Peabody Memorial Library Jonesport

Peabody Memorial Library ~ Jonesport, Maine

A community library serving Jonesport, Beals, and Addison

Art in the Library Artists' Gallery

Featured in this online gallery are artists who have participated in previous and current Art in the Library art shows.

To learn more about each artist and to see a photo of their artwork, click on the artist's name.

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Etta Abraham - Photography & Watercolors

When it comes to creativity, Etta considers herself more a writer than a visual artist.  However, she enjoys creating watercolors and taking pictures, and has been honing her photographic skills with Hoz Hosley.  Etta likes to photograph wildlife on vacations and around her house.  A native New Yorker who lived in East Lansing, Michigan and taught at Michigan State for many years, she moved to Maine year-round with her husband, Herb Greenberg, and their several furry friends in 2002.  In addition to writing, she enjoys cooking, the computer, and teaching courses at Sunrise Senior College where she's been on the board since 2003.  She also is a volunteer at Friends of the Library.

Eunice Agar - All mediums

Eunice Agar has been a seasonal resident of Jonesport since 1987, and prior to then stayed at Ray’s Point in Millbridge. She is a realist painter who does landscapes on location and also makes figurative genre pictures of crowds of people. The Fourth of July in Jonesport is a favorite subject. Her media are oil, casein, and watercolor, all the drawing media; and block and intaglio printmaking. Ms. Agar has exhibited locally at the U of Maine, Machias and Woodwind Gallery and is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Arts in New York City. During the winter she lives in Great Barrington, MA.

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Justina Alley - charcoal, acrylic

Justina Alley is a senior at Jonesport-Beals High School.  She has been in love with art since she discovered Crayola at age three.  Now she loves working in acrylic and drawing in charcoal.  Justina recently attended Montserrat College of Arts pre college summer program where she got a taste of what college is like.  She exclaims enthusiastically "I can't wait until next year when I will attend real college.  I plan to major in art education and eventually become an art teacher, but until then I will just continue to do what I love:  create!"

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Valerie Aponik - Plein Air

Valerie Aponik lives and works from her studio/home on Great Wass Island.  Primarily a plein air painter, Aponik is often found along the local waterfront, islands, homes and gardens of coastal Maine in all four seasons.  Known for her use of color and passionate brush work to convey light and form she could be described as an impressionist.  "Painting in the moment, witnessing the everyday" is Aponik's greatest passion.  Primarily a self-taught artist, Aponik believes she will continue to study and grow through workshops, painting with fellow artists, and studying the Masters.  Her goal is to keep her work fresh and grow as an artist.  Her work is collected locally, nationally, and internationally, both private and corporate.  She received First Place Painting Fall of 2008 in Bar Harbor's Art by the Sea Show and honored with First Place, Best of Show, and People's Choice in the Maine Coast Competition in 2006.  Her work can be found locally at the Nelson Decoy Gallery.  Other galleries showing Aponik's work include Archipelago in Rockland, Blue Hill Bay Gallery in Blue Hill and Woodwind Gallery in Machias.  Contact:  Valerie Aponik at PO Box 226, Beals, Maine 04611.  Phone:  207-497-3442, email or check out her website at

Joan Balcom - Oil

Joan Balcom's oil paintings begin on site as she puts brush and paint to canvas creating oil sketches to catch the light and excitement of the moment.  A member of the New Hampshire Artists Association and the Women's Caucus for Art, she also regularly exhibits at Sumapee Fair with the New Hampshire League of Craftsmen.  Other special exhibits include the Robert Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Currier Museum of Art and Art 3 in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Robert Frost Gallery at Southern University and presently Plymouth State University Gallery in Ludlow, Vermont, and at art festivals in New Hampshire and Maine.

