Richard Boyd Art Gallery

May 2015 – Felicity Sidwell “A Solo Exhibition of Paintings”

Felicity Sidwell ~ "Phippsburg" ~ Oil on Canvas 20" x 30"
Felicity Sidwell ~ "Phippsburg" ~ Oil on Canvas 20" x 30"

Felicity Sidwell ~ “Phippsburg” ~ Oil on Canvas 20″ x 30″

(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of paintings by award winning artist Felicity Sidwell on Friday, May 1 at 10:00 am.  The public is invited to meet Felicity at a reception in her honor at the gallery on Saturday, May 2 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm where she will be available to discuss her paintings.

Many of sidwell’s paintings have their start “en plein air” inspired by her perception of nature and the land around her. In Felicity’s words, “In my paintings I strive to share the joy I feel when immersed in the natural world untouched by human intervention.

Felicity Sidwell ~" Lupines" ~ Oil 16" x 22"

Felicity Sidwell ~ “Lupines” ~ Oil 16″ x 22″

Yes we are a part of this world and like the ocean we make our presence felt by the changes we make to the environment, but it is the sense of exhilaration in a storm, the contented love of a summer beach or the peace of an autumn salt marsh, that I long to share with others away from the buildings and the trappings of modern society. Fishing villages of coastal Maine and small family farms, seem to me part of an older, more natural order that fit into the environment with a beauty of their own.

I grew up in rural England and spent summers sailing and playing on England’s coast. Having lived and painted in Connecticut for over 35 years the move to Maine in 2007 brought an immediate strong connection with this wild rocky coastline tempered by sandy coves and the salt marshes of river estuaries.

Felicity Sidwell ~ "Pemaquid Rocks" ~ Oil 24" x 36"

Felicity Sidwell ~ “Pemaquid Rocks” ~ Oil 24″ x 36″

I paint outside, “en Plein air” as much as possible to capture and express in paint the fleeting colors of land and sky that are so dependent on the atmospheric conditions of the day and season of the year.” Felicity’s paintings are exhibited nationally and held in numerous collections around the world.

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street in the first building on the right, on the first floor. The exhibit is on view free of charge to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily through May 31, 2015. For additional information about the exhibit or reception please call the gallery at 207-712-1097, email or . For weekly updates or news please like the gallery on Facebook at .

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