Biography

Carol's landscape and seascape images in oil-stick reveal a great sensitivity to her environment. Her vision is clear and focused in images that resonate with light and energy. Nothing is static in her way of seeing and recording. Moments melt together to form a lasting impression that is, in itself, ever changing.

In her own words:

I have come to realize that "path following" is a compelling and provocative process for me. The passage of time, the filtering of light and shadows, the meditations that percolate through my mind when I walk have all become parts of my personal documentation.
I walk often, in all kinds of weather and in all kinds of places. I have built an extended series of works, including three 25', scrolls with oil sticks on paper, tracking my perambulations. I want my work to convey the joys and insights that I internalize when I walk, my paths and experiences to be anybody's roads.
I paint with oil on canvas and I work with oil sticks on panel or on 140 lb watercolor paper. I work from photographs and from life.

EDUCATION:

2001 - 2002 Vermont Studio Center, January thru mid February
2000 Vermont Studio Center, winter months ( Jan, Feb, Mar )
1995 - 1996 Round Top Center for the Arts, study w/ Elizabeth Knox
1994 - 1999 Arts Students League of New York (Jan, Feb, Mar)
1993 Farnsworth Art Museum, study w/ Ann Ayvaliotis & Cynthia Hyde
1968 University of Wisconsin/Madison, graduate work w/Robert Arneson
1967 - 1968 University of Wisconsin/Madison, graduate work, w/ Don Reitz
1967 Bachelor of Science, Fine Arts, Skidmore College

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2006 Beginning drawing and painting classes, Downtown Gallery
2005 - 2006 Painting teacher, Arts Center at Kingdom Falls, Montville ME
2005 - 2006 Presenter, Summer Institute for Educators, Portland Museum
2002 - 2004 Drawing teacher, Arts Center at Kingdom Falls, Montville, ME
1996 - 2007 Partner, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
1978 - 2000 Carol Lahm Sloane Fabric Handbags, manufacturing and sales
1977 - 1987 Member of Perspectives.. artisans in cahoots, Camden, ME

                                                 CURRENT   RESUME      

                                                     ONE PERSON SHOWS

2014               Cribstone Financial, The Office Show, Augusta, ME
2013               Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Water and Wood, Falmouth ME
2013               Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, ‘Marking the Water’, Belfast, ME
2011               Caldbeck Gallery, Domestic Partners, Rockland, Me
2011               Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Walking the Woods, Falmouth, ME
2011               Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, Tidal Rocks / Canyon Walls, Belfast, ME
2008               Downtown Gallery, Mixed Greens, Washington, ME
2007, 2008       Black Duck Gallery, Winter Paintings previewed, Lunenburg, NS, CA
2006               Downtown Gallery, Domestic Partners, Washington, ME
2004               Gibbs Library, Walking Sprague Road, Washington, ME
2004               Downtown Gallery, Walking the Dog, Washington, ME
2003               Elan Fine Arts Gallery, New Work, Rockland, ME
2002               Downtown Gallery, Waking up in Sacred Places, Washington, ME
2002               Bowdoin College, Landcaster Lounge,
                             REFLECTING on REFLECTIONS and PATTERNS, Brunswick, ME
2000               Round Top Center for the Arts, WALKING TIME, Damariscotta, ME
2000               Downtown Gallery, MOVING PARTS, working scrolls, Wash. ,ME
2000               Railroad Square Gallery, WALKING TIME, Waterville, ME
1999               Camden Library, Passing Time, Camden, ME
1998               Downtown Gallery, Gourd and Shellscapes, Washington, ME
1995               Gibbs Library, Childhood Friends, drawings, Washington, ME

                                                                     GROUP SHOWS

2014               Monhegan Artist’s Residency 25 Years, Thos Moser Gallery, Freeport, ME
2014               Archipelago Gallery, Monhegan: Unfailing Muse, Rockland, ME
1995 - 2012      Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2005 - 2011      Maine Artists Guild, Davistown Museum, Liberty, ME
2005 - 2012      Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth, ME
2008 - 2011      Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME
1998, 02, 11      Caldbeck Gallery’s holiday show, Rockland, ME
2009 – 2011      Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, Belfast, ME
2010 - 2011      Corridor Gallery, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME
2010                Where’s the Water?, Downtown Gallery, Washington, ME
2010                Exploration in Realism, Tidemark Gallery, Waldoboro, ME
2009               2 River Arts Juried Shows, Damariscotta, ME
2009 – 2014     Davistown Museum, ongoing décor, Liberty ME        
2006               2nd Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast, ME
2006               Maine Art Gallery, “Into the Woods”, Wiscassett, ME
2006               Carina Fellows 1989 – 2005, Elan Fine Arts, Rockport, ME
2005               Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME
2004               Tignish Cultural Center, Where Land and Water Meet, PEI, Canada
2003 - 2007      Elan Fine Arts Gallery, Rockport, ME
2003               Greenhut Gallery, Drawing on Ideas: 10 Artists, Portland, ME
2003               CMCA, Six Women Engaging in the Maine Landscape, Rockport, ME
2002               Downtown Gallery at the Blaine House, Augusta, ME 
2000 - 2005      Backroads Gallery’s summer show, Damariscotta, ME
1996 - 2005      Roundtop Center for the Arts member’s show, Damariscotta, ME