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Joan Beal - Photography

Joan Beal is a native of Beals who never ceases to be intrigued by the beauty and nature that surrounds her life.  Whether working in her masterful garden on Great Wass Island or breathing in the magnificence of the salt air at her camp at the end of the island, Joan is enamored with her surrounds.  Starting with a disposable camera years ago, she has graduated to a Kodak Z740 digital and can print what she likes out of the thousands of photos she takes of flowers, birds, wildlife animals and the sea.  Her range of items available to the public includes note and greeting cards; framed and unframed photography.  Phone 497-5908 before 7pm.  Email:

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Ray Beal - Photography

Ray Beal is a seventh generation native of Beals. He has an associate's degree in photography from the University of Maine at Augusta; a Bachelor's in Education at the University of Maine, Machias.  The photographic process helps him focus his attention in the present moment. He calls this process "stitching the shadow."  His photographic work may be characterized by three general themes: Floral and nature studies and Downeast community life.  Others have described his work as specializing in the four seasons.  

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Marshia Brown - oil

Marshia Brown has been involved and active in the arts since 1970.  In Jonesort she established the first Artists Studio Tour and then "Art in the Library" for the Peabody Memorial Library.  As Chairman of these self supporting projects, her main concern is promoting arts and the artists in the community, stressing the importance of art for children and also encouraging people to become more familiar with the library and it's importance to the community.

Having shown in over 30 galleries, she has been featured in media write-ups and honored with many awards.  She and her husband Bob live in Jonesport where they are avid boaters.


Mariner Bunker - photography, drawing

Mariner Bunker purchased his first camera in 1967 while serving in the Navy. A friend who worked in the ship’s photo lab introduced him to photography. After the Navy Mariner attended Beals Business College and received an Associate Degree in Business Administration. He started working for LaVerdiero’s Drug Store in 1972 and he and his wife Donna made several moves in the state for the company. He settled in Belfast where he opened a small part time photo studio doing graduation and wedding photos.

"I've never thought of myself as an artist. Just someone capturing photos of this country we are so privileges to live in. My passion now is sunrises and sunsets of the Beals/Jonesport area” states Bunker.

Mariner is also an accomplished artist and does many black and white drawings. He and his wife Donna reside in Beals.

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Greg Campbell - Oil

Greg Campbell was raised in Sedgwick, Maine, graduated from George Stevens Academy in 1960 and then attended the University of Maine for an all together too long a time. In 1968 he and his family moved to Michigan and Greg worked for General Motors Research for 13 years. He started painting in the 70’s as a stress relief. He worked for Mobil Chemical Research from 1981 to 1984 and then was an administrator and taught Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University for 24 years. He and Sue moved to Jonesport in 2008 after retiring from his 40 year technical research and development career which focused on polymers and plastics. He picked up the paint brushes for the first time in 30 years to take part in the Robert Beck clinic 4 years ago. He continues to work toward developing a style that is inspired by Richard Schmidt and others.

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Lynn Chapman - watercolor

Lynn Chapman is originally from Massachusetts and moved to Florida in 1985. Her creative spirit always found an outlet in sketching, needlework, textiles and a variety of crafts. After becoming a summer resident of Jonesport in 2004, and being inspired by the striking beauty of the local environment, she began dabbling in watercolor. She was surprised by the satisfaction it brought. Her paintings, which started as personal self-expression, soon became admired by her friends, who appreciate the ethereal quality of her work. They are struck by her ability to capture the details of nature and the nuances and mood of light. We look forward to discovering more of Lynn's talent as she happily paints from her house on Breeze Street.

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Jean Chester - photography

Jean Chester grew up and also raised her family in Pennsylvania. Then after a sixteen year residency in Vermont she finally moving to Addison Maine in 2006. Here she can pursue her major interests: gardens, nature and nautical. A class at Senior College expanded her interests to include digital photography and has brought new dimension to her other three fascinations. She also recently took a drawing class and hopes to return to painting and exploring her passion for color, thus adding another exciting challenge.

