April 2024

My dearest friends and art lovers,

Welcome to the April Cafe des Artistes! 

As we prepare for the 2024 season, it’s good to know the economy is firing on all eight cylinders and breaking all records. “Cha-ching” is the sound we like to hear for art sales. I hope the sound is heard across our wonderful State of Maine all summer.

I promised Cafe readers a sneak peek of our 2024 Cover. The painter Beatrice Van Ness was born in 1888, She grew up in Hyde Park and entered the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1905 where she studied with Frank Weston Benson, Bela Lyon Pratt, Philip Hale, and Edmund Charles Tarbell, among others. The cover painting, “Summer Sunlight” (1936), depicts an intimate, domestic scene that most likely occurred in her life at her island home in Bartlett Harbor in North Haven, Maine, when they spent the summer there.

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