Originally published in Compass, May 1, 2014
Jill Hoy’s paintings to be exhibited in Belfast
“Debbie Chapel’s Abundance” by Stonington, Maine artist Jill Hoy, oil painting, 38 x 44”; donated by gallery patron to Maine Farmland Trust in 2014. All proceeds will benefit the trust’s farmland preservation programs.
A selection of Jill Hoy’s paintings will be on display in the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, as the centerpiece of a new show, “Painting the Land Alive,” according to a news release from the trust.
“Jill is like Maine, bright colors and powerful oceans. Maine is different, unlike any other place, and so is she.” So begins a vivid character essay about the artist Jill Hoy, widely known in New England for her large, vibrantly colorful landscapes which depict Maine’s barrens, coast and villages. One may also recognize her name as the wife of painter Jon Imber, who just recently passed away after living with ALS for a year and a half, according to the news release.
Hoy has her own gallery in the center of Stonington and typically doesn’t have other galleries represent her. When asked why she made an exception for Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, she said: “[Maine Farmland Trust’s] venture is incredibly important—it touches me very deeply. A lot of my work is about life, about energy, about sense of place. So much of the land is being developed. They’re turning over homes that have been in families for generations. It’s heartbreaking. Maine is behind that curve compared to other places, but it’s still happening.”
The exhibit “The Land Alive” will be on display at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main Street, Belfast, from May 2 through June 9. There will be an Artist’s Reception open to the public on Friday, May 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The gallery is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgalery.org.