Welcome to York Hospital’s Online Art Gallery!
The York Hospital Art Committee is pleased to present its 2022 exhibition schedule, featuring the following artists:
- Eric Ebbeson (January through March)
- Dr. Kenneth Fellows (April through June)
- Stephen Harby (July through September)
- Alex de Constant (July through September)
*Description and gallery below Stephen Harby gallery
- Dustan (Dusty) Knight (October through December)
On View Now: Watercolor Paintings Capturing a Sense of Place by Stephen Harby
Stephen Harby is an architect, educator and watercolorist who has summered in York, Maine for most of his life. He currently maintains his own practice in Santa Monica, California. He also conceives and leads several cultural and artistic tours annually to exotic destinations all over the world. Educated at Yale, Harby was associated with the late Charles Moore’s architectural practices for 18 years, where he directed a series of civic and campus projects. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture from 2002-2017, directing the school’s annual summer program in Rome.
Harby is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, which include the Gabriel Prize, a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, and the Rome Prize in Architecture at the American Academy. As a watercolorist he travels and sketches extensively and has exhibited his work widely. His work and teaching were the subject of a feature article in the publication American Artist in May of 2009. His book, Robert Venturi’s Rome, coauthored with Frederick Fisher, was published in 2017. His work is in many collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago.
Harby’s background in architecture and his passion for watercolor painting influence each other, as excerpts from his artist statement note: “My work in the medium of watercolor began during a year of travels made possible by a sabbatical from the office where I worked as an architect for fifteen years. These travels were a quest for what I came to see as the essence of architecture: an understanding of how a highly sophisticated and organized armature can give focus, order, and meaning to the experience of a place.” He continues: “The elements of this armature—which include proportion, color, light, and meaning—I found to be best experienced and understood through the extended contact with them gained through sketching and painting in watercolor.” Harby adds: “I am often asked how the process of observing and sketching the architecture of the past informs my own architectural design. . . .The lessons we can gain of the mastery and richness that has been achieved by others in the past adds immensely to our own vocabulary of forms and solutions.”
Of the paintings on view at York Hospital, Harby says: “The theme for this body of work brings focus to the far flung parts of the world I am fortunate to call home, or feel like I could: York is where I have spent most of the summers all my life; Paris and Rome are places I have spent extended periods of time, thanks to several fellowships, and in the past decade, we have established a rice farm in northern Thailand.”
A portion of the proceeds from each art sale will be donated to York Hospital. You may view a price list here. For more information about the works of art on view in this online gallery, or to learn about making a donation to York Hospital, please contact Community Relations at 207-351-2385 or [email protected]. Past online shows may be viewed by scrolling down past the current exhibition. The hospital’s online gallery first opened in April, 2021 as a way to reach beyond COVID-19 restrictions that prevented visitors from coming in to the York Hospital Dining Room where a rotating schedule of works by local artists has added color and joy to the atmosphere for years. Read the whole story here.
(Please note that while Stephen’s installation in the hospital’s Dining Room closed on Friday, September 2, his is still the featured exhibition in our online gallery, through the end of September.)
View Stephen Harby’s online art gallery by clicking the image below.
Alex de Constant Reduction Woodcuts
Alex de Constant is an artist and printmaker based in North Hampton, New Hampshire. His studio is within walking distance of the granite sand beaches, reefs, and point breaks where he has surfed since his youth. An intimate knowledge of this coastline is where his inspiration begins. The rugged natural beauty and energy hold endless opportunities for subject matter. Many of his woodcuts are direct observations of his experiences in and around the ocean. Alex draws on-site and from his imagination. The wood blocks are hand-carved; he uses pigment-rich oil-based etching inks and various Japanese and fine papers. The woodcuts are editioned on an American French Tool etching press.
“I have always been drawn to the inherent graphic quality of the woodcut. To depict movement from a stagnant material while balancing elements of atmosphere and color is very challenging. The time-consuming technique of reduction woodcut is multi-faceted. Many levels of thoughtful planning and improvisation result in the finished image. My pieces explore the interplay of solid forms, the ocean’s ebb and flow, and how the sea organically shapes our coast and our lives. My woodcuts and drawings are based on regional coastal locations. My goals are not to capture exactly what is presented but rather express it through design, a sense of place, and personal reflection.”
