The place where artists and writers with Maine connections are showcased.

Maine’s mystical ships by Ramona du Houx – May 2016 exhibit Featured

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Seascapes

“Our bodies consist of the same proportion of water as the earth. We are creatures of the sea. The draw of the ocean has been written about time and again. There is something more vast and more mysterious about the sea than anything else on earth. It’s something similar to the vastness and mystery of the universe itself. Our planet is just one in our solar system which is connected by the vastness of space. Is the relationship we have with the ocean a microscopic reflection of the relationship our Earth has to space?” said Ramona du Houx.

“How people interact with the ocean, from feeling at one under sail with the winds at the back to simply watching waves lap the shores, transmits a calmness, a wholeness. That peace is something I wish to convey in my work.”

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Ramona du Houx’s photography Featured

Ramona has been to many events in her 32 year career as a photographer and has had the privilege of capturing the excitement and atmosphere surrounding the events.

“Ramona du Houx provides fine, thorough, and complete photography and writing services and doesn’t stop until she gets the job done to the satisfaction of the client she is working for.”
– Bangor Citycouncilor Joe Baldacci

Here is a small sample of her work. For more please click here. Or contact her directly.Rates vary per assignment and needs. Read more

Ramona du Houx’s art

I try to bring the beauty, magic and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. Putting the images into categories was extremely challenging as everything is interconnected. Please enjoy the work and check back for more additions regularly added. All images are limited editions for sale and represent over 35 years of work. To purchase any of these images please contact me HERE.

I’m represented by Gallery Storks in Tokyo, Japan and Fukurou of Rockland, Maine.

TO VIEW THE ART: Please click on the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the work.

Nature reveals herself

 

There are no boundaries in nature, with everyone and everything interconnected. Where a river stops cannot be defined, nor can the end of the sky. In my lightgraphs no objects have clearly defined borders as they merge their core essences together creating visual abstracts of light. In some cases the images resemble microscopic images, as if the core elements of what is being photographed has emerged to be recorded. It’s my hope that with these elements revealed the viewer has an opportunity to discover something about the natural world representational photographs cannot convey as nature reveals herself.

 

 

Landscapes

Painting with the camera can create the sense of being personally close to an object through colors, textures, memories, and the seasons. With a landscape that’s exemplified because of their never-ending vastness that somehow surrounds us in an embrace. For me landscapes inspire contemplation, and patience. That and the sensation of being at home, welcomed by nature’s warmth.

 

Trees

Stability, strength, integrity: words we use to describe trees. From our most ancient texts trees have become symbols for people to find strength in.

How they reflect human nature, throughout the seasons, inspires me. Painting with the camera depicts their resiliency while commotion surrounds them. They remain more defined in the photographs while their surroundings have a swept away look. For me that reflects the strength of the human spirit.

 

 

Seascapes

Our bodies consist of the same proportion of water as the earth. We are creatures of the sea. The draw of the ocean has been written about time and again. There is something more vast and more mysterious about the sea than anything else on earth. It’s something similar to the vastness and mystery of the universe itself. Our planet is just one in our solar system which is connected by the vastness of space. Is the relationship we have with the ocean a microscopic reflection of the relationship our Earth has to space?

How people interact with the ocean, from feeling at one under sail with the winds at the back to simply watching waves lap the shores, transmits a calmness, a wholeness. That peace is something I wish to convey in my work.

 

 

Flora

To take a photograph of a flower is obvious. To show the energy and light within that flower and how it relates to its surroundings is always the challenge. Viewing these flowers allows us to think more about life. The images can calm, excite or balance our souls by taking us away from our daily routines.

 

Reflections, Waterfall, Rocks

Society moves at an ever-increasing pace; with cell phones and text messaging many people don’t take the time to look around them, to reflect. There is of course a time and place for these technologies, there is also a time and place for contemplation. Nature provides pools of wisdom in reflected objects if we take the time to look. Taking a moment or two to find stillness coupled with a rush of discovery energizes me in a balanced way. With these images I hope others will find that solace.

