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August 23, 2013

Join Judy Taylor’s Painting Expedition to a Private Island off Mount Desert Island, Maine

Off Mount Desert Island Acadia National Park Maine

In 2011 the Spanierman Gallery in New York City brought together the work of 24 artists, including Will Barnet, George Bellows, and Marsden Hartley, to examine how Maine had inspired them.  Entitled “Maine – An Artist’s Retreat,” the show revealed many representations of the state’s coastline and islands.  Yet, what sets Maine apart, the catalog said, is how Maine’s forests, rocky shores, marshes, and harbors always present themselves as fresh, alive, and unexplored, no matter how many times in the past artists have rendered them.

The opportunity to discover these landscapes for yourself—fresh and alive–will be available to students in an upcoming painting expedition with acclaimed Maine artist Judy Taylor.  It will take place September 3-6, 2013 off the coast of Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park in Maine.

What’s exciting about this workshop, however, is that it will truly be an opportunity to explore the unexplored because it will take place on a small private island.

According to Judy Taylor, the island, which has only one house which dates back to the 1930s, is very close to Mount Desert Island.  It has 360 views, with one side overlooking Indian Point Nature Conservancy “where the seals perch on rocks.”  Says Judy, “You can walk the entire island easily.  It gives us such flexibility to take advantage of light in both the morning and afternoon.”

Acadia National Park Mount Desert Island Maine

Lessons will all be about plein air painting, and students can work in the medium of their choice.  “Blocking in and simplifying shapes will be key,” Judy notes.  Lessons will also focus on color mixing, light and shade, composition, and atmospheric and linear perspective.

Students can register for two days for $350 or four days for $650.  They must arrange for their own housing on Mount Desert Island and bring their own lunch each day.  The day begins at 9am at the dock in Pretty Marsh where they’ll return around 4pm.

For questions and registrations, contact Judy Taylor at

Remember, to ensure optimal attention from Judy, the class size is limited to eight students.  It’s also the capacity of the boat that will take you to the private island!  So, sign up now.

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June 27, 2012

Satisfy A Dream: Learn to Draw in Maine

What’s on your bucket list?  To swim with dolphins?  See the Northern Lights?  Master the tango?

Now that you’ve moved into fantasizing mode, how about learning to draw?  If that’s always been a dream, then a true fantasy vacation would be a sketch trip to an idyllic New England island with a well-known artist who teaches around the world.

Sketching along the shoreline of Little Cranberry Island
Sketching along the shoreline of Little Cranberry Island

On July 12 at least this dream can come true!  Maine artist Judy Taylor welcomes you to join her for an all-day workshop, “Drawing the Figure on Islesford.”

Yoga instructor Mary Kate Murray will serve as the model for the sketch trip which will feature figure poses throughout Islesford on Little Cranberry Island.  Says Judy Taylor, “We’ll draw on the dock, down by the beach, on the deserted road with pines, ocean, fishing gear and rocks as our background.  I’m so excited about the compositional opportunities!”

Isleford Nude - Judy Taylor
Islesford Nude – Judy Taylor

Ms. Taylor is particularly well known for her work with figures.  The Maine Department of Labor awarded her a commission to create an eleven-panel mural depicting scenes of Maine workers, which Governor LePage ordered removed last year, stirring considerable controversy.

This year Ms. Taylor has taught workshops in New York, Venice, and Florence, as well as Maine.  Her studio, which includes exhibit space of her work, is on the “Quiet Side” of Mount Desert Island.

The fee for the July 12th workshop is $150, which includes the ferry, lunch at the popular Islesford Dock Restaurant, and model fee.  Enrollment is limited to ten.  Reserve by July 7 by calling 207-244-5545.

Then, plan the rest of the activities for a week in Maine by researching the best places to explore, eat, and stay on Mount Desert Island.

Boathouses on Islesford - Judy Taylor
Boathouses on Islesford – Judy Taylor


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August 12, 2010

Maine Art & Design Dinner at Havana in Bar Harbor

Next week at this time here in New York City it will be in the 80s with thunderstorms.  But cool things will be going on in Bar Harbor as Thos. Moser and Down East Magazine sponsor the MAINE ART & DESIGN DINNER. 

The private dinner at Havana, known as much for its organic, local fare as its Latin flair, will feature five prominent Maine artists and designers who will discuss their current projects and future plans.  They are: 

Tom Curry, Artist

Roc Caivano, Architect

Gifford Ewing, Photographer

Judy Taylor, Artist

David Moser, Furniture Designer 

This event, which would nourish my appetite and soul, will take place on Tuesday, August 17th, 6-9pm, at 318 Main Street.  It is $100 per person and seating is limited.  Reservations can be made at 800-708-9041. 

