Painter Leslie Anderson’s subjects range from landscapes of Blue Hill in the summer to still life and summer imagery in the winter.
In February 2015, Ari Erlbaum from the Salt Institute in Portland took a series of photos of Leslie painting. These were used for a project depicting different processes. Below are a few select photos from the series.
“My love of art began in my teens. As an adult I began collecting art, and later I dug into crafts as a maker.
Now I paint, and the medium I’ve fallen head over heels with is cold wax painting. I love the layering. I love the scraping, the sanding, the digging. It’s a medium with deep complexity and pure simplicity.
Living in Maine, I’m surrounded by beauty in nature. Sometimes it’s my surroundings that inspire me. Other times, I let the process guide me to the final piece when it feels right. My work is varied and continually surprises even me.” – Colleen Bedard
Kelsey Haley is a textile designer living and working in Portland, Maine. She currently works at Home Remedies as fabric buyer and project manager. Kelsey grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts and moved to Maine to attend Maine College of Art where she found her love for textiles. She gains inspiration from her travels and her everyday surroundings and implements this into her work. Kelsey creates hand-painted textiles for the home and body in her home studio in Portland.
Maggie Muth has enjoyed being a studio artist at MSA since 2013. She is a community artist, stitcher, painter, and sometime puppeteer. Her community work includes #stitchHIVE – a free and open itinerant stitching space for all. She has conducted stitching workshops at the Maine College of Art (MECA), Maine Fiber Arts, Portland Public Schools, the American Visionary Art Museum, Mayo Street Arts, as well as overseas. Maggie has a BFA in Painting (with a minor in drawing) from MECA, and a two year certificate in Stitched Textiles from the Opus School of Textile Arts in the UK. In past careers, Maggie worked as an ASL interpreter and nuclear power consultant, but not at the same time! You can find her work on two different instagram sites: www.instagram.com/maggiemuth and www.Instagram.com/stitchHIVE_portlandme.