In 2007, artist and master printmaker Don Gorvett invited Alex to study with and work in his studio and gallery in Portsmouth, NH. The Don Gorvett Gallery has since exhibited Alex’s work in Portsmouth, NH, Ogunquit, ME, and Gloucester, MA. Alex’s woodcuts are in the Boston Athenaeum print collection and many homes throughout New England.
A portion of the proceeds from each art sale will be donated to York Hospital. You may view a price list here. For more information about the works of art on view in this online gallery, or to learn about making a donation to York Hospital, please contact Community Relations at 207-351-2385 or [email protected].
View Alex de Constant’s online art gallery by clicking the image below.
Prior exhibitions may be viewed by clicking on the images below.
Works from Eric Ebbeson
January to March, 2022
Eric Ebbeson graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Studio Art in 1968. He has exhibited in many art galleries and art shows in New England for the last 50 years and works in many media, including serigraphs, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, calligraphy, and alcohol ink. His work ranges from realistic and figurative to abstract and unusual. He frequently combines art and letterforms, and has created a very successful series of prints and notecards combining both. He has been an art educator, teaching art at all levels. He has also illustrated a book of poetry and a children’s book. Of his artistic process, Eric shares: “Like countless other artists before me, I am influenced by the Natural World around me. Creating art is a meditative experience for me. I am particularly drawn to the ‘edges’ of things-the coast, rivers, mountains, twilight, dusk, dawn.” View Eric’s online art gallery by clicking the image below.
Caroline Kelley Pastel Paintings
October 15 to December 30, 2021
Of her artistic process, Caroline Kelley says: “I am a pastel painter from seacoast Maine who treasures her memories of this inspiring landscape. Memories of moments that are both imperfect and fleeting. My New England is forests, beaches, marshes and mountains, small towns on ports, or built around rivers straddled by textile mills. Through the changing seasons, I paint spring gardens, cold winters, lake summers, stone walls and fall leaves. Pastel painting allows me to work with vibrant, accurate color in an expressive manner that I hope conveys the pleasure I receive in witnessing all of these.”
View Caroline’s online art gallery by clicking the image below.
William Harby Paintings
August 15 to October 14, 2021
Artist William Harby (1927–2015) spent many of his most productive artistic years at his family summer home in York. Harby’s careers in art and engineering alternated and overlapped for much of his life. His engineering career led him, in 1965, to the Harvard College Observatory, where he served as program manager for the Orbiting Solar Observatory, a joint project with NASA and the Skylab Program, for two decades. Retiring mid-career, Harby became a full-time artist, traveling around the world to paint and sculpt. This show was curated from six decades of paintings, drawings, sculptures and assemblages in metal, stone and other materials that explore the range of possibility from representation to abstraction..
View William’s online art gallery by clicking the image below.
Kevin Molloy Photography
June 15 to August 14, 2021
Photographer Kevin Molloy is a passionate landscape photographer, a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and an ambassador for the Shutterbugs for Charity. He has won several local photo contests and has had multiple winning images in AAA’s annual photo contest – with images published in AAA’s magazine “Northern New England Journey.” Most of Kevin’s images are New England landscape photos highlighting nature, many with a water element in them. View Kevin’s online art gallery by clicking the image below.
Cynthia Knowles Watercolors
April 15 to June 15, 2021
Watercolor artist Cynthia Knowles was a professional pen and ink artist and calligrapher for many years. She began working with watercolors in 2013, while wintering in Florida. There she studied with local artists Jim Beech, Patt Bacon and Nancy Colby as well as world-renowned artist Tony Couch. Cynthia specializes in landscapes and is known for her attention to detail and her ability to evoke the ‘feeling’ of a place. Cynthia is a fulltime resident of York, Maine, and a member of the Charlotte County Visual Arts and the York Art Associations. View Cynthia’s online art gallery by clicking the image below.
“Maine Seacoast in Watercolors” by Dr. Kenneth Fellows
April 15 to June 15, 2021
Dr. Fellows, a member of the hos York Hospital’s Board of Trustees for 20 years, retired from the Board in 2022. This exhibition is a way to honor and thank him for his service to the community. After retiring from academic medicine and moving to Kittery Point almost 25 years ago, Dr. Kenneth Fellows started drawing and painting as a hobby. Fellows says: “Painting is pure pleasure for me and that’s my incentive. I switch from still life to Maine landscapes to portraits to interior scenes to old magazine covers, postcards and dated seed catalogs…whatever captures my attention. Only pond-hockey and pick-up basketball are as much fun as painting, but art is far more enduring and satisfying!” View Ken Fellows’ online art gallery by clicking the image below.