Richard Boyd Art Gallery

August 2017: Jane Herbert ‘Natural Order’ a Solo Exhibition of Paintings

Jane Herbert ~ 'Clammers' ~ Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 36"

(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of ‘Natural Order’ a solo exhibition of paintings by artist Jane Herbert on Tuesday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow on the 12th.

A self-taught artist, Herbert has created fine art for more than five decades. Her traditional style of paintings are a response to nature and the beauty of daily life and industry in coastal Maine communities which continue to thrive amid development.

The public is invited to meet Jane at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Saturday, August 12 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. when she will be available to discuss her work.

The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through August 29, 2017.

About Jane Herbert

A gifted fine artist, living in Damariscotta, Maine when asked about her painting style and education Herbert replied, “My painting style is born out of my experiences. I have an unstructured approach to art and life that serves me well. Instead of earning a formal education I gathered my brushes and toured Europe in a micro-bus, painting and learning as I went.

Jane Herbert ~ 'Spring Morning' ~ Acrylic on Canvas 16" x 20"

Jane Herbert ~ ‘Spring Morning’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas 16″ x 20″

When asked what inspires you to paint? Jane replied, “There is wild beauty all around. The painting, “Spring Morning” is a response to the beauty of a particular place. I had often driven past this scene, catching nothing more than a flash of landscape in a break of roadside trees. This May, I bundled up and treated myself to a sunrise there. While the occasional commuter drove by at highway speed, I stood in the frosty weeds.

Upon reflection, I wonder if this is my work- to witness changing light, rising mist, a pair of mallards feeding, a muskrat swimming from one hummock to another – not a slower pace, but a timeless one. There is something sacred in the untamed life that endures amid the structures of progress.

When I see clammers, bent at drawing their livelihoods out of the mud flats, my heart is reassured. Surely this is a scene linked to antiquity and all humankind. The painting, “Clammers on a Summer Evening” is a studio piece, done after several plein air sessions, along Broad Cove in Bremen. I watched a real-life ballet, as clammers brought their small boats through the bends of rising water, in time with the tide and setting sun. I could hear their voices, as they talked about the day and their plans for the evening. As they drove off in pick-up trucks, I packed up my supplies and a couple pounds of clams for dinner.

The paintings in this show exhibit my respect for the ways of nature and personal affinity for tranquility and beauty, where I see it.”

About the Gallery

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island in Portland, ME at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street. The gallery represents a diverse group of established and emerging artists with a connection to the state of Maine, creating original works of visual art in a broad range of styles from contemporary to traditional realism.

During the months of April through October the gallery is open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. From November through the end of March the gallery is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Additional days and times can be scheduled by appointment.

For more information about the exhibit or reception please contact Richard Boyd Art Gallery by phone at 207-712-1097, via email at or visit . Like the gallery on Facebook at .

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