HEIDI DAUB  (b.1960) was raised near the meeting waters of the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers and in her late teens was drawn to the North Atlantic coast, graduating 1982 from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. Residing and working in Maine since 1984, she exhibits her paintings in solo and group shows throughout New England.  Curator and collaborator, Daub’s art reflects her involvement in various artistic disciplines and her reverence for the natural world. She has produced two publications of her paintings and poems, Eve Of A New Round (2008) and the artist catalog Pieces of Prayer (2015). Her work is housed internationally in private and corporate collections.

 

My paintings evolve from an introspection, coming out of an awareness, a sense. This remembering, this stilling is where I go in my creative work. By opening to this reception, I am attempting to find color, form and movement to express what we cannot describe, but we feel; like divine, the deep forest place, water’s essence, or the complexity and simplicity of love.

 

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Selected Solo Exhibits
2019  Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME (2015, 2017)
2018  WORD Festival, paintings and poems, featured reader and exhibitor, Blue Hill ME (2017)

2017  Island Artisans, New Work, Bar Harbor, ME (2014)
2015  Powers Hall Gallery, University Maine Machias, Pieces Of Prayer
          including original poems, Machias, ME
2014  Gleason Fine Art, Welcome Spring, Boothbay Harbor, ME
2011  Markings Gallery, To Hear The Forest Speaking, Bath, ME
          Sam Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME (2006, 2004)
          Schooner Gallery, Milbridge, ME
2008  Blue Hill Public Library, Eve Of A New Round, Blue Hill, ME
          Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME
          Chroma Gallery, Guilford, CT
2006  Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
          The Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta, ME (2002-2005, 2000)
2005  Classic Framers, Westerly, RI (2001-2003)
          The Grand Auditorium, Ellsworth, ME (1987)
2003  Pitcher/Masters Studio Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
2001  Clark House Gallery, Bangor, ME (2000)
          Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME (1987-2000)
2000  Acacia Gallery, Gloucester, MA
1999  Saturday Cove Gallery, Northport, ME
1998  Gallery House, Nobleboro, ME (1991-1997)
1995  Thomas Moser Showroom, Approaching Intimacy- Landscape As Metaphor
          including original poems, Portland, ME (1992)
1986  The Laughing Lion, Blue Hill, ME


Selected Group Exhibits

2018  Artemis Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME (2014-2017)

          Gallery B Castine, ME (2016)

2017  Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill, ME (2013, 2016)

2016  Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, ME (2013-2015)
2015  Blue Hill Public Library, Messages, three person show
          with Avy Claire and Susan Webster, Blue Hill, ME
          The Bay School, 10 x 8 Small Works Show, Blue Hill, ME (2003-2014)
          Blue Hill Public Library, August benefit show, Blue Hill, ME ( 2010-2012, 2007)
2014  Art Collector Maine, Art. Works. Kennebunkport, ME (2013)
2013 KPK Gallery, London, England (2012 Hidden Gems Of Contemporary Art)
2012  Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME (2011, 2009)
          Maine Artscene Virtual Gallery, juried virtual gallery, maineartscene.com
          (2009-2010)
2010  Pearson Legacy Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
2009  Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME
          The Powers Gallery, Acton, MA (2007-2008)
2008  The Landing Gallery, Rockland, ME and Woodbury, NY (2007)
          Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME (2007, 2005)
          Sam Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME (2005-2007)      

2007  Galeyrie Fine Art, Falmouth, ME (2006)
          Maine Audubon Art Auction, Falmouth, ME (2004-2006)
          Abbe Museum Art Auction, Bar Harbor, ME
2005  Belfast Poetry Festival, original poems and exhibition, Belfast, ME
2004  International Peace Conference, University Maine Orono, Orono, ME
2002  Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT
2000  Montserrat College Of Art, 30th anniversary alumni exhibit Beverly, MA
          George Marshall Store Gallery, two person show, Elemental Play
          with original poems, York, ME
1999  Greenhut Galleries, Portland, ME (1992-1998)
          Montserrat College Of Art, Curator and exhibitor, Inner Landscapes-Artists and Poets
          From Maine with paintings and writings, Beverly, MA
1998  Gallery House, two person showings with Eric Hopkins and group showings
          including Seven Maine Women Artists and The Spirit And Four Artists
          Nobleboro, ME (1991-1997)
1996  New Arts Program, Invitational Small Works Show, Kutztown, PA
          Union Of Maine Visual Artists, Interiors with original poems
          Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth, ME
1994  Thomas Moser Showroom, Angels, Portland, ME (1993)

Publications/Collaborations

2018  Album/Cover art, 'Fiddle Tunes for Slack Key Guitar', © Jeff Todd Titon 

2015  Artist Catalog, Pieces Of Prayer in conjunction with solo exhibit of poems and
          paintings at Powers Hall Gallery, Machias, ME
2014  Featured artist, 2River, summer 2014 issue, online poetry journal, 2River.org
          Online publication of The Shelter, poetry/art collaboration, Split Rock Review
          summer 2014 issue, splitrockreview.com
2012  Ashes To Art Project, A book comprised of images, statements and poems by
          American artists utilizing charcoal from the 2012 Colorado fires.
2011  Portfolio, Montserrat College of Art Publication
2008  Eve Of A New Round, a book compilation of 29 original paintings and poems
2000  New Arts Journal, Kutztown, PA
          Cover Art, Beloit Poetry Journal

 

Presentations

2018  Poetry reading, Maine Word. literary festival, Blue Hill, ME

          Artist talk, Alcyon Center, Seal Cove, ME 

2015  Artist talk, reading and presentation, Pieces Of Prayer
          Powers Hall Gallery, Machias, ME
2014  Blue Hill Library Arts Series, Three Artists = Three Visions
          presentation and panel discussion, Blue Hill, ME
2013  The Shelter, visual art/poetry collaboration/presentation with
          poet Leonore Hildebrandt, Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast, ME
2008  Artist talk, Chroma Gallery, Guilford CT
2006  Artist talk, Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
2005  Poetry Reading, Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast, ME
          Artist talk, The Firehouse Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
          Presentation, including artist talk, and documentary I-movie
          Bangor High School, Bangor, ME
2000  Discussion, artist talk, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME
1995  Poetry reading and talk, Thomas Moser Showroom, Portland, ME 

Residency

2018  Alcyon Center, Inaugural Artist Residency, Seal Cove, ME

"From her studio days at Montserrat School of Visual Art, in Beverly, Massachusetts, Heidi Daub has doggedly maintained an independent and individualistic approach to her art that reflects a temperament derived from a thorough knowledge of and an adherence to the vocabulary of Modernism, complemented with an imaginative and innovative approach to her art that has not been seen in Maine for a long time.  Her style, with its unmistakenable identity, make her paintings a challenge both to the eye and to the mind. 

Daub’s paintings defy easy classification.  Are they landscapes or narratives or a meshing of the two?  Are they painted metaphors, symbolic narratives or even surreal experiences? 

Clearly she combines elements directly taken from the natural world, but there are unexpected surprises too. She often includes elements in her ‘landscapes’ that are usually found in still lifes. 

 

An irresistible narrative quality also informs her paintings and her motifs fairly beg to be ‘read’ as personal statement. Daub has assimilated the characteristics of Modernism so completely to her own artistic purposes; she seems to have come to it naturally.  She is one of a small number of Maine artists who work with it convincingly.  She has created a style that is personal, idiomatic, and singularly hers.  Nature is always her starting point, always her vehicle for expressing and shaping her personal visions.  Her imagery is thus always recognizable as belonging to the world of appearances, regardless of the particular configuration she may give them.  And though she employs the vocabulary of representationalism, her painted language is conditioned by the grammar and syntax of Modernism and abstraction.  One of her gifts is her ability to combine representational and abstract elements without making the former obvious or obtrusive.

The art of Heidi Daub is unquestionably a rare experience, the kind we are not likely to see again for some time.  Her ability to translate personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings into artful images that are at once rich in poetic associations and probing in enigmatic content are what make the paintings of Heidi Daub memorable and worth seeking out."   

 

~ Lyle Roger North                               

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