Painted Ladies Group

BRIDGTON — Who are the Painted Ladies? Historically, they hail from the Victorian era in reference to vibrant, colorful, architecturally sophisticated houses, painted with verve, gusto and style. The Painted Ladies Group of Maine women can relate to those bold adjectives, as they gather to share their passion for painting not houses but works of art.

Seven women, who were classmates at MECA’s Continuing Education Program in Portland, will exhibit some of their paintings at Gallery 302 October 7 – November 11 as Guest Artists. In 2019, their painting class was canceled at MECA due to the pandemic. With the encouragement of their teacher, Diane Dahlke, they formed the Painted Ladies Group and began to paint together twice a week via zoom. For two years they have continued on zoom, creating a virtual shared studio, where they can work and be together. At times they have invited Dahlke to join them to lead a critique session. This has been so successful, they are ready and happy to share their work with art enthusiasts in the Bridgton area.

The works in the exhibit are by Emily Johansen, Portland; Pam Brennan, Brunswick; Diana Coit, South Portland; Carol Macleod, Kennebunkport; Ann Clark, Denmark; Sandra Long, Naples, and Betsy Elliman, now living in CT.

Everyone is invited to the reception on October 7, 5 to 7 p.m. at Gallery 302 in Bridgton to view the paintings of the Painted Ladies.

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