Neal Hughes and Crista Pisano: Paintings Large or Small at Sylvan Gallery


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For the second consecutive year, the Sylvan Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of the extraordinary oil paintings of Neal Hughes and Crista Pisano, two renowned landscape painters recognized for their ability to capture the essence of their subject.

The exhibition opens on Monday August 1st. The Meet the Artists Reception will take place on Thursday, August 25 from 5-8 p.m., coinciding with the evening of the Wiscasset Art Walk. The exhibition continues until Sunday, September 4. At the same time, the gallery will also present works from its regular list of contemporary artists.

Hughes and Pisano’s ability to interpret nature and manifest what moves them on a stage has won them many accolades during their painting careers, and both have been shortlisted in numerous outdoor art competitions. the most prestigious in the country. The most noticeable difference regarding their work is that Hughes’ paintings can range from 8 x 10 to 30 x 30 inches or more, and Pisano is much more likely to work on near-miniature panels, some as small as 4 x 4. inches with longer panoramic views reaching 2.5 x 12 inches for example.

Coastal subjects and sailing ships inspire much of Hughes’ work in the exhibition, although he is at home painting a wide variety of subjects including historic New England architecture, fields and woodland streams.

Hughes is a former illustrator and has been painting professionally for over 30 years. The recipient of numerous awards, Hughes is an elected member of the American Society of Marine Artists and a member of Oil Painters of America.

Where some artists use small paintings to create quick impressions of a scene and eventually refer to them when planning larger compositions in the studio, Pisano’s small paintings are final works of art and have the visual impact and convey as much information as one could find. in a bigger table. Maine’s coastal views inspire many of his paintings in the exhibit.

“I am naturally drawn to the subject as far as the eye can see, and I particularly enjoy observing and painting the calm of where the sky meets the water versus the chaos of the rocky coast of Maine,” he said. she stated.

While in Maine, Pisano still spends a lot of time at Pemaquid Point and finds Maine’s quintessential seascape and rock patterns fascinating. “Pemaquid Patterns”, at 5.25 x 3.25 inches, is a vertical painting where rocks predominate, but Pisano’s manipulation of the sky with the rapidly moving clouds draws attention and the viewer can imagine themselves stand there with her, whipped by the wind.

Pisano’s education in oil painting began at age 14 when she began studying with John Phillip Osbourne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ. She studied painting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, earning a BFA in 2000, and in 2003 received an MFA in Fine Art Painting from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art.

A selection of works by other contemporary gallery artists will also be on display, including Peter Layne Arguimbau, Joann Ballinger, Al Barker, Paul Batch, Angelo Franco Jr., Susannah Haney, Heather Gibson-Lusk, Stan Moeller, Robert Noreika, Ann Scanlan, Polly Seip, Laura Winslow and Shirley Cean Youngs. Works from the estate of the late artist Charles Kolnik will also be on display.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at 882-8290 or visit Also find Sylvan Gallery on Instagram and Facebook. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main and Water streets, next to Red’s Eats.


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