Maine artists demo at NESBA's Mountains to the Sea Exhibit

Maine NESBA members Sharon Jeffery and Trish Worthen demonstrate at Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens this past weekend. They said many garden visitors viewed “From the Mountains To The Sea, Plants, Trees and Shrubs of New England”, held over at the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens until the end of October.

Trish said that many people stopped by to chat. “One thing that stood out was how many came up and asked questions, spent time watching us work, looking at and discussing the paintings. They were very interested in the process of creating botanical art. Doing the scientifically accurate graphite sketch, transferring the image and then doing the final painting seemed to speak to them.
Sharon Jeffery and Trish Worthen
“People asked if they could take our picture, and one took a shot of the latest ASBA Journal (I brought my copy along). Several wanted contact information for NESBA and everyone had very nice things to say about the paintings. So many came in to see the exhibit and left with big smiles saying that the show had made them so happy!

“There was a group of teenage girls from western Maine who had qualified to be part of a leadership week which exposed them to science, math and nature, based on Fibonacci number sequences and led by a math teacher. I suggested that the kids take a closer look at [those patterns in] the paintings and then they went into the gardens to try to identify more patterns.”

Both Sharon and Trish emphasized just how hospitable Melissa Cullina and her staff were: “They couldn't have been more excited about our being there, or more helpful.” CMBG put Sharon and Trish up at the Spruce Point Inn, told them how thrilled they were to have the exhibit there, and how much pleasure they got looking at the paintings each day as they came to work. It's a win win both for NESBA and the gardens!

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