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Visual Memoir of Maine


A cloud rolls across the blue sky on a summer day in Brooklin, Maine, in Sarah Faragher’s painting Morning Sail, July. Three sailboats cruise through Eggemoggin Reach, the island-dotted passage between Penobscot Bay and Blue Hill Bay.

Faragher painted this scene mostly on location at a small beach in Brooklin that has a good view of the Reach. “The sailboats kept tacking back and forth, so I had good opportunities to paint them that day,” she says. “I painted about two-thirds of the canvas on location, then invented the rest back home in my studio.”

The small village of Brooklin may only have a population of approximately 800 people, but it is home to one of New England’s largest concentrations of classic wooden yachts. Brooklin Boat Yard, Hylan & Brown and the WoodenBoat School all operate here, and the vessels they create have easy access to world-class sailing waters in Eggemoggin Reach, which is also the location of an annual regatta.

Faragher was born and raised on the coast of Maine, and she now lives in Mid-Coast, where she works as a professional painter. She studied art history and painting at Colby College and the University of Maine, and she bases much of her work on her home state’s coastal scenes.

“My paintings are memoirs of my experiences with
nature,” she says. “Through painting I participate in the landscape, recognize transcendent moments in nature, honor the integrity of natural forms and describe where my heart lives. I often feel as if the places I paint have commissioned me to tell their autobiographies at the same time that I tell my own.”

Faragher displays her work at the Landing Gallery in Rockland and the Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor. Morning Sail, July was part of her solo show at the Landing Gallery called “Portraits of Place.” —Carly Sisson

This article was originally published in the October 2022 issue.



Classic and New

In 1986, Steve White, and Frank Hull of Brooklin Boat Yard started the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta (ERR). Thirteen boats participated in that first event, which led to two more regattas that now make up a three-regatta Wooden Boat Series. In 2015, Lyman-Morse created the Camden Classics Cup at the old Wayfarer Marine facility in Camden, to run the week before the Wooden Boat series.


Passing Squall

The sea rolls without remorse, riled up by the storm that just passed through, coloring the sky a menacing indigo with its departure.

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Empire City

The East River in New York City is abuzz on a busy morning in 1899 in artist Patrick O’Brien’s painting “Empire City.”


Christmas Island

Artist Keith Reynolds created this painting, Christmas Island, after visiting Christmas Cove near Boothbay, Maine, where he was inspired by what he saw he saw just off the peninsula.


Vineyard Sound With a Twist

Artist William Davis, who enjoys painting historical scenes, captures two sailers are they pass the Great Round Shoal lightship.


State of Mind

Joseph McGurl creates art from memories of the time he spent in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas