Canvas work

Camden Library to display Mid-Coast artist’s collection until August 30

Midcoast visual artist Jon Byrer. Photo submitted

Camden Public Library is hosting Mid-Coast visual artist Jon Byrer for an exhibition of his signature “Puddle Paintings” through Tuesday, August 30 in the Picker Room Gallery at 55 Main St.

The exhibit is an opportunity for the community to view a large collection of Byrer’s work and learn what makes his “liquid moments of thick, swirling paint” so special, according to a press release from the library.

The public is invited to meet Byrer at his artists’ reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 at the library.

Byrer’s technique for creating his works is unique – he does not use brushes and he never touches the canvas. “Puddle paintings are created by using a mug to pour many puddles of enamel paint onto the canvas until the entire surface is covered with a glossy layer,” Byrer said. “As the puddle of paint dries, it develops a glass-like smoothness – freezing the mottled colors and imparting a dreamlike quality to the images.”

Byrer’s subjects run the gamut from landscapes to portraits to still life. “My goal is to reinvent how to create paintings of familiar scenes of Maine magic and capture the splendor of the everyday,” Byrer said.

Byrer is a graduate of Maine College of Art, where he earned a degree in photography and studied fine art. Byrer creates oil paintings, experimental photographs and watercolor illustrations.

More information can be found at jonbyrer.com. A portion of sales from Byrer’s art exhibit will benefit the library.

For more information about the show, call 207-236-3440.

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