The Western Maine Art Group here in historic Norway, is pleased to recognize Molly Mains for our September Artist of the Month. Here she is inside our Gallery on Main Street showing us her “Autumn Flowers” done in acrylics.
Molly has done artwork her entire life and found the time to also teach art to middle school students here in Maine for many, many years. She minored in art in high school but then went on to make it her lifelong career, after college. She is currently working in wood cutting and carving of designs that she uses for her prints. She enjoys working with Shina plywood (a member of the Linden tree family) as well as birch. She enjoys the carving process and the sound of woodcarving with the Shina which is dense enough to hold sharp edges and the details needed for multiple printings. She recently changed over from using oil paint to artist-based aqua inks (soy based) which are very translucent and allow you to see the grains of the wood. She prefers mixing colors to get the right combination and results as she prints, often known as producing a “varied edition”. Her prints are inspired by nature, her gardens and landscapes found in the Lakes region of Western Maine.
She also works in gelatin prints and is currently exhibiting some of these works at the McLaughlin Gardens in South Paris. A slab of unflavored gelatin is used as the printing plate on which images are created in ink using stencils, brushes and textures. The block is printed on paper and re-inked and reprinted several times on one sheet of paper. Layers create translucent, photographic images which are characteristic of gelatin prints. For more information about Molly and our organization, visit us at www.westernmaineartgroup.org.