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JEAN KIGEL’S 14TH Annual Eastern Views: Asian Brush and Watercolors

Posted Aug. 11, 2012, at 2:35 p.m.

JEAN KIGEL’S 14TH ANNUAL VIEWS: ASIAN BRUSH PAINTINGS AND WATERCOLORS will be on view at River Arts II Gallery in Damariscotta from August 16th – 22nd. Please be our guest at Kigel’s reception on Friday, August 17th from 5:00-7:00 PM. This venue, new for Kigel, is located on 241 U.S. Route 1 at the intersection of Routes 1 and 1-Business, just north of NC Hunt Lumber. The gallery boasts a selection of some of

Kigel’s finest and well-respected paintings exhibited in a gallery full of light, and an atmosphere that is friendly and welcoming. This exhibit is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.

This year Kigel’s work features mist-imbued, Chinese mountain-scapes. Paying homage to the Chinese Year-of-the-Dragon, Kigel has created Great Wall dragons winding their way through the mountains. Systematically breaking down Chinese brush painting rules, she’s added mountains with non-traditional colors and shapes.

Known in the Mid-Coast area for her Asian brush paintings, she could easily have stayed within those bounds, nailing down a signature look and turning out a predictable product. She hasn’t done that. Her solo show also features the Northern lights of New England, plants of local bogs, and, architecture of Riga, Latvia. For her, every painting is a controlled experiment, be it plein-aire painting in Cape Breton, studio still-life painting of vintage cooking implements, or realistic compositions of flowers and sea creatures. And by popular demand, she will exhibit a few of her Japanese fish prints as featured in Down East Magazine. All of the above is included in her eclectic collection.

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Born and raised in Warren, Maine, Jean Kigel has been an artist for more than 30 years. She has received far-reaching attention for her work, including feature articles in Down East Magazine, Pacific Fishing Magazine, and the American Forestry Journal. Her work has appeared on the cover of Off the Coast, Inner Tapestry, and Leaf Press: Haiku from Seoul. A member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Kigel celebrated a sell-out, solo show in Manhattan in 2011. Her work is exhibited throughout New England. For more information visit www.jeankigel.com and www.artcollectormaine.com, or phone 207 563-1507.

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