Opening: October 18th @ 5PM
Show Run: October 18th – November 13th
Wren Pearson‘s first paint surface was a half-frozen trout that was unceremoniously slapped onto a white t-shirt at the urging of Georgetown artist, Julie Hoffman. That afternoon of making fish prints on a kitchen table began a creative adventure that approaches its third decade. Wren began Purple Perch Papers in the early nineties, a line of handmade papers and cards, after classes with papermakers Martha Blowen and Richard Lee. She transitioned into papier mache sculpture and painted folk art pieces, as well as collage jewelry from hand-painted papers under the name Bumblepuppy Folk Art. Bumblepuppy went on to include hand-painted t-shirts and small garden sculptures. Founding the ‘Circle of Friends’ holiday art fair in the Freeport/Pownal area, Wren spent 25 seasons inviting area artists and the public into her home studio to celebrate giving hand crafted gifts. After several years in Texas, Wren returned to Maine with a new color palette heavily influenced by the west and the strong colors of Mexican and Central American art. In Pownal, she has co-founded Fuego Diablo Arts Studio with her husband, composer/musician Jamie Pearson, where they have hosted Open Mic Music Nights, car boot sales, art shows and sales, and run a hot sauce business called Big Phil's Kitchen. Wren Pearson is an award-winning photographer and a writer when she runs low on paints and canvases.
“It‘s a frustrating thing, trying to create a painting that matches the one in your mind. I've yet to do it. But sometimes you get a glimpse at what's possible and you're happy in the small details. A shadow under a straw hat. A strand of hair. The color of a dog's eye. So you keep trying.”