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The Nature of Art in Nature

June 5, 2017 By Nik Charov Filed under Article Tags: artistsartstwo worlds

The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 6/4/2017, and Making It At Home's 6/7/2017 issue.

Armillary

When I first visited the Wells Reserve for a job interview five years ago, I discovered a sculpture on a lawn at the end of the trail to Laudholm Beach. I was struck by the way a simple metal hoop globe (an “armillary,” I later learned) brought out the immensity of the ocean behind it. I knew then that if I got the job at the Wells Reserve, I would try to bring more sculptures into the natural environment at Laudholm. Art placed in nature can bring out the best aspects of both.

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Dave the Artist

This week, July 20-24, Artist-in-Residence David Allen of Stone Point Studio will be creating various works of art throughout the Wells Reserve, as well as giving demonstrations and tutorials on stone balance and arch building.

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Dedicating the "Isabel Lewando Estuary"

September 29, 2014 By Tin Smith Filed under Article Tags: artistsestuariesogunquit

Isabel Lewando circa 1953Last Thursday, I was fortunate to be among about 75 people who gathered at the Footbridge Beach parking lot in Ogunquit to unveil a rock dedicating the estuary in memory of Isabel Lewando who died in 2011. Isabel came to Ogunquit in the 1950's and established herself as a model, artist, writer, and photographer. She was also a life-long defender of the environment, particularly the Ogunquit River and beach.

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Hang this in your home and waitA beautiful handmade decorative piece... or something more?

The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 9/1/13:

More than 100 artists will converge on the Wells Reserve at Laudholm next weekend for our 26th annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival. They’re all very talented, and if you attend, I promise you’ll find some unique, beautiful, and affordable Christmas gifts months ahead of schedule.

But exceptional as these local New England artists are, I think their finest work meets it match up against the “other nature crafts show” put on by the animal kingdom on a daily basis.

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On Sunday, August 26th, I attended an afternoon concert at The Colony Hotel. One hundred fellow music lovers and I enjoyed a dozen classical piano duets by maestro Warren King and his college roommate, recording artist David Pihl. Ticket proceeds came to the Laudholm Trust – it was music played for the benefit of science. What better accompaniment to our special nature at the Reserve than the seashell symmetries of Bach’s cantatas or the sunflower melodies of Mozart?

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Brilliant Painterly Day

July 16, 2006 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: artists

Watching an artist at workShade is in high demand. Artists are beneath the copper beech and any other trees that block the searing sun. They're on the farmhouse porch and in the horse barn's shadow. And they have set their umbrellas into the earth, put on their wide-brimmed straw hats, and sought similar shelter because it's hot out there.

That hasn't kept away the onlookers. Gentle strolling is the way to move on a day like today — and the best way to appreciate the artists at work. A leisurely pace gives time to visit with painters, most of whom are happy to greet passersby.

The auction that is just a couple of hours off is sure to be a success, given the extraordinary talent assembled here at Laudholm today.

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