JUDY TAYLOR - MODEL IN THE LANDSCAPE

Art & Education in Maine

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Mount Desert Island painter Judy Taylor is nationally known for her arresting portraits, landscapes and figurative work, many of which may be seen in the gallery. Taylor is also a respected educator, drawing students from across the country for her workshops and special ateliers. A graduate of the New York Academy of Art and student of the National Academy of Design in New York, Taylor has taught off and on since departing New York in 1996 to serve as an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park. She established full-time residency in Maine in 2002.

For the past five springs, Taylor has led a group of fellow artists abroad for an intensive, 10-day workshop on drawing and painting the model in the landscape. This past year, Taylor accompanied two small groups to the French Pyrenees for a course in rendering the model in the garden. Participants worked with two French models, painting en plein air with the snow-capped Pyrenees as a backdrop. Approximately a dozen of their works, from studies to finished paintings, will be on display at the gallery for the run of this exhibition. “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to show works here in Maine that were created in Europe by American artists,” says Taylor. “The motif of the figure in landscape is a timeless one – it was quite common for 20th-century European painters to take their models into the environment – so exhibiting these pieces at the gallery brings the tradition full circle.”