Portuguese Bend Art Colony

"Reflections of the Peninsula" Opens Saturday

Members of the Portuguese Bend Art Colony painting at Abalone Cove. The Portuguese Bend Art Colony will  present their 10th annual exhibition, Reflections of the Peninsula, in conjunction with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the new Terranea Resort, September 18 - October 3, 2009, and opening to the public this Saturday, September 19 from 1-4 p.m. Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum, will give a lecture at 2:00 p.m. A good portion of the sales from this annual event go to help land preservation in the area.

Formed in 1998, the group includes artists Stephen Mirich, Daniel Pinkham, Vicki Pinkham, Amy Sidrane, Kevin Prince, Thomas Redfield, and Richard Humphrey.

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