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Bett Daley - photography

Her photographic note cards were goodwill gifts to Croatian and Slovenian musicians, directors and dignitaries during a 2007 goodwill fund raising trip with a 220 voice woman's a capella chorus. The trip brought awareness and funding for de-mining the Bukava minefield a native New Englander who has always possessed a love for the magnificence of nature and enjoys capturing that image through a photographic lens. At age 8 she received her first camera as a gift and began expression through art with photography. Her artistic talents are represented through photography, jewelry-making and fiber arts. She holds a Master’s degree in social work and currently works as a counselor in Ellsworth.

Bett resides in Jonesport on Kelley Point Road with her husband, Michael Crotto, her dog Fletcher and her cat, Vera Louise.

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Brenda Dodge - Photography

Brenda Dodge is a superb photographer who creates unique floral and animal portraits, landscapes and sea scenes, finds her subjects mainly in the Jonesport/Beals area.  A resident of Great Wass Island, her pictures have appeared in magazines, newspapers and books.  Her work is also available as matted/framed prints, postcards, and greeting cards.  Always looking for a fresh, new approach, she works additionally with watercolors and pastels.  Phone:  497-2838.

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Carole Donovan - Photography / Oil / Acrylics / Relief Carvings / Woodburnings

Carole Donovan has been showing with "Art in the Library" since its inception and her often whimsical and thematic paintings have pleased and brought smile and pleasure to local art lovers. She and her husband, Stuart, live on Englishman Bay in Jonesport, where they are owned by a kitty named Queeky, often a subject of her paintings.  She dabbles in stained-glass, creating three-dimensional sailboats, and she creates mosaics to use up left-over pieces of glass that would otherwise go to waste. She is also a Board member of Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport where she is in charge of hiring musicians to perform in the library's Music in the Library concert series. Email:

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Jean Fardelmann - Photography

Jean Fardelman is a devoted student of Sunrise Senior College where she was introduced to photography by Jenne Heavrin.  She also studied "Psychology of Perception" with John McMurray, and "Advanced Photography" with Henry Hosley at SSC.  She was a participant in the Meet the Artists tour in August 2006, the Addison Studio Art Tour in 2007, Over the Reach Art Guild's Artist Studio tour 2009, and she has shown with the Machias Bay Chamber Concert Association at the Center Street Congregational Church.  She has been showing with Art in the Library since it's inception in December of 2006.  Email: 

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Beth L. Ferriero - watercolor

Beth L. Ferriero is a local artist who has lived in Maine for the past 22 years.  She worked as a stern man on her husband's lobster boat for 12 years and said it was the best job she ever had.  While on the "HoneyB" she learned to appreciate the beautiful coastline of Downeadt Maine and its magnificent islands, birds and marine life which are the inspiration for her paintings. 

She is a self taught artist and has been encouraged, inspired and tutored by her friend and mentor Hazel Carter. 

Two years ago Beth and her husband Paul opened Gray Wolf Gallery in Addison.  The gallery also serves as a base for Paul's Pleasant River Boat Tours.  She is devoted to the gallery and loves the opportunity to display the art work of the Downeast area artists along with her work. 

Larry Finnegan - photography

Larry Finnegan has had an interest in photography since developing black and white pictures in the basement as a young teenager in Pennsylvania. Interest in digital photography was revived after taking a class with Henry Hosley at Senior College. Between traveling, mostly in Guatemala, and living in Downeast Maine he has found an incredible variety of subjects. His interests tend toward landscape and scenes with working people and children.

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Laura Fish - Watercolors, acrylics, oils

Laura L. Fish is Jonesport born and raised. She uses watercolors, acrylics and has just started with oils. She mostly paints lighthouses and other ocean scenes and is currently the art and ELA teacher at Beals Elementary.

