As members of the Healing Arts Commission, we are proud of the expansion of the Healing Arts Program since it began in 2014. We are honored to help create spaces throughout St. Joseph Healthcare that support healing, recovery and wellness for patients, employees and the community. We hope you enjoy!
Evelyn Dunphy is exhibiting at St. Joseph Healthcare, The Gallery at 900 Broadway until March 29, 2024
Evelyn Dunphy, a versatile artist, found her true passion in watercolor, marking a turning point in her artistic journey. Despite initial reservations about time constraints, a realization that she had all the time she needed propelled her into a deep exploration of the medium. Evelyn’s artistry extends beyond the canvas, with travels worldwide capturing the beauty of landscapes from Japan to Zambia, the American Southwest to Europe, India, and Sri Lanka.
An advocate for conservation, Evelyn employs her art for activism, notably contributing to the campaign to save Katahdin Lake in Maine. Her paintings serve as a powerful tool for environmental causes. Committed to philanthropy, she supports children’s hunger programs through art events, where a portion of sales is donated to Backpack programs, ensuring children have food over the weekend.
Unexpectedly, teaching has become a fulfilling facet of Evelyn’s life, fostering a community of artists and lifelong friends in various locations, from Maine to European medieval towns. As a recognized artist, she is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and a juried member of the International Guild of Realism. Evelyn’s focus on watercolor, pastels, and fluid acrylics allows her to explore the interplay of pigments, conveying textures and contrasts in her work. Her artistic process involves immersing herself in nature or finding inspiration in everyday objects, with careful studies and material choices contributing to her profound and thoughtful creations.
Jeff Wahlstrom is exhibiting at St. Joseph Healthcare, hospital Lobby at 360 Broadway, until March 29, 2024
In the vibrant world of Jeff’s art, the influence of nature and the breathtaking landscapes of Maine is unmistakable. His creations, characterized by colorful, almost sculptural watercolor collages and original block prints, are on display in the main entryway of the hospital.
The exhibit showcases Jeff’s expertise in relief printing techniques, particularly evident in his block prints. Initially, he crafted prints by carving images into linoleum or wood blocks, applying ink, and using a hand-turned press. However, faced with challenges accessing a printing press during the pandemic, Jeff adapted his techniques to his home studio. Here, he delved into white line printing and traditional Japanese Mokuhanga woodblocks.
Jeff’s Mokuhanga prints are a testament to his mastery, utilizing multiple woodblocks, watercolor inks, and Japanese washi paper. Eschewing a mechanical press, he employs a more personal touch, hand-burnishing the ink onto the paper using a bamboo-covered disc.
In the realm of white line printing, Jeff simplifies Mokuhanga to a single block, delineating colored areas with a carved white line. The meticulous process involves applying watercolor paint one color at a time, followed by hand-burnishing the paper with the smooth back of a spoon. Each print, originating from the same block, bears a unique character, and the limited number of prints ensures their exclusivity, echoing the essence of Mokuhanga’s limited editions. All the prints are for sale, and a price list can be viewed in the display case.
You will find the paintings of Diana Young on the first floor of the hospital. Young remembers being an artist since she was a child, in fact, she has been “making pictures” by painting landscapes in Maine and from her travels throughout the world for nearly 50 years.
Her work leans toward line, direction, force and motion, rather than form and naturalism. For her, an outdoor place is a point of departure rather than a study in nature. She is always looking for “the kernel of a place.”
“What makes an artist? Doing art with enthusiasm for many years is the proof. What starts our looking strange may become accepted as beautiful over time and I’m hoping that happens to me. Being an artist could well be one part talent and nine parts desire.”
Young is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited in regional galleries and across artist cooperatives throughout Maine. She continues to create art in her studio located in Bangor, Maine.
Her art can be seen at the Eastport Gallery in person during the summer months (June through September) and online year round. You can see a beautiful collection of her work online and available for purchase by visiting Flood Fine Art.
You will find colorful paintings by local artist Jill Hoy on the third floor of the hospital. Hoy’s work focuses on the qualities of Maine light in her plein air oil paintings. Strong composition, rhythm, gesture, pattern, energy, power of place, and soul are primary focal points.
“I’ve spent my summers in Deer Isle, Maine since I was ten years old. Deer Isle has raised me to be a painter,” said Hoy. Reflecting on the exhibit, she shares: “All of my oil paintings are done outside on location. My work captures both an intimate relationship with nature, along with the movements of wide-open spaces that allow our heart to expand.”
Hoy has exhibited her work extensively in Maine and in locations across the United States. You may have seen her work on the cover of an L.L. Bean catalog or a Down East Magazine publication. Hoy’s work is on display in more than 600 private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe, including The Jill Hoy Gallery, which is open for the season in Stonington, Maine.
You will find contemporary landscape paintings by local artist Nina Jerome on the first floor of the hospital. 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.
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.