On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Thos. Moser’s flagship showroom in Freeport, Maine hosted the Grand Opening event for it’s summer alternative gallery program, “The Best of Maine Contemporary Art.” The exhibit, which runs through October 12, 2015, is in collaboration with Maine Art Collectors (MAC). Tom Moser, founder and owner of Thos. Moser, with wife Mary celebrated the launch of this year’s show alongside Kevin Tierney, President of MAC, and wife Cris.
More than 100 guests perused an impressive presentation of museum-quality pieces and were able to speak with several of the exhibit’s featured artists including Joel Babb, Eric Hopkins, Thomas Crotty and Marguerite Robichaux. Additional attending artists included Missy Asen, Louise Bourne, Erin McGee Ferrell, Anne Ireland and John Knight.
Additional special guests included Joan Benoit Samuelson, 2014 Olympic Gold medalist for the women’s marathon, Anita Shreve, best-selling novelist, Rebecca Conrad, Director of Development at the Maine College of Art, and William Low, Curator for the Bates College Museum of Art.
”There is extreme interest in the museum and quality of art displayed this year,” says Laurie Perzley, Freeport Showroom’s Fine Art Director. “We’ve seen an increase in overall showroom traffic due in large part to the amazing works on display.”
Since the show’s opening several works of art have been purchased, including, “Stream in the Woods,” an oil on canvas by Neil Welliver and “Manana West #24,” a three-dimensional acrylic on masonite composition by William Manning.
This year’s works range from quintessential and abstract Maine landscapes, photo realism paintings of aerial views of Boston, and abstract expressionism mixed media compositions. Many paintings were exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art, and the University of New England Museum of Art. Price points range from $3,000 to $130,000 with the entire exhibit priced at more than $2 million.
The Thos. Moser Showroom is located at 149 Main Street, Freeport, Maine. Regular showroom hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Freeport Showroom at 207.865.4519.