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Kenneth Graslie - Oil

Kenneth Graslie began his serious art studies in high school and continued at the Museum School of Fine Art in Massachusetts.  He furthered his education at New England School of Art as an illustration major, graduating in 1970.  He did graduate work at Montserrat College of Art.  His first large show was in 1972 at the Collins Gallery in Boston, followed by a one man show at Wheeler Gallery in Concord, Massachusetts.  Both exhibits were abstract paintings.  After working in a non-conceptional way for many years, he found it refreshing to rediscover Modern Realism.  "My style changes organically depending upon the subject matter, leading to the variations in my art work.  Some pieces are bold, hard line interpretations of life, and others are soft and flowing.  The key to all my paintings is a strong use of color that unites the different styles I use."  Email:

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Jean Guptill - Photography

Jean Guptill is a Jonesport native and retired postmaster.  Her photography passions are lobster boat racing, the grandchildren and their sports.  Other interests include gardening, traveling and reading.  She resides in Jonesport with her husband Lee.

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Jolene Harmon - Oil

Jolene Harmon was born and raised in Jonesport.  She taught herself to sew at a very young age.  Nearly 12 years ago she discovered she had the ability to paint.  She has captured many landmarks in the area.  Her art has allowed her to be an independent fabric designer.  She has three designs in that many years.  Her business has taken on a whole new life with excitement and a new surprise everyday!  Please visit her website at:

Gene Hart - Photography

Gene Hart has an interest in digital photography, where one can immediately lay hands on the images, process them in a "digital darkroom" and print the pictures.  Recent courses at Sunrise Senior college have helped him to discover those special scenes that can make a memorable composition.  He enjoys all kinds of subject matter but his current favorite is abstract, where common things are viewed in an uncommon way, producing striking, even edgy results.

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Robert Head - photography

Robert Head developed an interest in photography as a student at the University of Florida where internationally acclaimed photographer Jerry Uelsmann was a member of the Fine Arts Faculty. Following his graduation from law school he pursued his interest at the US Army Signal Corps photo lab while stationed in Colorado.

Currently he is engaged in digital photography having enhanced his skills at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and also with Henry Hosley. Bob's primary focus is nautical. He hopes to document working wooden lobster boats in downeast Maine.

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Inge Herzog - Pottery

Inge Herzog is a resident of Jonesport who attended the Maine College of Art on a full ride and majored in Ceramics. Her imagery always consists of animals--usually foxes, out of her obsession with her pet fox, Winchester--and her preferred mediums are painting and ceramics.

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Kylie Hinkley - Photography

Kylie Hinkley is currently a nursing student at the University of Maine, Orono. She has been an avid volunteer at Peabody Memorial Library and is the youngest member of the Board of Trustees. Through her volunteer efforts, she has worked diligently with the librarian to upgrade the library with many important programs for all ages, especially for children and teens. She has enjoyed photography as a hobby for many of her teenage years and loves to photograph scenic photos of the Moosabec area. A native of Jonesport, Kylie resides with her family and her pet hamsters Jeffrey and Tommy, along with her cat Jordan.

Marty Reed Hipp - Oil

Marty Reed Hipp started painting in watercolors in the late 1980’s. She studied at the University of Delaware, The Delaware Art Museum, and with well known artists including watercolorist, Geraldine McKeown and pastelist, Elizabeth Mowry. After coming to the Jonesport/Beals area for several summers to paint, Marty and her husband Dave purchased a home on Sandy River Beach and became part time residents of Jonesport. She paints the scenes in Maine in the summer and spends her winters in Middletown, Delaware where she is on the board at the Gibby Art Center. She annually participates in the portrait show at the Hudson Gallery in the Gibby Art Center. Marty does watercolors on traditional and synthetic paper, and also oils and pastels. She participated in the 2006 Artists’ Studio Tour held in Jonesport. Her work can be seen in Maine at the Harbor House in Jonesport and in Delaware at the Gibby Art Center, Middletown.

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Jerry Hoeft - Photography

Jerry Hoeft, a resident of Jonesport, has been an amateur photographer for about 40 years.  He started in Alaska during a long military career.  From glaciers and mountains, to sod houses and buffalo in the Dakotas, he was always looking through the view finder for that unique picture.  Now in retirement, a digital photography course at Sunrise Senior College has awakened a new world of photography for him.  While traveling around he often finds nature will provide him with a world of unusual and unexpected photo opportunities.

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Henry Hosley - Photography

Henry (Hoz) Hosley is a self-taught photographer.  Over his 30-year career, he managed a photo processing lab, taught photography, wasChief Photographer and Photography Department Head for Shore Line Publishing Company in Connecticut, and a "stock" photographer.  Since moving to Maine, he has abandoned "film" for "digital" and the chemical free processing of Adobe Photo Shop.  He is a strong advocate that you don't have to go beyond your backyard/neighborhood to find good pictures.  Light, shadow and texture are ever present.  As a teacher for Sunrise Senior College, he stresses simplicity and composition - a painter adds to a canvas; a photographer subtracts.  

Shawn Johnson, Jr. - Acrylic, Pen, & Watercolor

My name is Shawn Johnson, Jr. I am 15 and a sophomore at Jonesport-Beals High School. I love art and have been drawing since I was three years old. I have a passion for movies and my idol is Steven Spielberg. I plan to attend the College for the Arts in Portland, Maine after I graduate.

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Nancy Kahler - Acrylics

Nancy Kahler is a self-taught artisit who produces a variety of both traditional and experimental paintings.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and other venues in Maine, earning several awards along the way.  Working  primarily in acrylics and mixed media, Nancy's style ranges from representational to whimsical.  She sometimes embeds bits of nature in her paintings or into 3-dimensional pieces made with paper mache.  With a Master's degree in Gerontology, Nancy is an Alzheimer's specialist as well as a Reiki Master.  She worked for an airline for many years, which enabled her to fulfill her dream of traveling to many parts of the world as well as throughout the United States.  Originally from upstate New York, she and her husband have resided in Maine sine 1998.  Email: or phone 207-497-5795. 

Donna-Lee Pierce Kettering - oil

Donna-Lee Pierce Kettering specializes in oil and acrylic paintings of coastal scenes emphasizing architecture and wildlife. She strives to capture the essence of the natural world in an up close personal view using color saturated inspired images. Her art has been shown in numerous galleries up and down the east coast. Donna-Lee is also an accomplished muralist with works throughout the United States. She has a degrees in Studio Fine Art from Clark University at the Worcester Art Museum and Communication/Graphic Design at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts and has a gallery on Main Street in Jonesport.

To contact Donna-Lee: (207) 497-2874

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Karsten Kittelsen - Oil

Karsten Kittelsen works primarily in oil on canvas and canvas board, specializing seascapes, wildlife, and nature.  When he is not painting, he enjoys exploring the Downeast coast in his lobster boat, F/V Grammie out of Eastern Harbor, South Addison.  Karsten grew up on the small island of Veierland off the coast of Norway, the son of a fisherman.  He descended from a long line of artists, including the internationally famous artist and illustrator of children's fairy tales, Theodor Kittelsen.  He emigrated to the United States in 1961, and now makes his home in South Addison, Maine.  Karsten received his education in Europe, Canada, and the United States.  As a teenager, he worked closely with a group of artists from Oslo who had established their summer residences on the island where Karsten grew up, getting his first exposure to oils.  Later in life, he studied under June Carter, John McNeil, and others in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He was particularly influenced by the internationally recognized marine painter William DeGarth of Peggy's Cove fame.  In the late nineties and early 2000's he studied the impressionists (focusing on Edouard Manet and Claude Monet) at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Most recently, he has taken classes from the successful west coast seascape painter E. John Robinson.

Phone:  207-266-6027 or email:


Eleanor Knudson - acrylic

Eleanor Knudson and her husband Paul summer on Crowley Island and sail the U.S. and Canada coasts. After a 30 year career in P.T. and P.E. Ellie began acrylic painting in the winter of 2000 with artist Marie Kubic of New Bern, N.C. This experience opened her eyes and heart to a whole new colorful world of beauty. Three of her seascapes have been awarded medals at the N.C. Silver Arts Competitions. This year she has been exhibiting her paintings at the bank, library and church in Warner, N.H.