 

Water, soft and supple and rocks hard and unforgiving create a balance. They exist and form the nature of each-other. The water molds the stones, the rocks determine the waters flow. This relationship in nature we carry in our souls.

When the ice age carved out our landscapes dramatic shifts occurred. Some were sharp, steep transitions where waterfalls were created. For me the energy from the ionizing water as it cascades over a waterfall clears my mind so I can look at challenges afresh. The rush of water awakens something deep within the soul. In my photographs I hope to convey that excited rush of creation with a balance of where the earth now resides.

In Flight

Birds represent so much in our cultural histories; freedom, strength, liberty. They also predate human existence and are related to dinosaurs. With grace these ancient avions keep watch on human activities from the air. What they mean to us is an ongoing discovery and discussion I’d like to have.

 

Monuments, Cityscapes

The way that manmade cityscapes reflect glacial rock formations or undersea coral reefs has always fascinated me. Is it by design that our cityscapes resemble mountains of granite, carved from the ice age? Rock and coral reef patterns emerge as I paint cityscapes with the camera. This curious relationship has led me to wonder about our relationship to stones large and small.

Some artists work with stone to create monuments and buildings that are designed to inspire generations in our democracy. For me they come alive, in revealing mysterious ways, with the interaction of people who visit them.

 

People, Animals and Dimensions

How we interact in our surroundings, becoming a part of wherever and whatever we may be associated with is key to my photographs of people. How much do we carry where we are with us, how much do we disregard this? How much do people who surround us influence us, or us them?

Sometimes new dimensions open as one follows your soul instincts with a clear head. Often that’s when discoveries can be made. Shapes, objects and the unexpected can come to life. And new questions arise. Is what we perceive real? What doors of perception can the camera open up?

Painting with the camera helps me to explore the simultaneously harmonious and strained relationships between animals and the natural world and the similar relationships between animals and their fellow kind. It also allows me to artistically investigate the complex manifestations of personality that we as humans project upon animals, and that they intrinsically possess.

N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism at Farnsworth Art Museum

From Maine Insights 

by Ramona du Houx

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland presented an opening lecture the museum’s Curator Michael Komanecky by for the exhibition “N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism.”

Wyeth’s illustrations in two anthologies were inspired by Americans’ long-standing familiarity with and appreciation for poetry, and in particular its love of works by the so-called “Schoolroom Poets” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier, among others.

Komanecky’s presentation focused on the context in which the two anthologies of poems were created, including Wyeth’s role as illustrator.

The exhibition “N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism” opened to the public on June 16, 2018. At the members’ preview the evening before local children dressed up in the traditional Revolutionary War Blue Coat uniforms.

EXILE  SPACE: ENCOUNTERING ANCIENT AND MODERN AMERICA by Esther Pasztory

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STONE AGE CIVILIZATIONS IN THE NEW WORLD

More about Esther Pasztory —

Esther Pasztory is Lisa and Bernard Selz Professor emeritus of pre-Columbian Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She has published extensively in the field of pre-Columbian art, including the first art historical manuscripts on Teotihuacán and the Aztecs.

DSC_0374Born in Hungary, she emigrated to the United States in 1956, after the anti-Communist revolution. She attended Vassar College and Barnard Collage, where she received a BA in art history. With her dissertation at Columbia, entitled The Murals of Tepantitla, Teotihuacan, she received her PhD in 1971.

Other books by Esther Pasztory:

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Order online on the donations page of the non-profit publisher: Polar Bear & Company. Indicate the book and make sure you include your address!

Or phone in your order, email solon@tds.net, or send your check or money order for $17.95/copy to: Polar Bear & Company, P.O. Box 311, 8 Brook Street, Solon, Maine . 04979.

Along with this information:

Name:

Address:

How many copies:

Email if you wish notification of it being sent.

Thank YOU!!

Conversations with Quetzalcoatl and Other Stories by Esther Pasztory

Patrick McGowan’s thrilling novel – One Good Thing

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A Maine adventure novel with purpose-

Mac McCabe, the owner of Allagash Air, flies his customers into the wilderness to unforgettable and often life-changing experiences, camping, fishing, and hunting. But these days it seems that it’s harder to make ends meet, even as the rich get richer and flock to Maine on vacation.

