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    Savory Maine Exhibits Paintings of Joan Taylor

    Chinese brush painter Joan L. Taylor of Edgecomb is exhibiting her artwork at Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta through November. Joan’s art career has included many mediums, but her focus changed when she took advantage of the last class in Chinese Brush Painting a friend taught before moving out of the country. This form of art is an expression of the Chinese Culture, where it is not the artist that is honored but the art itself, which captures the “essence” of the subject rather than an exact, precise image. Her paintings offer a refreshing palette of nature. Taylor says, “It’s a meditation in ink -similar to a ballet. The brush strokes are the dance steps, and composition is the choreography.” Evident are the subjects of nature which she enjoys most: flowers, bamboo, animals, insects, fish, cats, birds and water. The Chinese characters (calligraphies) depicting various emotions and greetings, are also popular- such as love, devotion, focus, happiness and health. While Taylor initially worked only with black ink (which she grinds fresh for each painting), Chinese master Ning Yeh of California introduced her to the use of color in her work, and she now enjoys the almost limitless aspects color brings to her images on rice paper. Taylor’s art has been shown in many Maine venues as well as in New York City and Pennsylvania and are in private collections in many other states. The exhibit is in Savory Maine’s main dining room and will continue through mid-December. An opening reception for Taylor will be held on Friday, November 11th from 3-5. Savory Maine will provide delectable finger food. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Savory Maine is located at 11 Water Street. It is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Monday,Wednesday through Saturday and for brunch on Sunday. The restaurant sources most of its food from Maine and 99 percent of it is organically grown, wild harvested or grass fed, For more information call 563-2111, ‘LIKE’ Savory Maine on Facebook, or visit

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