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Linda Lapinski - Photography

Linda Lapinski's interest in photography dates back 30 years when she attended a class in her home state of New Jersey.  A harried life and busy family insurance business left little time to indulge her hobby.  Five years ago, after hearing on NPR about Tall Barney's Restaurant in Jonesport, Linda and her husband John decided to take their lives in a new direction.  Now as proprietors of the restaurant, they enjoy the "Downeast" lifestyle and Linda has renewed her interest in photography.  She is never without her digital camera ready for the surprise opportunities to capture the color, detail and texture provided by the natural world.  Phone:  207-497-2403.

Sheila Beal Look - acrylic

Sheila Beal Look was born and raised in Jonesport.  As a small child she liked to draw and as she grew older learned to paint.  She chose acrylics for her medium and taught herself how to paint on wood, slate, shingles, glass or any other type of material that looked interesting to her.  Most of her paintings are now done on canvas and she tend to favor lighthouses and scene from nature as her subjects. 

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Lisa Marin - Oils

Lisa Marin grew up in a family where art was everything.  The influence of her grandfather, the American Modernist John Marin, opened up a world of art and artists for her.  Her parents, John and Norma Marin, made sure that appreciation for the arts was foremost in her life.  Born in New York City, Lisa and her family spent winters in the city and summers at her grandfather's cottage on Cape Split in Addison.  Lisa enjoys working in oils and mixed media.  She is the art instructor for Jonesport & Beals Elementary schools and Jonesport-Beals High School.  Lisa resides in Jonesport with her husband, Arnie Smith.

Katrina Martin - photography

Katrina Martin is a Professional Organizer who works in Boston and summers in Jonesport. Her interest in photography began as a kid growing up in a suburb of Howland, Maine. Passionate about her husband, travel, dance, animals and nature she considers herself an amateur photographer. She’s been blessed to carry a camera from Hawaii to Saudi Arabia. Recently she was delighted to have a photograph published.


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Geraldine McKeown - watercolor

Geraldine McKeown is a professional artist specializing in watercolor. She is a signature member of four watercolor societies, including the National Watercolor Society. Her paintings are featured in six books including “Splash 9” and the upcoming “Splash 12” to be published by North Light Books in May 2011. She has paintings in numerous corporate and private collections, most notably Oprah Winfrey. She is represented by galleries in Maryland and Delaware, and in Maine. A native of Maryland, she maintains a summer studio in Beals.

Website: email:

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John McMurray - sculptor

John McMurray grew up in the Belgian Congo. He left there in 1956 to enroll in Washington Lee University where he received his BA in 1960. Then for seven years he was a sheep farmer in West By God, Virginia, before enrolling in Harvard where he received his Master’s Degree. He taught art from 1967 to 2001 at Andover, Massachusetts. After he retired, he moved to an old salt farm in Addison where he has been raising kinetic outdoor sculptures every since. John’s eccentric and eclectic sculptures take on personalities of their own and often reflect John’s witty sense of humor and fun. In tutoring local individuals in sculpture and teaching many classes for Sunrise Senior College, John jokingly remarks that he might actually be corrupting people by encouraging them into this art.

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Robert Miller - watercolor/mixed medium

Robert Miller is basically a self-taught artist, having painted now for about thirty years. He paints semi-abstracts, mostly of boats and harbor or wharf scenes around Jonesport/Beals. Mixed medium is his preferred material. Robert lives on Beals Island where he has been lobster fishing for thirty years. He also works with his wife, Jewell, in the antiques business, buying and selling period art. He enjoys talking about art, artists past and present, and the philosophy of art. Robert’s work can be seen in the Nelson’s Gallery in Jonesport.

