Monday, March 10, 2014
From staff reports
AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Commission presents an exhibition of landscape photography and painted bas-reliefs of birds through February in Maine's Capitol Complex as part of the agency's Arts in the Capitol program.
“Great Blue Heron Flight” by Hugh Verrier.
“Red Tailed Hawk” by Hugh Verrier.
The works by John and Cynthia Orcutt and Hugh Verrier were previously exhibited at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield. The art brings an array of vibrancy, said Julie Richard, executive director of the Maine Arts Commission.
"These artists depict familiar visions of Maine's landscape and wildlife in a way that is unique and engaging," she said in a press release. "When I recently attended a meeting in the Capitol, many in the room were commenting on the artwork and were delighted by these wonderful pieces."
The work includes landscape photography by the Orcutts, as well as three-dimensional work by Verrier.
The work is on display for the public throughout the week at the Maine State House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the Blaine House from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Those wishing to see the work at the Blaine House should call ahead at 287-2121.
John and Cynthia Orcutt are fine-art nature photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts. Their work has been exhibited widely and can be found in many public and private collections. John Orcutt is a board member of Maine Huts and Trails, and was a board member of Wolfe's Neck Farm. Cynthia Orcutt is active on community committees including Kingfield Village Enhancement Committee, BikeMaine Organizing Committee and the long-range planning committee for Maine Huts and Trails.
Verrier worked for many years as a tugboat captain, commercial fisherman and small business owner. His association with the sea inspires his artistic work, and he now owns and operates a gallery and studio on the shore of Flagstaff Lake in Eustis. He has a long history of art exhibits across Maine and New England.