Since I will be here in New York City, I’m planning to refresh myself by viewing some of my favorite images by Judy Taylor.

You can enjoy more of Judy Taylor’s work online or at her studio/gallery in Seal Cove.  Better still, enjoy it at home.  Some of her work, including these paintings, are still affordable.

June 12, 2010

Bar Harbor Shopping Guide: The Best On and Off the Beaten Path

From trip mementos for yourself to special gifts for others, from the simple to the spectacular, Bar Harbor and the neighboring villages on Mount Desert Island have lots to keep shoppers entertained…at least until the skies clear and we’re back on the hiking trails. 

Cool As A Moose®
118 Main Street, Bar Harbor

The iconic vacation souvenir is a T-shirt, and there are lots to choose from here.  Cool As A Moose even has its own line, reprieving a psychedelic design.  My favorites are downstairs in the Life is Good collection.  But why not branch out to, say, their Gluteus Maximoose boxers? 

8 Rodick Place, Bar Harbor

A relative newcomer to Bar Harbor, Fiore doesn’t have a shop; it’s a tasting room lined with mini stainless steel canisters of extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegars from which you sample blends and infusions of different flavors.  Then they pour and bottle it for you.  Although the traditional 18-year balsamic vinegar is most popular, I couldn’t pass up a fig-flavored balsamic.    

Spruce & Gussy
12 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

If your tastes run more toward the contemporary, you’ll want to check out this new shop run by two local women.  They’ve brought together the work of artisans from throughout the U.S. and Mexico that convey color, craftsmanship, and whimsy.  From leather-bound journals to bibs to hand towels, something will catch your eye as an “adornment for self or space.” 

Kimball Shop & Boutique
135 Main Street, Northeast Harbor

I can never get enough of ferns and scallop shells, so the barware, table linens, and serving pieces at the Kimball Shop hold endless appeal for me.  Furnishings range from elegant tableware to rugs and floor cloths that epitomize traditional summer style.  Their tent sale in the fall allows me to afford some of it! 

Hatched on MDI
360 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

A native of Mount Desert Island, Heather Brown has a flourishing shop, with expanded quarters, that is as much a community center for year-round parents as it is the perfect spot to find a baby gift.  From “super cute” bathing suits to toys and books to the best Anti Bug Balm Stick by Badger, you won’t be disappointed, especially if you then pop in next door at the Quiet Side Café for a piece of blueberry pie. 

Old Red Store
129 Bernard Road, Bernard

This is what every antique shop in Maine should look like, but during my last visit I was equally delighted with what I found inside.  I bought a wonderful old watercolor of loggers loading cargo on to sailing ships for $36 framed, a fabulous tote bag made of recycled sail cloth, and very nice stationery.   Call before you make the trip and combine it with dinner at Thurston’s Lobster Pound. 

Judy Taylor Studio & Gallery
1517 Tremont Road, Seal Cove.

The western side of Mount Desert Island is blissfully undeveloped, with beautiful ponds, rolling meadows, and deep coniferous forests.  Here you can visit the studio of Maine artist Judy Taylor – by chance or appointment.  She works in oils, gouache, watercolor, and oils.  Although some formats are smaller (24″ x 18”), there’s always an iconic strength in her work that makes her appealing Maine landscapes remarkably distinctive.

For more ideas on what to do when you visit Mount Desert Island, including tips for exploring the villages outside of Bar Harbor, visit OUR ACADIA.

June 3, 2010

Watercolor Workshop on Swans Island in Maine

You step on to a ferry and for six miles you gaze out over island-strewn Blue Hill Bay, glancing back at the spruce forests of Acadia National Park, then up at the screeching gulls.  You arrive at Swans Island.  You and your small group climb on to the dock and drive to the sprawling private home on the shore where you’ll be staying for the next three nights. 

Swans Island has only 350 year-round residents, mostly lobstermen.  But you are here to paint.  

Watercolor field kit in hand, mornings and afternoons, you select your subjects from among dramatic rock cliffs, Hockamock Head Lighthouse, a working harbor, an old quarry pond, the pebbled shoreline.  In the evenings you review your work with your teacher, acclaimed Maine artist Judy Taylor. 

Maybe you will come to see why Winslow Homer once remarked, “In the future I will live by my watercolors.” 

You can join Judy Taylor for this watercolor workshop July 20-23 by calling 207-244-5545.  The total cost of $650 includes ferry tickets, accommodations, meals, materials, and instruction.  Plan to reserve by June 15.

Then extend your stay on Mount Desert Island, wrapping up your trip to Maine with a weekend of hiking, biking, and sailing.  Mount Desert Island is home to a growing band of creative young restaurateurs who feature local ingredients, including, of course, lobster.  For more information on exploring, eating, and relaxing on Mount Desert Island, visit OUR ACADIA.