• Karle Woods

Born in the South, growing up in the Midwest, I studied Art History at Princeton. I got an MFA from the Boston Museum School, and during that time worked as a night watchman at the Museum—a perfect job for a learning artist. I taught realist painting for the Museum School, and courses for Harvard Extension part time for many years. Became known in Boston for cityscapes, aerial views especially. In 1975 began building a house and studio in Sumner Maine, and I began to paint the woods and coast of Maine.

After studying art history in college and spending some time in Rome, I realized that there was much beyond the abstract paintings I was doing which I wanted to learn to do. It felt like starting over to study anatomy, perspective, “old master” techniques, but this led in many new directions. I often thought of how whatever I liked in Canaletto’s cityscapes, and in Ruisdael’s landscapes could be done in a contemporary way. I use photograph, but also paint outside, because the eye sees light and color differently from the camera.

  • Karle Woods

Updated: Nov 9

Elijah Ober is a sculptor and animator based in Maine. He studied Art and Anthropology at Bowdoin College. He has attended residencies at the Ellis Beauregard Foundation, Monson Arts, and Gardenship. His work has recently been shown at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Portland Museum of Art, as well as Cove Street Arts, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, and New System Exhibitions. Elijah is the recipient of a 2021 Maine Arts Commission Project Grant.

"I am an artist working in sculpture and animation. My work explores our relationships with ecosystems, our own wildness, and our fellow humans. Most of the work I’ve been making lately has been about little creatures that I notice, admire, and start to learn about. Animals that live well in human landscapes are viewed as pests when they are not overlooked. But when you focus on these creatures, they are wild, vibrant, and capacious. It is joyful to make them protagonists, imagine their futures and project our feelings onto them."

  • Karle Woods

Updated: 2 days ago

A community hub and arts and innovation center for Western Maine.

Early in the year we embarked on our largest project to date, renovating the old, abandoned SnoCraft/Tubbs snowshoe factory at 10 Tannery Street in Norway, Maine. The 13,000 square foot buildings sit on almost a full acre near the center of town. Tapping into the collaborative community and creative spirit that already makes Norway special in the Western Foothills, we plan to renovate the buildings in stages, converting the space into a community hub and arts center, including a dance studio, co-working office space, gallery, art studios, and a shared makers’ space. With the generous help of dozens of volunteers we have cleaned out the buildings, lifted and reinforced the foundation, and are beginning the process of re-roofing both buildings this winter. These necessary fixes will ensure that Tannery Street will be a space that serves the community and the arts in Maine for years to come.