It's that time year again - time to get a couple of entries ready for the Yarmouth Art Festival. The 2020 Yarmouth Art Festival is going virtual this year because of the pandemic. This annual juried event was created in 2009 to showcase Maine artists. This year's jurors are Bob Keyes (art writer for the Portland Press Herald & Maine Sunday Telegram), Anne Haas (Bowdoin College art librarian), and Wes LaFountain (art curator). The proceeds from artist entry fees and sales commissions go towards the community services supported by St. Bartholomew's Church in Yarmouth. This virtual show will run online (www.yarmouthartfestival.com) from Monday, Oct. 19th through Saturday, October 31st.
My plaster fish pieces have done well at this show in the past, but not having any of them available I needed to "go fishing", so I got out my clay and began rolling out slabs. I first began making these fish plaster reliefs in 2015 for the 10x10brunswick show (see my blog posts for 8/10/15 and 8/29/15). Over the past 5 years I have continued to make them, adding an additional wooden fish template, varying the size of the clay slabs and the arrangement of the fish, and experimenting with various materials to create different "sea weed" effects.
Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.