Coastal Conversations Radio Program: The Art of the Maine Coast

Coastal Conversations show: July 23, 2021
WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor
Host: Natalie SpringuelMaine Sea Grant

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The Maine Coast has captured the imagination of artists for generations. On today’s Coastal Conversations we talk with two contemporary artists and an art writer about the relationship between art and the coast of Maine. Why is it that Maine inspires a deep sense of place in so many people? How and why do artists paint here? What are the threads that link Maine’s well known historical artists with today’s painters. What makes them different? And finally, how can art help Maine communities be more resilient to changes along the shorelines?

Our guests on today’s Coastal Conversations are Tom Curry, a landscape painter from Brooklyn, Maine, Judy Taylor, landscape and figure painter from West Tremont, and Carl Little, art writer, critic, and poet from Somesville. Join me as they share insights about their work and what inspires them to keep coming back to the Maine coast for artistic inspiration.


Tom Curry, a landscape painter from Brooklyn Maine. Tom’s website
Judy Taylor, a painter of landscapes and coastal scenes and figures from West Tremont. Judy’s website
Carl Little, an art writer, art critic and poet, from Somesville. Carl Little’s art writing featured in Maine Boats Homes and Harbor

Upcoming events our guests talked about

Tom Curry

Tom Curry Pastel Workshop at Schoodic Institute, October 2021

Tom Curry exhibit at Courhouse Gallery, August 2021

Judy Taylor

Open studio later in the summer (studio in Seal Cove, look for “open” sign). Possible workshops coming up in the fall. Work exhibited on Isleford, at Seal Cove studio, and Cornerstone Gallery  (Southwest Harbor).

Carl Little

Acadia Family Center Online Art Auction, July 15-September 16, 2021

Sara Peabody Exhibit, Northeast Harbor Library, reception August 3, 2021

For more information

Our guests mentioned many artists and writers, paintings and books, galleries, magazines and more. We tried to list them all here, in the order in which they were mentioned in the show.

William (Bill) Kienbusch (1914-1980). Carl Little’s artist uncle. Find out more about Kienbusch in this 2018 article Carl wrote about Kienbusch for Maine Arts Journal

Avy Claire

The Wooden Boat School

Kimberly Ridley

Sherry Streeter

Multiple artist profiles by Carl Little at Maine Boats Homes and Harbor magazine

Courthouse Gallery

Mary Alice Treworgy

Art of Katahdin, book by David Little, edited by our guest Carl Little and with cover art by our guest Judy Taylor

Books by Carl Little

Paintings of Maine

The Art of Maine in Winter

The Art of the Maine Islands

Art of Acadia

Dan Fernald

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

Union of Maine Visual Artists

Art in American Magazine

L.C. Bates Museum

Maine Arts Journal

John Marin

Amy Pollien

Rob Pollien

Philip Frey

William Irvine

A Sense of Place by Allan Gussow

Karl Shrag

Haystack Mountain School of Craft


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