Above: Alissa and Jake Hessler, Maine artists in our Artists... at home interview series
Maine Artists... at Home
Jake and Alissa Hessler

Jake and Alissa Hessler are artists, designers, writers, and photographers. The husband-and-wife team’s popular photography courses focus on quiet landscapes, and Jake’s expansive and meditative fine art photography is also featured in the fine art press book Boundaries alongside the poetry of inaugural poet Richard Blanco. Alissa published Ditch the City and Go Country: How to Master the Art of Rural Life From a Former City Dweller with Page Street Publishers on her stories from Urban Exodus , her popular blog about the stories of city residents from all over the country resettling in rural areas.  

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Louise Nevelson, Maine Meadows,Old County Road , Circa 1932-Circa 1933, Oil on multi-layered composite board, 29 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches, Bequest of Nathan Berliawsky, 1980.35.20
From the Collection:
Louise Nevelson, Maine Meadows, Old County Road
This scene of a country road running just inland from the coast in Rockland, Maine is filled with exuberance and energy of youth, and suggests her growing confidence as an artist. She filled the narrow band of blue sky with colorful stars, later saying the star “could be a crown, five points, I’ve always felt like a star”. It was probably painted just before Nevelson left for Munich to study with the influential painter-teacher Hans Hofmann (1880-1966).
A Visit With Maria Nevelson
Artist Louise Nevelson's granddaughter Maria talks about the early years for her grandmother in Rockland.
Curator's Choice:
The Carroll Thayer Berry Screen
Carroll Thayer Berry was born in 1886 in New Gloucester, Maine, but grew up in Portland, where he developed a love of the sea and sailing ships. 
Berry's work is sometimes said to fall within three distinct periods. His early linocuts and oil paintings are experimental, and reflect the changing artistic trends of the early 1900s. In the era of the Depression, he turned to the more affordable medium of the woodblock, which eventually evolved into the iconic style of his wood engravings. Finally, around 1973, his interests shifted to Jay Hambidge's theory of dynamic symmetry, a system of proportion and natural design that promoted the use of geometry in artistic compositions.

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Online Workshop:
Ukrainian Egg Decorating with Lesia Sochor
For many years, artist Lesia Sochor has led an egg-decorating workshop at the Farnsworth. Sochor is an artist of direct Ukrainian descent and lives in Brooks, Maine. She studied fine art at the Philadelphia College of Art, has been teaching for more than 25 years, and has exhibited extensively in the state of Maine and beyond. She learned the ancient spring tradition of pysanka from her mother and enjoys sharing this craft with others.

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Looking to explore the art of Louise Nevelson more fully?
Consider this wonderful documentary by local filmmaker Dale Schierholt.
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