American Art Collector; Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

aac1_s The February issue of American Art Collector has a great story of the Maine trip and upcoming exhibitions, including lots of images. It should be out on newsstands soon if it isn't already. And still plenty of time to book your tickets to Boston!


Christina's World, 1948, © Andrew Wyeth, tempera on panel, 32" x  48", Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Relatedly, but on a much sadder note, I've just learned that Andrew Wyeth, one of the greatest American artists, just passed away last night or early this morning at the age of 91. You can read about him and his life here and here. The small town our group of artists stayed at up in Maine is where Andrew lived. Paul Schulenburg, one of the guys on the trip with paintings in the upcoming exhibitions (including a painting of Andrew's studio) put it nicely: "Although we didn't get to meet him on our visit, it was nice to know he was around."

"Paintapalooza" at Cape Cod Museum of Art, Addison Art Gallery

the-proximity-of-a-town-monhegan_s The Proximity of a Town, Monhegan, 12 1/2" x 16", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Happy New Year to everyone; a new year filled with Art, Music, Food, Family, and Gingerbread, all the good things in life and not necessarily in that order. We really are living in the best period of history, with lots to be thankful for. The gathering of artists at Port Clyde, Maine in September 2008 (see my previous posts about the trip here and here) will be the focus of two concurrent exhibitions on Cape Cod early this new year. The first, opening at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, will feature a painting from each of the artists and will run from January 17 – March 22, 2009 at the museum. A reception will be held on the evening of February 13.


Anchored in Good Foundations, Port Clyde, 20" x 24", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell; Exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA.

The second part will be at Addison Art Gallery, with the opening reception on Saturday, February 14 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the gallery (President’s Day Weekend) and continuing through March 15, 2009. This exhibition will feature many more works from the twelve artists on the Maine trip. See the gallery’s page for the exhibition here, and click on the photos of the artists to see more of their artwork in the exhibition. Book your travel plans now, as there will be a lot of great art to see! Hope to see you there.

You can see a slideshow of the six paintings I will be sending for the exhibitions, online here.


Eric Merrell and Glenn Dean, Monhegan Island, Maine, September 2008.

"Port Clyde 13" in Cape Cod

Monhegan Harbor, 8" x 8", Oil on board, © Eric Merrell

Thanks to the tireless efforts of some of our east coast compatriots, plans are coming together for an exhibition of work from the recent trip to be held at The Cape Cod Museum of Art in January 2009, followed by an exhibition at nearby Addison Art Gallery in February. Check out the nice video clip of the trip put together by Jeremy Lipking. For more about the trip from some of the other artists, check out Frank Gardner's blog and Colin Page's journal. Make your travel plans to Cape Cod now, because the artists are hard at work creating some great art to see in January!

Jeremy Lipking and Eric Merrell painting at Marshall Point, Maine.

Port Clyde Neighborhood, Maine, 8" x 10", Oil on board, © Eric Merrell

Logan Hagege, Glenn Dean and Eric Merrell at the Monhegan House.

Maine 2008

Monhegan Island, Sept. 18, 2008; l-r, back row: Jeff Bonasia, Paul Schulenburg, Eric Merrell, Casey Baugh, Jeremy Lipking, Logan Hagege, Ernesto Nemesio, Glenn Dean. Kneeling: Frank Gardner, Eric ? (Peter Kalil, Jerome Greene and Colin Page are missing from the photo.)

Marshall Point Sunset, 6" x 8", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Back from Maine, what a great trip. Everyone was usually up early and out the door, painting all day until the light ran out. We painted some great sunsets out at the Marshall Point Lighthouse, and the full moon rose early over the ocean too. Then it was back to the house for some great dinners (thanks to Frank, Jeff, and everyone who whipped up some home cooking). After dinner on the 15th the crisp bright moonlight was wonderful, so I grabbed my book lights and gear and worked on a sketch in the backyard of the house. (Bearing the name "Nanatuck" across the front porch, the house apparently belonged previously to an artist by the name of Carl Sublett (1919-2008).

Nanatuck Nocturne, 8" x 6", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

The group numbered 14-15 artists or so at its fullest, I think, with the house so packed that some slept on couches and in hallways on extra mattresses. All sorts of discussions ranged late into each evening, from the details of outdoor painting to galleries to the history and art of the area, at times touching on who put the rubber snake in Colin's bed.

Thanks especially to Paul Schulenburg, who organized the lion's share of the trip.

Maine 2006

Monhegan Island from Ocean Point, Maine, 9" x 12", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

I'm heading back to Maine next week to join a great group of artists to paint in Port Clyde. These are some sketches that I did in September and October 2006 on my first trip to Maine with members of the Portuguese Bend Art Colony. We stayed at Edward Redfield's house in Boothbay Harbor and also out on Monhegan Island, 10 miles off the coast. In the sketch above you can just barely make out Monhegan way off in the distance. 

Cloud Reflections, Southport Island, Maine, 8" x 8", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Maine has such a wonderful renewing sense to it, a simplicity, and has such a special artistic heritage too. I'm sure we'll get a lot of great pieces out of the trip.

Thanks, Frank, I'm going to add to your idea and link to everyone on the trip:

Casey Baugh

Jeffrey Bonasia

Glenn Dean

Frank Gardner

Jerome Greene

Logan Hagege

Peter Kalil

Jeremy Lipking

Ernesto Nemesio

Colin Page

Paul Schulenberg