belmont, as well as several picturesque locations found within the artist’s own backyard.

When painting en plein air during Maine’s cold winters, Pastuhov says he approaches his work “with alacrity,” remarking that, “There’s just so much more information (to paint) when you are actually outside than you can ever get from a photo.” As he explains how he dresses for the weather and mixes additives with his paints to keep them fluid in the bitter cold, Pastuhov states, “You can’t paint when it’s below zero (and) you can only paint until your feet get cold, then you have to stop. When you’re standing in one place that happens, but I have boots that are good to -60 degrees and a one-piece arcticwear suit.” And with a twinkle in his eye he adds, “The trick is to not make the painting look too cold.”

Stefan’s winter work will be on view until things warm up a bit. For the remainder of the winter, the gallery will be open on Fridays (12:00-5:00pm), Saturdays (10:00am-5:00pm), Sundays (12:00-5:00pm), and by appointment, weather permitting. Please use the Bayview Street entrance through The Maine Gathering. For more information or to make an appointment, email or call 207-322-5651.