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Acadia and Maine, Paintings by Annette Hanna

Acadia and Maine, Paintings by Annette Hanna
Opening Reception, Sunday, May 19, 2:00 PM

Artist talk, Thursday, May 30, 7:00 PM

The work of Morris County artist Annette Hanna will be the focus of a new exhibit in the F.M. Kirby Gallery on the second level of the library, which will be on view from May 18 through August 30. Being a figurative and portrait painter for many years, Annette Hanna became very interested in landscape painting as a result of hiking trips with friends. The landscape, in many parts of this country is not only spectacular, but unique. In different seasons, and different times of day, landscape provides never-ending subject matter for a painter.

Our National Parks, for example, are specially preserved areas which we can all visit and appreciate. Their origination was brought about primarily because of the presentation painter Thomas Moran made to Congress. Many have an Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) which painters can take advantage of.

Having hiked in Maine along the Appalachian Trail and in Baxter State Park, Hanna applied to the ArtistTide Pools at the Point - Pastel-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park and was accepted. In September 2011, she spent three weeks on Schoodic Peninsula in Maine, painting Plein-air almost every day. The best way to learn about landscape painting is to paint outside and in Acadia she was able to paint in a committed, intense, and uninterrupted way. It was an extraordinary and valuable experience.

A painting entitled In the Beginning, of the Acadia coastline, has been chosen as one of the 101 best paintings portraying some aspect of our National Park System. It is included in the online exhibition “America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art”, accessible here.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. and an artist’s talk will be on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. The talk will concentrate on how artists apply for Artist-in-Residence programs at one of our National Parks and Hanna will describe what the residency entails and periods of time residencies are available. Hanna will also discuss her experience in the very fulfilling program, her paintings in the exhibit, and the process of Plein-air painting.

Image at top: Ocean's Edge

Image at right: Tide Pools at the Point - Pastel






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