Take a journey along ‘Beach Paths’ at The Studio
ARTWORK BY MARO LORIMER
This is number III in the "Beach Paths" series, which will
be on display at The Studio at Gulf and Pine in
Anna Maria through Jan. 30.
ANNA MARIA – The Studio at Gulf and Pine will host an opening reception for “Beach Paths,” a series of mixed media collages by Maro Lorimer on Sunday, Jan. 16, from 3 to 6 p.m. Suki Janish will provide music.
“It is the wildness of these paths that makes them so unusual,” Lorimer said, “especially in an area as developed as the Gulf Coast. The fact that residents and visitors approach the Island’s beach from countless access points via natural footpaths instead of pavement makes a big difference in the overall feeling of being here. It is rare – one of the most precious things about this Island – and I wanted to celebrate it in these pieces.”
Lorimer, who grew up on the water in the village of Bellport, N.Y., moved to Holmes Beach from Colorado in 1999 with her husband, Mike.
“We were really missing the water,” she recalled. “For a few years, we explored places we might want to live, driving up and down the coast.
‘We found this place without knowing anyone. We really appreciated that it wasn’t glitzy. It was simple, natural and authentic. That really appealed to us.”
Lorimer, a writer, editor and radio interviewer in Colorado, began writing a column for the Sun about all the new experiences and things to see on the Island. She said the beach paths were one of the first things that captivated her.
“The fact that they look as if they’ve been left alone to develop naturally gives them a sense of wildness and randomness that’s much more intriguing than landscape design,” she said.
“There is an element of surprise. Each one is different, and it’s the feeling I have when I’m walking down these paths that I try to express in my collages.”
Although she had studied watercolor and sold her art in Colorado, she said it took her awhile to start painting after moving to the Island because “there was so much to absorb and see, and that’s a very important part of painting – looking carefully and getting to know what it is you want to express about the place you are in.”
She attended a workshop in Sarasota to learn collage techniques and began her beach path series using those techniques.
“I approach the art-making process with a feeling of freedom,” she explained. “I let surprises happen because the element of surprise is a part of the experience of being on the path.”
In addition to the series, Lorimer will display her newer acrylic work at the show. These larger pieces are inspired by the feeling of emerging from the path onto the beach.
“ The experience on the path is intimate; the experience on the beach is infinite,” she said. “It’s that sense of endless open space that you see from the high beach that I portray.
“I’m not trying to paint representations of the Island’s beautiful scenes. I’m painting my reaction to the environment here. The only boundaries in these paintings are the horizon or the shoreline, both of which seem to go on forever.”
Lorimer paints in her Holmes Beach studio and in the Sarasota studio of Douglas H. Teller. Her pieces have won awards in Colorado, Sarasota and at the Anna Maria Island Art League, including a Best of Show in 2007. They are in collections in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Florida.
The Studio at Gulf and Pine is located at 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Signed limited-edition giclée prints of the beach paths will be available at the reception and for the duration of the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 30. Gallery hours are 10 to 2, Tuesday through Saturday.