gallery director Tessa Greene O'Brien is a painter living & working in southern Maine since 2004. She has a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Tessa maintains an active studio practice in addition to being a co-owner of Better Letter Hand Painted Signs, and the co-founder of the Portland Mural Initiative ( with partner Will Sears). Tessa's paintings reference light, architectural space, and scale. Combining representation with process-based abstraction, she uses inventive color & mark-making to impose a narrative upon the architecture that she depicts in paint.
director Annika Earley is a multidisciplinary artist making work about transformation, in-between states, and the experience of being a woman. She regularly uses German folk and fairytales as reference points in her work. Annika grew up in rural Switzerland but moved to mid-coast Maine in 2000. In addition to her studio work, she teaches painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Maine College of Art. She now lives in southern Maine.
co-founder Stephen Benenson is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Stephen received his MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2014, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. His practice focuses on experimental application of geometry and color, juxtaposed with references to art history and children's drawings.
co-founder Hilary Irons is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Hilary received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2008, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. Her paintings deal with the visual window of the Landscape (and Nature), as seen through the competing lenses of observational realism and decorative or abstract application of form. Hilary is at Able Baker in an advisory capacity; she is also the exhibitions director for the University of New England.
gallery support team Fanny Brodar Born in Oslo, Norway, Fanny grew up in New York, and currently lives and works in Maine. She graduated with a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Her style is a blend of abstract expressionism and neo-pop, and she uses mixed mediums, mostly acrylic paint and oil pastel.
gallery support team Jessica Gandolf makes abstract oil paintings that give shape and color to the physics of intuition and emotion. Born and raised in New York City, she has lived in Portland for 28 years.
gallery support team Jim Kelly is a painter and photographer whose mixed media work explores both figuration and abstraction. For over thirty years he's been working and exhibiting throughout Maine. He is currently a board member of the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, ME, active in the Union of Maine Visual Artists and a member of the Addison Woolley Group in Portland, ME.
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curated Jolly Crown November 2 - December 15, 2018
gallery support team Oliver Oliver is a research-based artist and writer, dwells in themes like archiving, cataloguing, tautology, and pessimism to explore ways to declare existence. They attended the Academy of Visual Arts in Hong Kong Baptist University and Maine College of Art, currently working and living in Portland Maine.
gallery support team Ella MacVeagh is an artist who has recently relocated to Portland, ME. Her work focuses on the use of line and color to abstract the representation of farm animals. Ella tries to capture the naive optimism of animals and the kindness they treat our world with. Using the farm animals, Ella also works to create a narrative about the feminine entity in our society, how it is used and viewed, but also the power it holds.