Newry Artist and 82-year old Inspiration to be Honored at 24th Annual Bethel Art Fair | Arts & Culture

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Newry Artist and 82-year old Inspiration to be Honored at 24th Annual Bethel Art Fair
Newry Artist and 82-year old Inspiration to be Honored at 24th Annual Bethel Art Fair
Jo Baker’s studio in her Newry farm house is filled with the aroma of arts supplies where dozens of work in water color and pastels line the walls and shelves. For 40 years her work has been a Bethel favorite, especially her scenes of the ski resorts. An exhibit of her work will open at the Owen Gallery on Gould Academy Campus on July 5 with a reception from 5-8PM. The exhibit will remain open for the Bethel Art Fair July 6 from 9 AM to 4 PM.BETHEL – Jo Baker has spent thousands of brush strokes capturing the essence of the mountains surrounding her Newry farmhouse. Her images of ski trails on forested hills are a favorite for most. It is for the deep impact of her work on many lives of people here that Ms. Baker was chosen by the Mahoosuc Arts Council as the 24th Annual Bethel Art Fair Artist of Honor.An exhibit of her work will open at the Owen Gallery on Gould Academy Campus on July 5 with a reception from 5-8PM during an art walk on High Street with the 9th Shy, Novice & Closeted Soiree on the opposite end. Baker’s exhibit will remain open for the Bethel Art Fair July 6 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Her painting of a skier in a blizzard is also the featured poster art for the Art Fair.Baker has spent the past 40 years studying art, judging arts competitions and developing her own technique in watercolors, oils and most recently pastels. she began her journey in the arts in her 50’s when she began taking pen & ink classes at the WYCA. She went on to study fine art with Hungarian Fine Arts Professor Lajos Matolcsy in 1960-1980s which included the study of still life and going into the field for plein air work in both Maine and Florida. She became a founding member of the Western Maine Art Group, the Norway Arts Festival and the Bethel Art Fair.  

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