Get to know the artists, part 5: Doreen Nardone has raised a family, worked and maintained her study of painting and drawing in Harpswell, Maine since 1986.Her recent paintings engage with memory; its strengths and weaknesses. What we glimpse out of the corner of the eye. What floats by. With what accuracy we recall. What lingers. What flashed before us, what hovers above us, what is felt briefly. What passes above us, around us, through us. Life in small bits that make up the whole journey. The natural world, literature, old photographs, poetry, music, and family inform the beginning of her paintings. Color, light, rhythm, and the appreciation of imperfection, bring about their completion. “I will not change an error if it feels right, for the error is more human than perfection.” David Smith She attended Maine College of Art from 1995 – 2000. She has studied painting and drawing at summer sessions at the Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine with Maine artist Abby Shahn, Philadelphia artist James Dupree and California artist Larry Thomas. She has also studied abstract painting with artist Michel Droge through Maine College of Art’s Continuing Studies Program.
Get to know the artists, part 6: Brenda Overstrom is a painter who lives in Yarmouth, Maine. She believes artistic endeavor is a search to create a human document which confirms the reality of existence in the ever changing context of our world. For her the challenge of painting remains the enduring command of conscience. She attended Goddard College where she concentrated on weaving and pottery and avoided the painting studio. After working as a pastry chef for the Barefoot Contessa, she attended Sarah Lawrence College where she took her first painting class. Since then, she studied still life painting with Susan Jane Walp at Ava Gallery in Lebanon, NH and privately. At the National Academy of Design, studied with James Bohary, Wolf Kahn and Sonia Gechtoff. At the International School of Art in Montecastello, Italy, Lennart Anderson, Nicolas Carone and Dan Gustin. And at the New York Studio School she studied drawing with Bruce Gagnier and Nicolas Carone. Since moving to Maine has studied at the Maine College of Art Continuing Education Department with Michel Droge.