When the local paper mill is to be chopped up, stripped and closed, and the man behind the deal slams Mac’s airplane into a deadly spin with his jet, Mac dreams up a plan to get even. He recruits the military discipline of his brother-in-law Jackson Gunther and the skills of a journalist on the run from the mob. With the computer expertise of one more companion, they are involved in an offshore network to lift billions of dollars from two crooked and greedy billionaires.

Nature encounters human nature in the North Woods in search of natural justice—just one good thing to bring home to the community.

Read more about the author 

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 2.29.54 PM“During the winter of 2014-15 we lost power over the entire Christmas holiday. Luckily I had this story in my head for a book. I started writing. That story is now a book, One Good Thing,” said the author, Pat McGowan. “It is an adventure story with purpose.”

Patrick K. McGowan was born in Bangor, Maine, and raised in Somerset County. He learned to fly at the age of sixteen and began a lifetime of adventure and backcountry bush flying. Inspired by his home state, a place of magnificent beauty, he began a public service career, which included being a legislator, presidential appointee, and member of a governor’s cabinet. He has owned and operated many small businesses over four decades.

His drive for continued adventure included ten years as a skydiver, forty years as a floatplane and backcountry airplane pilot and multiple Maine canoe trips.

One Good Thing brings his public service, floatplane adventures, and love of storytelling to the public in this first novel.

He campaigned for single-payer health coverage in a congressional race in 1990 and has never given up on this bold idea for America. McGowan is an accomplished conservationist.

Published by Polar Bear & Company of Maine – Head office: PO Box 311, Solon, ME  04979. In town location: 20 Main Street, Rockland, ME  04841.

Available on Barnes and Noble.com, and Amazon, local independent bookstores by request or directly from the publisher.

$17.95/Pages: 260 / ISBN-13: 978-1882190812

Dragon Kim Foundation helps teens learn music and much more

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“Life is a gift, so live it to the fullest. Grow happy and gaily, for you only have one shot,” that’s the beginning of a poem written by 14-year-old Dragon Kim.

A teen often described as wise beyond his age. A boy, whose life ended along with his friend Justin Lee on August 14, 2015.

Park rangers say a large tree branch broke and fell on a tent where Dragon and Justin were sleeping. Both were killed.

His parents established The Dragon Kim Foundation “in our son’s honor to carry on his love of life to make it possible for other young people to pursue interests in areas in which Dragon himself was passionate, and to help give others the access to a bright future.”

 

 

 

 

The foundation gives young people access to more opportunities.

 

Please consider making a donation, on their website They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Dragon Kim Foundation, 13217 Jamboree Road, Suite #158, Tustin, CA 92782

 

Winnie and Tate a great bedtime adventure about two ducks and their new family

by Ramona du HouxTwo ducks find their way to a new home. As Winnie and Tate’s world expands in the backyard woodland pond, so does their circle of friends. They meet a variety of animals and discover that dangers can sometimes lurk around the corner.Exciting firsts and scary life events rally the family and their ducks in lasting ways, as vivid situations come to life in this wonderful adventure.

Author, Nancy Crinklaw, brings us into the world of these adorable ducks as they grow, getting into mischief at every turn.  As Winnie and Tate mature they help their human family realize what’s important in life.

Winnie and Tate will entertain many age groups and has a few life lessons for all. You just keep reading and want to know more once you finish the book,” said Lisa A Paulon in her review. “I hope to see a continuation of the story in the near future and in the meantime I will remember to be mindful of the “dark side” of the pond!”

First booksigning will be with author Nancy Crinklaw at 10AM at the Sandown Public Library, 305 Main St, Sandown, NH 03873 on March 1, 2018.

About the Author Nancy Crinklaw:

Nancy (on the right in the photo) loved reading books as a child and wanted to share that love with her daughter and began reading to her the day she came home from the hospital. As her daughter grew, she remembers searching for page-turners that would interest her child, teach a few life lessons, and be enjoyed by her as well. With those elements in mind she wrote Winnie and Tate.

