Silvermine School of Art artists will take up temporary residence late this month along the Maine coastline, which has inspired such famous painters as Winslow Homer, Fitz Hugh Lane, Frederick Church and Georgia O'Keefe.
Beginning the last week of August, David Dunlop, a faculty member of the Silvermine School of Art, at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, will transport 15 artists back to the age of tall ships and Hudson River painters as they search for treasures along Acadia National Park's shores. The artists will set their easels where past masters placed theirs, look through their eyes, try their techniques and share their inspiration.
Dunlop often has taken artists to explore Maine's islands, tide pools, forests, rocky cliffs and dynamic waves. This year's art exploration will extend across Acadia from Northeast Harbor to Bar Harbor, from Cadillac Mountain to Thunder Hole.
He will offer artists lessons in acrylic, watercolor and oil with daily demonstrations, along with morning and evening photography walks, lessons in novel perspectives, dramatic lighting and historic composition.
In the evening, the artists will gather around wine and refreshments for a discussion of their work, showing their day's experiments, describing their methods and discoveries. They will leave Mount Desert Island with a portfolio of photographs and paintings. Later in the year, Dunlop plans a Silvermine exhibition of the paintings resulting from their trip.
"The lure of Maine's coast didn't just include 19th-century masters. Twentieth-century Modernism and Expressionist painting grew out of these shores and mountains, too," said Dunlop, who has been traveling to Maine for inspiration since he was a child. "Artists Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keefe and John Marin came to Maine to experiment and innovate. The popular Wyeth family with N.C., Andrew and Jamie set up their studios on Maine's Islands."
Dunlop's landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations, including Aetna Insurance, Citibank, Colgate Palmolive, Delta Airlines, GE Capital Corp., IBM and Mobil. Galleries and institutions have granted him solo shows since 1981. His 2009-12 shows included "A Closer Look" at Silvermine.