Beginning Thursday, May 10, Gleason Fine Art, at 31 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor, opens its new spring show: “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.” The show will run through Tuesday, June 12, with a reception for both artists on Saturday, May 26, on Memorial Day weekend, from 5-7 p.m. As always, the public is invited to join in for a glass of wine and the chance to meet Andrea Peters and Christine Peters.
Talent often runs in families – and it does in the Peters family, of East Boothbay. Andrea Peters, who has shown at Gleason for more than two decades, paints with confidence, exuberance, and an infallible sense of color. In “Awakenings,” the gallery will be presenting collectors with a stunning series of new paintings, some of them four feet square.
Andrea Peters’ spontaneous, gestural style works perfectly with her chosen oil paints.
Many people will remember Christine Peters as Gleason Fine Art’s long-time gallery manager. Her smile, energy, and willingness to tackle anything made a lasting impression on everyone she met. As with her mother, Andrea Peters, Christine Peters excels at everything creative. When the former sculpture major began experimenting with making jewelry, she knew she had found her medium. Naturalistic, feminine, and uniquely her own style, Christine Peters’ jewelry soon began to be noticed. It wasn’t long before her jewelry began to be juried into some of the most prestigious fine-craft shows in the United States.
With “Awakenings,” the gallery brings together the artists’ remarkable creations for the first time in years. For both mother and daughter, the show’s title, “Awakenings,” is especially poignant because 2017 was a difficult year for both. Christine Peters fought her way through a cancer diagnosis and its aftermath, emerging stronger than ever. Andrea Peters, who has dealt with the effects of multiple sclerosis for years, had to face the added burden of what might be a parent’s worst nightmare — a child forced to confront cancer.
Andrea Peters, too, has come through it all with renewed energy and an even stronger urge to express her joy in the natural world around her through art.