Work by David Vosburgh.

MOTHERS Art Gallery will present two exhibitions this month, “Double Dutch” and “Big Mac,” with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. July 9 at 19 Church Hill Circle, Columbia Falls.


One exhibition is the solo show “Double Dutch,” which features the landscapes of David Vosburgh, from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Whitney Vosburgh, co-founder of MOTHERS, serendipitously discovered David Vosburgh and his oil paintings on Instagram last summer. Over time, they learned that they directly descended from the very first Vosburgh, Abraham Pietersen Vosburgh, who in 1649 emigrated from Holland to the Hudson River Valley. David and Whitney not only share a surname but also a love of the landscapes of Maine, Hudson River Valley and New England, as well as coming from artistic families and having the same birthday. And on top of that, Whitney’s mother is Dutch … hence the exhibition title, “Double Dutch.”

A member of several art societies in the Northeast, David is an elected artist member of the American Artist’s Professional League. His painting “Berkshire Nocturne: Lime Kiln Road” was awarded the Hudson Valley Art Association’s prize for landscape at the AAPL’s 93rd Grand National exhibition at the Salmagundi in the fall of 2021. He also exhibits as an Associate Member of the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut, an organization that was important in the early days of the American Impressionist movement, as well as the Rockport Art Association on Cape Ann and the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vermont.

David lives in an area that is undergoing rapid change and development. Having lived in Western Massachusetts for his entire life, he has seen it go from quiet and rural to busy and developed. He and his ancestors have lived in that area for well over 300 years. Through his jewel-like oil landscapes, David seeks to capture the essence of the many special places he has grown to love over the years, and to share their magic with others. “I hope that viewers will see the extraordinary in the ordinary,” he says.


The other simultaneous exhibition is the group show “Big MAC,” which features four emerging artists who are members of the Machias Arts Council (MAC). They are Paul Lilley, Lana Quann, Sharon Mack and Becky Lee. This exhibition is part of an ongoing effort by the gallery to promote local artists. Paul Lilley, mosaic artist and MAC member, said “I’m thrilled to be displaying at MOTHERS Art Gallery. This will be my first gallery showing in Maine since moving Downeast last fall. It’s great that they support local artists and are providing this opportunity for me to introduce my art to the area.”

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