Bangor, Maine, St. Joseph Healthcare – We are thrilled to welcome the contemporary landscape paintings by local artist Nina Jerome. Her work is being displayed for one year beginning July 8, 2022 on the second floor of St. Joseph Hospital in the CAM Building at 360 Broadway, Bangor, Maine. As a long-time resident in Maine, Jerome finds inspiration for her work in both natural and constructed environments, drawing and painting in series that examine visual variations of place. For her, the painting process conveys her personal direction through the land as she witnesses its light, movement, and changes.
Jerome spends the warmer months in coastal Maine, a rich visual resource with its undeveloped shoreline and wide-ranging tidal fluctuations. She has also explored sense-of-place in other Maine areas. Jerome has completed residencies on two of her favorite Maine islands – Great Spruce Head Island and Great Cranberry Island – and has created paintings for fourteen public art projects in Maine including a series for the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
“The work of Nina Jerome is a perfect example of the amazing talent we have here in Maine,” shares Mary Prybylo, President of St. Joseph Healthcare. “We are thrilled to have her as a returning artist. I have no doubt her beautiful paintings will help contribute to a peaceful and healing environment for our patients. Our Healing Arts program is one of the many things I am proud of at St. Joseph Healthcare. It brings to life one of our values – collaboration – as we work with local artists, showcasing their work and creating a very special place for people to heal.”
This exhibit includes paintings dating from 1980 to the present. Notable series presented here are “Quiet Tension” (1995), a record of Jerome’s walks along the rocky shore in Addison, ME, “Altered Landscape” (1986), construction views of the Veterans Remembrance Bridge across the Penobscot River, “Winter Power” (2005), a series depicting the steam plume marking the location of an electricity generating plant along the Penobscot River, “From the Kayak” (2006), images of floating between sea and sky in Addison, ME, and “Homage to the Ocean” (2013), a series that wove words written about climate change into the images of the sea.