Richard Boyd Art Gallery

October 2017: ‘Scenes of Maine’ an Annual Exhibit of Paintings

Randy Eckard ~ 'Almost October' ~ Watercolor on Paper 15" x 21"

(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens Scenes of Maine an annual exhibit of visual arts depicting imagery of Maine on October 1 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow on the 7th.

The exhibit showcases the diversity of subject matter in Maine which has long been a source of inspiration for artists. On display are paintings in a variety of mediums and styles depicting scenes from the interior, to the islands, coves and working waterfronts in Maine. Each work is the artist’s interpretation of a scene in Maine.

Scenes of Maine features original paintings by Patricia Chandler – oil, cold wax and mixed media; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Wilson Stewart – acrylic; and Austin Stilphen – oil.

You’re invited to meet artists Patricia Chandler and Wilson Stewart at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery Saturday, October 7 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. when they will be available to discuss their work.

The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through October 31, 2017.


About the Artists

Pat Chandler ~ 'Blizzard' ~ Oil on Panel 48" x 24"

Pat Chandler ~ ‘Blizzard’ ~ Oil on Panel 48″ x 24″

Patricia Chandler’s career as a trained commercial and fine artist spans more than five decades. She received her BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Pat’s portfolio of paintings includes work in a variety of mediums from oil to cold wax depicting iconic scenes in Maine. When asked about her creative process and style Pat replied, “My creative process and production inevitably refer to my geographic roots. Maine’s more remote regions inspired many of my later works to the same degree that its landscapes informed my early life. In all of my paintings there is a continuum that began in realism and over time evolved into more expressionistic works.”











Randy Eckard ~ 'More Than Chance' ~ Watercolor on Paper 15" x 21"

Randy Eckard ~ ‘More Than Chance’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15″ x 21″

Raised in North Carolina, Randy Eckard studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. A gifted trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, ME his career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades.

Eckard is known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. His iconic architectural landscapes are expertly detailed and capture the essence of New England.







Austin Stilphen ~ ‘Mountain Glory’ ~ Oil on Canvas 20.5″ x 32.5″

Born and raised in Maine, Austin Stilphen responds to the ever changing landscape of Maine by creating representational landscape paintings in oil.

Austin’s paintings depict his interpretation of rural scenes in Maine untouched by modernization. He has the same vision as many landscape artists before him, to reawaken our love of nature and rural areas in Maine.







Wilson Stewart ~ "Fall Break" ~ Acrylic on Canvas Panel 11" x 14"

Wilson Stewart ~ “Fall Break” ~ Acrylic on Canvas Panel 11″ x 14″

Wilson Stewart is a visual artist and Licensed Land Surveyor living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Influenced by his grandmother, a gifted sketch artist, Wilson has drawn on and off again since childhood.

Mainly self-taught, Wilson began painting later in life. His current series of paintings, in acrylic on canvas panels, include landscapes and scenes of daily life in Portland, ME and the islands of Casco Bay.







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.

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 contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at or visit the gallery’s website at . Like the gallery on Facebook at .

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