Phone 207-497-2457

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Jeanne Mitchell - watercolor

Jeanne Mitchell has been a summering on Sandy River Beach since 1969.  Her paintings often depict Jonesport scenes be they window boxes on Main Street, old buildings in disrepair, or the two lovely islands, Mink and Bar, that sit off shore in front of her home.  Encouraged by family and friends and her late mother-in-law, who was an avid art collector, Jeanne has been studying, painting and showing her watercolors for eight years.  

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Sandra Moffett - Photography

Sandra S. Moffett has been a local artist in Jonesport for many years and has had the opportunity to develop her artistic abilities in photography.  Sandy has always had a passion to capture the beauty of nature and the awesome work of the creator - dew on a flower, frost on a leaf, a rainbow or a sunset.  "There is so much beauty all around us we just need to take the time to appreciate it."  With the encouragement of family and friends Sandy still continues to learn new methods and techniques of photography so she is able to convey her artistic vision to others. 

Phone:  207-497-2174.   

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Diane Myles - Watercolor

Diane Myles has always had an interest in art and the impact of her surroundings with a special curiosity of the effect of light and weather on the landscape.  She has traveled extensively in her career and while sailing with her husband.  Her work in both watercolor and acrylics often reflects the many places she has visited around the world.  In winter, she lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; in summer she moves to a little island off the coast of Maine where she has a studio.  Diane is a member of the Sea Coast Art Association.  Email:

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Charlene Nelson - Woodcarving & Watercolors

Charlene Nelson is a local artist who has been successful in turning what she loves to do into a full time career.  What was once a block of wood truly becomes a work of art. She is self-taught as a painter but owes a huge debt of gratitude to her late husband, Bob, for his guidance with her carving. Over the years she has earned numerous awards for her songbirds, shorebirds and now decoys.  As part of the "team" she has been featured in several magazines and newspaper articles as well as a segment on a local news channel.  Her works are eagerly sought by private collectors. She has broadened her horizons and entered into the world of watercolor paintings. In addition to her carving and painting, she operates her gallery in Jonesport where she is a full-time resident. Her gallery showcases numerous other artists as well as her own works.

You can visit Nelson Decoys at 13 Cranberry Lane in Jonesport.  Phone:  207-497-3488.

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Beverly Nichols - Photography

Beverly Nichols has a fascination with light and shadow, variations of light patterns and the depth of color. An avid gardener since her retirement, preserving the beauty of flowers through photography has added a new dimension to her appreciation of art and the challenges of creating something unique. Born in Rhode Island, Beverly is a graduate of the State University of New York at Sarasota Springs where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration.  Recently retired from a long career as a nurse anesthetist, she resides in Jonesport with her husband Ray. She has been a member of the Art in the Library Committee since it's inception and was recently elected President of Friends of the Library.

Bill Plaskon - Photography

Bill Plaskon is an amateur astronomer who tries to capture celestial events with his camera.  He does not limit his subjects to the stars; he enjoys photographing those rare occurances of aurora, sundogs, sun pillars, rainbows, and halos.  He also does much of the photography and multimedia presentations for the Jonesport Historical Society.  Among his accomplishments are the Jonesport-in-July slideshow and his Aurora Borealis photographs.  Bill relies on the photogenic qualities of his subjects to compensate for his lack of formal education in photography. 

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Robin Rier - Oil

Robin S. Rier, an oil painter, enjoys painting en plein air and still life and from photographs taken during her travels.  Robin completed a 2 year study in wooden boat building in Eastport, Maine in 1979.  Her first oil painting, copying a Cezanne still life, was done for a class for the University of Maine at Machias, where she eventually earned a B. A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with a concentration in Visual Arts.  Robin has exhibited her paintings in group and solo shows in Maine, and she participates in various area art events.  Her work can be seen at the Artful Treasures Made in Maine in Hancock, The Woodwind Gallery and Unique Possibilities in Machias, Grey Wolf Gallery in Addison, Monica's Chocolates in Lubec, and at her studio in Jonesport.  Robin resides in Jonesport with her husband David.  Phone:  207-497-5739 or email:

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Michele Romanini-Pollard - Photography

Michelle Romanini-Pollard is an east coast native born in Connecticut.  Moving to California in the early 70's she was in Human Resources for the State of California.  She relocated to Jonesport after her retirement in 2004.  Her retirement allowed her to pursue her long interest in photographing nature scenes with emphasis on flowers, water scenes and sunsets.  She is expanding her art interests, too, with watercolor classes and is learning the art of stained glass.  Michelle is also an avid volunteer at the Peabody Memorial Library and a board member of the Jonesport Historical Society.  She resides in the Indian River Bay area with her demanding cat Kayci.

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Eric W. Shute - watercolor/oils/sketches

Eric W. Shute holds a degree in Advertising Design and Production, a Bachelors of Science in Education as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  He has studied watercolor privately with Robert Wade, Don Andrews and Christopher Schink and at Woodstock School of Art with Hong Nian Zhang.  He has exhibited at Gallery 210 and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, Alden Gallery Provincetown, Mass., Cooperstown Art Gallery, Cooperstown, New York and the Edgewood Gallery, Syracuse, New York.  

During the summer months Eric spend time in Jonesport, Maine, sketching and painting.  He spends winters in his studio developing sketches into full paintings.  Eric lives and works in LaFayette, New York where he maintains his studio.

Pamela Stowe - watercolor, photography

Pamela Stowe's interest in painting realized while she was living in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona.  She found the desert to be an artistically nurturing place, full of beauty, mystery and spiritual well-being.  Pamela is a self taught painter.  She began painting with interior house paints on canvas and wood.  She finds the limitless expression of mood using color personally satisfying.  Photography and watercolor are also interests.  She is a retired educator, mother of one.  Her paintings and pastels include works from her travels to France and Mexico, and from her years of teaching both in Arizona and Maine.  She creates unique note cards using both her watercolors and photographs.  Pamela lives in both Auburn and Jonesport, Maine.  email:

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Bonita Wardwell - Oil

Bonita Wardwell began painting in 2006 while recuperating from a life changing health issue.  Enthusiastic about her new found interest she studied with various instructors in Florida and in Maine.  She participated in a few shows in Florida and was fortunate enough to sell a few of her paintings, thus increasing her desire to further pursue her new avocation.  Bonita is a native of Maine, born in Gardiner.  She owned and operated The Rainbow Valley Nursery School in Augusta and later worked with the public school system in Dedham, Orrington, Holden, and Eddington for over 20 years.  She and her husband Dave purchased Sea Haven cottage in Jonesport in 2001 and retired to enjoy the "Reach" in 2006. 

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Emily Wenners - Photography

Emily (Emmie) and husband John (Jack) have lived year round in Jonesport for about thirty years. They built their house together and enjoy Jonesport's scenic views and nice people. The orchids and plants that I have photographed have been grown in Jonesport over the years as well as vegetables that Jack grows. Both, coming from Quincy, Massachusetts, Emily's parents and grandparents, brother and uncle are buried in Bath, Maine. Emily has always done art work and enjoyed taking photos, sewing, and knitting, and loves the scenery of trees, ocean, flowers, etc. She's worked on jewelry, loves house designs, and especially grandkids, drawing Nemo scenes for her grandson in Massachusetts, who has autism. She also collects kaliediscopes.

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Sandra Woodward - Collages / Sculptures

Sandra Woodward was born on the island of Beals and was raised there until the age of twelve.  Eventually moving with her to mother to Massachusetts where she graduated from Newton North High School.  She has had an interest in drawing and making collagges for many years and has taken painting, printing, and drawing courses through the Calais Adult Ed program and at the University of Maine at Machias.  Through experimenting she has developed a love for whimsical expression.  Her work has been shown at the Calais Library and since moving back to Beals, she has joined the Bold Coast Art Collective and through the collective has shown her work at the Machias Savings Bank.

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