By Morgan Rogers (this article first appeared in Maine Insights)
The inside gallery at Berry’s Stationers 153 Main St, downtown Waterville, features the artwork, Ramona du Houx, until December 30, 2014.
Ramona du Houx creates fine art photography that looks like watercolor paintings evoking mystery and a sense of wonder. Many find them nostalgic and some mystical.
Ramona is currently represented by Gallery Storks of Tokyo, Japan and is also a member of the Maine Artist Collaborative where she exhibits regularly at the Constellation Gallery in Portland, Maine.
“For me art reflects where we live in our communities, as well as where an artist is in their heart, mind and soul,” said Ramona. “In 1979 I began to paint with my camera to depict the interconnectedness of nature. I took the initial results to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where they recorded them long ago. The continuing results have been unpredictable, intriguing, and thought provoking.”
The watercolor technique is always a challenge.
“I never know exactly what the results will be, that’s the exciting part of the creation,” said du Houx. “I believe every photograph has an audience, someone the work will speak to personally.”
Berry’s show space offers local artists a friendly venue to exhibit their work and a way to continue to grow Waterville’s creative economy. With Colby College’s new museum, and Common Street Arts, Waterville is gaining attention as a place to visit for art.
“We believe in our community and holding shows for artists can help grow the creative economy of Waterville,” said Michael, owner of Berry’s Stationers.
Customers rely on the quality work of the Berry’s Stationers art suppliers and framers. They entrust the craftspeople who work there with precious mementos to create a unique way to display it for their lifetimes.
Berry’s Stationers team matches mat colors and frames for any job they work on and they always take the time to listen to customers to ensure they get what they are looking for. Michael bought the business back in the 70’s. He’s a perfectionist in his framing craft and an avid photographer.
“Matching up someone’s art with the right mat and frame gives me a lot of pleasure. Finding out exactly what the customer needs and then succeeding makes it so worthwhile,” said Michael.
While other framers have closed their doors due to big box stores and chains, The Berry’s Stationers continues. The quality customer service and extra care he and his father take in framing creates prized items for many people.
Berry’s Stationers is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. And Saturday from 9:00-3.00pm. And until Christmas they are open on Sundays.
For more of Ramona’s photography please visit: http://www.photographybyramonaduhoux.com