                                        INVITATIONAL  ART AUCTIONS 

2010, 11           Maine College of Art Auction, Portland, ME
2002 - 2013      CMCA Art Makes a Difference Invitational, Rockport, ME
2002 - 2006      L/A Annual Invitational Arts Auction, Lewiston, ME

                                                 PUBLICATIONS

2010              Maine Home + Design, the Art Issue
2006              Carina Fellows 1989 – 2005 Catalog
2005              Portland Museum of Art Biennial Catalog
2004              The Art of Monhegan Island, Down East Books, pp66

                                                  RESIDENCIES

2007-’09, 11-13(Winters) Self-Residency, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
2006             Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Ireland
2005, 2010     Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency, Taos, NM                                                                     2002             Carina House Residency, Monhegan Is, ME, August

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

I paint to evoke the passage of time, the movement of light, the joys and insights of the shifting relationships of the spaces that I see. My studies of the world around me began as quite literal landscapes, but as I have developed my conceptual techniques, I have expanded my horizons to wider range of subject matter.

I paint in oils on canvas in my studio. I also work outside directly from nature in oil stick on 140 lb watercolor paper. In addition to working in the endless variety of the Maine landscape, I have had the opportunity to document landscapes in New Mexico, Ireland and Nova Scotia.

Walking has a huge impact on my life. I have built a 1/2 mile long public installation, a labyrinth in my hay field, to share my experience. (see Creating a Labyrinth: an Artist's Path)

 

CREATING  A  LABYRINTH:  AN ARTIST'S PATH

Since 1985, artist Carol Sloane has been walking daily on "The Loop', a circular path that takes in her land and several local gravel roads near her home in the town of Washington, Maine.  Walking and seeing and thinking, she began to record this ritual on paper, on canvas and even in a long horizontal moving scroll.  Her study of Time, Light and Pathways has evolved over the years through changing landscapes of Maine woods and islands to New Mexico's Rio Grande canyons and hills.

It's not surprising that these investigations led to the labyrinth.  As an ancient meditation tool, the labyrinth has been around for at least 4000 years .  Labyrinths define a sacred pathway to the center and back out again.

In New Mexico last spring, Carol began a series of pathway and maze paintings, exploring their abstract patterns in colors, as if mapped from above.

This summer, she took a different set of tools to work: handsaw, clippers and a push mower.  In the middle of a 12 acre hayfield near her studio, Carol chose the site for her Labyrinth: a wooded knoll of pines and alder saplings.  And with characteristic energy and determination, she continued, over the next 2 ½ months to create interweaving circular paths.  Defining the center by measuring two intersecting diameters of the area, she then made concentric paths by clearing brush and some saplings and banking the paths' sides with branches and small logs.  Then, in an intricate process, she broke and joined the circles at regular points.  As the artist described her work on the labyrinth, It put in mind the weaver's work where a line of thread is stopped, joined, repeated ; and Carol's artistic history has included work with fabrics.

At four regular points, the labyrinth extends into the meadow itself and then returns into the woods. In places along the paths, little saplings line the way or appear in the middle of a section.  No part of the paths is the same, as the viewpoint through the tall pine verticals to the sunlit meadow beyond constantly shifts.

There are many kinds of labyrinths, some of stone or banked earth, some of planted hedges, some within buildings such as cathedrals, where paving mosaics define the path for prayer and meditation.  Carol Sloane's Washington Labyrinth combines an ancient tradition with a very contemporary trend of environmental and installation art.  It offers a puzzlement, a beautiful walk, an outing for fun, or a space for meditation.

In fact, this is the second labyrinth to appear in the town of Washington.  Liberty Graphics designer Bob Richardson and his wife Susan made one in their hayfield earlier in the year.

Carol Sloane's Washington labyrinth is located on Old Union Road about ¾ mile beyond Washington Village.  There is a sign on the right indicating a parking area, and two large banners mark the entrance to the labyrinth, where you'll find a box with maps.  In hunting season, be aware that the Labyrinth is open only on Sundays.  When the snows come, Carol intends to create snowshoe trails.  She invites all to come and experience a walk through the Labyrinth.  And don't forget to write in the Guest Book; it's at the beginning (and end) of the trail.

This variation of the medieval Christian labyrinth design is a plan of the maze known as Robin Hood's Race at Sneinton, near Nottingham, England, which was plowed up in 1797. Several ancient turf labyrinths were named after the popular hero Robin Hood, alluding perhaps to his reputation for rushing into Sherwood Forrest and thus evading capture by the Sheriff of Nottingham. Sadly, none of the turf mazes bearing his name have survived.

There are no junctions or choices to be made, yet you will find that the twists and turns of the single path are remarkably compelling to follow, whether walking, running or on paper. The plan of this maze also bears similarities to that in Chartres Cathedral, France, though with the addition of bastions.  It is thought that at some time it was miscut, creating this irregular pattern.