How Conservation Inspires Art with artists Cheryl Coffin and Leslie Anderson

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Date(s) - 1/27/2022
4:00 pm

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This week we have two presenters who are both local artists!
Cheryl M. Coffin, M.D., of Surry, Maine, is Professor Emerita of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University and is a recent graduate of the University of Maine’s studio art program. Coffin, who received a medical degree from the University of Vermont, has a unique perspective that influences her artwork, which combines artistic experimentation with biomorphic images and landscapes.
Have you ever seen a great blue heron fly overhead, fish in the water, stand on the beach? Have you ever wondered where they go and what they see? Patten Bay, where we live, is on the migratory pathway of the great blue heron. Last spring, I learned that a heron named Harper had flown over us on her record-breaking long-distance migration between Cuba, where she winters, and a northern New Brunswick island, where she nests in the summer. The series of artworks that I will discuss are inspired by Harper’s travels and my imaginary images of her sights and experiences.
Leslie Anderson of Sedgwick, Maine:
In 2002, my husband Dan Nygaard and I left our lives in high tech and bought a farm in Sedgwick, Maine, on the Blue Hill Peninsula. I wanted to paint; he wanted to be a flower farmer. After three IPOs from my Boston startups, it was time for something new. I found the best independent instructors I could and inhaled what they had to offer beginning with watercolors, through acrylics and finally on to oils. My subject, the landscape of the Blue Hill Peninsula, may be hyper-local but its appeal is universal.
In looking back over my work since we moved to Sedgwick, there’s a recurring thread beginning with my first watercolor of Blue Hill Mountain in 2003 — the prevalance of BHHT properties as subjects of my paintings. (Incidentally, that painting was purchased by a Canadian collector and launched my career). Other often-revisited spots include Carter Nature Preserve, Camp Stream, Patten Stream, and Peters Brook. Following a brief retrospective of this work, my talk will focus on 2020-2021, when my husband and I fled Portland for our Sedgwick farm, and the BHHT properties became more important to my art than ever.
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