Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Art Exhibit Unveiled in Maine’s State Capitol

Pine in Blueberry Field John Orcutt

An exhibition of artwork, previously exhibited at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Kingfield, will be on display in Maine’s Capitol Complex as part of the agency’s Arts in the Capitol program.

This program brings quality art into Maine’s Capitol Complex where is it seen daily by the state legislature and countless visitors. The work is always well received and warmly appreciated, and the iconic work of John and Cynthia Orcutt accompanied by that of Hugh Verrier has already brought admiration from those who are seeing it.

If you cannot make it to the dizzy heights of Maine’s Capitol then do not panic. The work is viewable in an online gallery on

John and Cynthia Orcutt are fine art nature photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts. Following a distinguished career as a landscape architect team, they have pursued their interest in creating an awareness of the necessity for active preservation of fragile places. Through their photographic images, they express the inherent beauty of areas endangered by easy public access and frequent visitation. Their imagery reminds viewers of the need to tread softly on their natural and cultural heritage, and serves as a call for all to participate in the act of preservation.

John and Cynthia’s work has been exhibited widely and can be found in many public and private Farm. Cynthia is active on community committees including Kingfield Village Enhancement Committee, BikeMaine Organizing Committee and the long range planning committee for Maine Huts and Trails.

Red Tailed Hawk Watercolor on Sculpture Hugh Verrier

Hugh Verrier was born and raised on the rocky coast of Maine. He worked for many years as a tugboat captain, commercial fisherman and small business owner. This association with the sea has inspired his artistic work and he now owns and operates his own gallery and studio on the shore of Flagstaff Lake in Eustis. Here he exhibits his unique watercolor sculptures that are formed from very heavy French paper into lovely birds and fish; these sculptures are then brought alive with watercolor.

Hugh has an extensive exhibition history throughout Maine and New England. His work has been represented by the Jameson Gallery in Portland, Alone Moose Gallery in Bar Harbor, and the Mast Cove Gallery in Kennebunkport. His work has been exhibited by Maine Coast Artists in two of their prestigious annual shows. Most recently his was selected for a solo exhibition at Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk.

All Arts in the Capitol events and free and open to the public; however, exhibitions are self-guided and may only be viewed within prescribed times: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Maine State House 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; and the Blaine House - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Please call ahead at 207/287-2121). For more information on this and all programs available through the Maine Arts Commission, visit

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Anonymous said...

Ricky Hanson says, the color in "Pine in Blueberry Field John Orcutt" is so amazingly vivid and beautiful.