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    Savory Maine Dining and Provisions is pleased to exhibit the paintings of Round Pond artist Jill Tarkleson.

    Tarkleson began painting with watercolors, because she could easily shove them into her backpack. But a few years ago a friend gave her a box of acrylic paints, and now her art flourishes in this medium. She plays with the colors and often uses purples, turquoises and shades of orange in her work, which is applied either on wood or canvas. Sometimes she will also sew beads intricately into her canvas paintings, lending whimsy and play to the works. With her family ties to Matinicus, the Maine coast is often her subject matter.

    The artist grew up in New Hampshire (with a pony and chickens), studied Rehabilitation Services at the University of Maine at Farmington, and has led backpacking trips with teenagers in a wilderness therapy program in Colorado.

    She says, When I lived in Colorado, the high alpine flowers absolutely amazed me. Especially the tiny yellow flowers that fight their way up through the melting springtime snow. . . . . Every glowing sunrise and sunset filled me with the beauty of the mountains and I’ve since loved capturing that color and feel in my painting.”

    Tarkleson’s bright and colorful paintings clearly show her passion for art as well as her love of nature – and she combines these pleasures in her career and studies in therapy and rehabilitation, inspiring others to explore their own creativity.

    The exhibit is in Savory Maine’s main dining room and will continue through the first week of March. An opening reception for Tarkleson will be held on Friday, February 3 from 3-5. Savory Maine will provide delectable finger foods. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information call 563-2111, ‘like’ Savory Maine on Facebook

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