Matt Gunn is July’s Featured Artist
Local Painter Matt Gunn is July’s Featured Artist in Clay Hill Farm’s #VerandArt Project
To honor Ogunquit’s long-standing history as an artists’ colony and showcase the local artists in the community today, Clay Hill Farm launched the NEW! #VerandArt Project this past spring. Every 6-8 weeks a local artist is featured at Clay Hill Farm- their collection hung in the Veranda Room for the public to view and enjoy. Details for this new artist outreach program can be found on Clay Hill Farm’s website: www.ClayHillFarm.com. Local artist, Amy Kelly, of Talespinstudio in Ogunquit is the curator of the project. "From the perspective of a 30-year reflection, it feels like a resurgence of what once was in the art community- an excitement is evolving that's noticeable," says Kelly. "Art in these times is a healing salve that we can use every day- it's living in the solution, and we love being a part of that."
Artist Matt Gunn grew up in Portsmouth, NH, and has lived all his life in the coastal New Hampshire and Southern Maine area -finding inspiration for his art through his extensive travels and time spent as a fireman, forester, fisherman, and landscape designer. It’s though the lens of a lifetime spent in keen observance of the world around him that Gunn produces his colorful folksy works. “I've simply always drawn and painted”, explains Gunn. “My mother studied art history in college and I grew up with the books. Now, as an adult, I've had the great good fortune to travel extensively and see much of that work in person. I suspect that, and the simple joy of painting, is why I've begun painting again.”
Gunn’s collection can be viewed in the Veranda Room at Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick, ME through August 8th. Public Welcome. More information on the artist and the project mission is available on Clay Hill Farm’s website, https://www.clayhillfarm.com/About-Us/-VerandArt-Project. “To celebrate the natural beauty of relationships through nature, art and community has always been one of the philosophical cornerstones of our family business,” said Jennifer Lewis, co-owner of Clay Hill Farm and co-founder of the #VerandArt Project. “To be able to bring people together that share that passion is such an honor- Clay Hill Farm is all about experience.”
Clay Hill Farm is an experiential dining and event venue on 11 private acres in Cape Neddick, Maine- just 2 miles from the downtown Ogunquit. A certified environmental sanctuary committed to local outreach, Clay Hill Farm is proud to celebrate the natural beauty of Maine by supporting the arts in our community. (207) 361-2272. www.ClayHillFarm.com