“It was a struggle to find books with good messages that were fun adventures when Rachael was a baby. I really wanted to give new mothers a fun book that will help them with the road ahead, so Winnie and Tate was born,” said Nancy.

Nancy grew up in a very small town in New York along the St. Lawrence River just a stone’s throw to the Canadian Border, along with her sister Joanne Langston (on the left of the photo), who illustrated Winnie and Tate. 

“I guess it is the sister thing because the pictures fantastically compliment the feeling of the book Winnie and Tate,” said Nancy.

 Nancy now lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband, daughter, six little ducks and two cats.

She continues to find joy in writing, and is working on a second book.

Nancy currently works in manufacturing management, continues to find joy in writing, and is working on a second book.

About the Illustrator:

Joanne Langston loved painting from an early age and recently returned to this life-long passion when Nancy asked her to illustrate Winnie and Tate.

“It’s been such a honor to be able to illustrate Nancy’s classic story. We’ve always wanted to work together on a project of significance, to give back and hopefully inspire. I’m hoping it’ll be a long partnership,” said Joanne.

Go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/quackedweb/ for information about Winnie and Tate.

Winnie and Tate is published by Polar Bear & Company of Maine – PO Box 311, 8 Brook Street, Solon, ME 04979 and 20 Main Street, Rockland, Maine  04841.

$15.95  * ISBN: 978-1-882190-58-4 *  www. polarbearandco.org 

Book combats childhood bullying – Clipper and the Village Park Bully

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From Maine Insights News

In the third book in the Clipper Maine Island Labrador puppy series, Clipper and the Village Park Bully, our hero visits the village park for the first time. Excited to make new friends, he soon discovers he has a lot in common with other puppies. Then the park bully snarls at him and . . .

Clipper’s author, Anita de Laguna Haviland, takes on the bully in the park to help children and parents deal with this serious problem. Being bullied as a child can have harmful, long-term consequences, like being stunted emotionally and socially.

“I couldn’t sit by hearing about all the bully situations in our schools across America. I hope Clipper and the Village Park Bully will show children that there are answers to their situations, that they are not alone, and most importantly that people do care.”

“Everyone has a role to play in combating the epidemic of childhood bullying. I hope my paintings will connect with children so they know they are loved and important to us all,” said watercolor artist Ramona du Houx.

Nine out of 10 elementary school kids have been subjected to physical or psychological bullying by their peers, while six in 10 have been bullies themselves, according to a new study.

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“The results show that even going down to young ages, we have very high levels of bullying and victimization,” said study lead author Dr. Thomas P. Tarshis, who conducted the research while with the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. The findings were published in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

More about the Clipper series—

Clipper is a sweet Labrador puppy who loves to get into mischief. His adventures on a Maine island reflect incidents everyone’s child somehow manages to get into. If we think far enough back, we got into them too. How Clipper solves situations, how those around him help or not provides direction—as a great picture book can do. All the while, this adorable puppy warms everyone’s heart and soul.

“These stories are based in experience. Our loving dogs have been wonderful teachers,” said de Laguna Haviland, who dedicates Clipper and the Village Park Bully to the memory of her loving dog Picasso.

Du Houx’s vibrant watercolor paintings bring the book’s words to life while inspiring children and fostering an appreciation of art. Studies show early childhood exposure to the arts helps calm children and encourages their imaginations.

“I love seeing the eyes of children light up as they turn the pages in Clipper. It’s so easy to fall in love with a Labrador puppy,” said Ramona. “He’s a wonderful role model for kids.”

Inspired by the visual splendor of the natural world and by children discovering it, Ramona has painted six picture books. Ramona’s photographic art has been exhibited worldwide since 1980. For the past twenty-two years she has worked as a journalist, artist, professional writer and photographer.

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The book retails at $17.95. ISBN 978-1-882190-64-5

Available from the publisher at great Maine Independent bookstores, Ingram and amazon.com

Watercolor painting illustrations copyright © 2017 by Ramona du Houx.

Clipper copyright © by Anita de Laguna Haviland. All rights reserved.