LEWISTON — The Woman’s Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery will feature paintings by Julianne Garvey and Jeanelle Demers through March. The gallery is located at 60 High St., the main entrance to Central Maine Medical Center.
For Garvey, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, painting has been a life-long endeavor even while raising her family and running a home-based business. She paints what she wants to reflect on, capturing the light and shadows as well as the shapes and movement of a piece. Garvey participates in sidewalk art shows and enjoys commission work. Recently, she has been able to increase her focus on her creative endeavors and continues to share her work.
“I’ve been painting a short series of places I’m attracted to, a theme from different perspectives and different viewpoints. Some are broad views which I like to explore by adding close-up vignettes. Paired or in groups, I like how paintings, always of nature, play together,” said Garvey, “Painting can be a meditation, and so can the art of viewing a painting.”
Demers, a Lewiston-Auburn native, is a professional portrait artist specializing in painting animals. With a home studio in Auburn, she enjoys being able to personally deliver her paintings locally but does ship all over the country. She values the connections she makes and the stories she experiences through her work.
Each painting is created by using a reference photo and acrylic paint on canvas. The vivid colors and high level of detail in Demers’ paintings capture the essence of each subject and the “twinkle in their eyes.” She enjoys seeing her paintings given as meaningful gifts.
The artists’ work may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits CMMC.
Jeanelle Demers with painting
“Peaks Island Sailboats,” 2015, watercolor by Julianne Garvey