Ogunquit Museum of American Art
The Art of Carl Sprinchorn: Paintings from the "Kat'dn" Collection / The Isle of Skye: Paintings by Sherry Palmer
Carl Sprinchorn (1887-1971) is a painter best known for his powerful depictions of the people and land of Maine's north woods, near Mount Katahdin and Shinn Pond. The OMAA is proud to present, exhibited here for the first time anywhere, an extraordinary group of the artist's Maine-inspired oils and watercolors. The "Kat'dn" Collection (the native Indian spelling), assembled by collectors Jay DeMartine and Michael Fredman, includes over forty works completed during the thirteen years that Sprinchorn painted in Maine while living near Patten.
Born in Sweden, Carl Sprinchorn came to America at the age of sixteen to study with the influential painter and teacher, Robert Henri. Sprinchorn first visited Maine at Tenants Harbor in 1910, and finally settled in the Patten area where he painted from 1937-1952. During this period, sometimes painting year-round, Sprinchom came to know intimately the people and the environment of inland Maine, recording the forests and the lumberjacks with a vigorous authenticity.
The paintings from the "Kat'dn" Collection skillfully convey in lush color and bold brushstrokes the strength and treauty of what many consider the "heart" of Maine. Sprinchorn's good friend, the painter Marsden Hartley, said of his colleague's paintings: "Irecommend them as I would recommend pork and beans and clam chowder, clam cakes and clams steamed under fresh seaweed on hot rocks - for here lies the substance of the whole regional matter."
"The Art of Carl Sprinchorn: The "Kat'dn" Collection" will he at the OMAA from August 17 to September 30, 1998.
The Isle of Skye: Paintings by Sherry Palmer
In 1989, New Hampshire artist Sherry Palmer fulfilled a long-held wish to visit Scotland. To her surprise, she found that the home of her ancestors (the MacLeods) was on Scotland's Isle of Skye. During that trip to Skye, Palmer fell in love with the people and their customs - and with the beautiful but stark environment, bathed in a quality of light that proved irresistible to the landscape painter. As she said: "I found a landscape I could paint for a lifetime."
Palmer returned to Skye every year until 1995, when she made the dramatic decision to take her life savings and move there on an artist's visa. During that period Palmer painted full-time, returning to New Hampshire in May, 1997. "The Isle of Skye: Paintings by Sherry Palmer" will contain many of the oil and watercolor paintings completed during her Scottish residency.
A painter who prefers to work outdoors, Palmer describes her work: "I love being, on the marsh, in the fields, in the hills, and responding to what I see in front of me." Palmer's paintings are characterized by fluid brushstrokes that convey rich colors and an ethereal, all-encompassing light. Her masterly use of form and color has a directness and simplicity that evokes the sense of immediacy found in the best "plein-air" painters.
"The Isle of Skye: Paintings by Sherry Palmer" will be at the OMAA from August 17 to September 30, 1998.
From top to bottom: Carl Sprinchorn, Untitled Landscape; Carl Sprinchorn, Lumberjack with Pickax; Shery Palmer, Paabay and Blue Headland of Raasay from Ashaig.
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