Richard Boyd Art Gallery

April 2014 – Jane Herbert, Pam Cabanas, Wyatt Barr and Petrea Noyes Exhibit in April at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

(Portland, ME) ‘It’s Not So Black and White IV’ an annual exhibit at Richard Boyd Art gallery opens on Friday, April 4th at 10:00 a.m.  The exhibition explores works by four artists predominantly using the colors black and white or values of black and white to create variations in tone from deep hues of black to silvery grays. On exhibit are paintings in a variety of styles from traditional to contemporary in acrylic by artist Jane Herbert, landscapes in ink-on-paper by Pam Cabanas, portraits in ink wash by Wyatt Barr, and a contemporary digital work in ink-on-canvas by Petrea Noyes.

Jane Herbert grew up in New Jersey where the building of highways, industry and shopping malls on farmland in wild places dominated her experience of the Garden State. “The sense of disconnection I felt while I lived there were eased in the sanctuay of solitude. Creativity became my close and life-long friend. The alternative beat of the sixties appealed to me and I went along for the ride with my art supplies to chronicle the adventures. I managed a year of art school in the seventies (Montserrat School of Visual Art) but yielded to the siren call of driving and painting across Europe in a VW Bus. My painting style is born out of my experiences. The bold colors of the sixties have mellowed and blended with the background, along with the sometimes humorous, sometimes dark pen and inks left along the road. The sketchbooks, the commercial art jobs I was fortunate to have, and especially the doodling and dreaming of challenging times, are part of the palette of my life. The basis for my painting is spiritual. I connect my personal reality with a larger consciousness. I see archetypes in my subjects and honor those classic themes with traditional style.”

A native of Long Island, NY Pam Cabanas is a multi talented fine artist working in the mid-coast region of coastal Maine. Pam graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in the 1970’s and holds a post graduate degree from the University of New Mexico. An educator, entrepreneur and established fine artist for over 40 years, Pam’s paintings in ink-on-paper focus on the islands, coves and ledges of her hometown in Maine. Working in studio and en plein-air, Cabanas is well known in the mid-coast region for her pastel portraits of sea birds and her paintings depicting the harsh yet beautiful coast of Maine. Pam sees her paintings as expressions of life, love, and Maine.

Wyatt Barr is a 2012 graduate of the Maine College of Art with a degree in Illustration. A native of Maine, Wyatt has a passion for portraitures which he has continued to pursue often drawing characters he meets in the streets of Portland. Barr explores his subjects in black and white using traditional and experimental techniques combining ink and charcoal on paper. His current body of work is a series of portraits done in ink depicting homeless individuals. Wyatt’s portraits capture the raw emotions of his subjects, realistically depicting their superficial qualities as well as alluding to their less obvious dispositions.

A trained fine artist, Petrea Noyes has created art for more than 50 years. Her current body of contemporary work is a series of modern digital collage images on canvas. Petrea in her words, “says my creative process is exactly the same as it was fifty years ago, but my tools and equipment have changed. I use an Intous tablet to clone, paint, and draw my pieces much as I would create a conventional collage. I never start with a blank canvas but use something with forms that I find appealing as a bais to begin a new piece. I clone repeatedly to build unexpected shapes and combinations and try very hard not to try to control the direction of the work by thinking of the traditional rules or concerns of composition. When I finish an image I find compelling I print the piece with a 44-inch Epson archival inkjet printer on specially coated high quality canvas, and stretch the piece on deep profile stretcher bars and coat with acrylic gels and glazes.” Petrea’s work is exhibited nationally and is held in numerous corporate and public collections including the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, Massachusetts, Marriot Hotels in Hartford, Connectcut and Colorado State University.

The exhibit is on view free to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

Jane Herbert ~ 'The Milky Way" ~ Acrylic-on-Canvas

Jane Herbert ~ ‘The Milky Way’ ~ Acrylic-on-Canvas

through April 30, 2014. Please join the artists at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Saturday, April 5 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. The gallery is located on Peaks Island, ME at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right first floor. For additional information about the exhibit please contact Pamela Williamson at the gallery by phone at 207-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .

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