By Megan Deveau
The Barn at Snug Harbor Farm feels like my parents’ kitchen the night before Thanksgiving – there’s the energy, the expectation of a party. Snug is playing host to the remarkable talent of Beth Rundquist and we are set to do her justice.
Beth Rundquist is a portrait painter and fine artist who lives and works in New York City. After receiving her BA from Smith College, she went on to the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. At Snug Harbor Farm, we focused on curating a series of her still life prints and landscapes. Not only did her luscious floral prints speak to our passion for flowers and texture, but her landscape paintings of Mother’s Beach and Main Street Monhegan Island reflect the beauty of Maine from her canvas. Her soft, Sargent-esque brush strokes up against the hard lines created by her palate knife in her landscapes impart the dual natures of her subjects; while Mother’s Beach is the perfect place for families in Kennebunk, there is riptide and the high clouds that resemble cotton candy and may carry thunder too. Her work is juicy, vivacious, and real.
Beth worked closely with our Creative Director, Stephanie Pilk, all afternoon prepping for the opening. Great care was put into all the details. Hours were devoted to hanging the framed art just so, dusting the walls (no small feat in a working barn), and labeling each and every piece. Beck played from portable speakers as we arranged flowers and cleaned the tables one last time. The final touches were charcuterie and bubbly.
And what a feat it was! Every moment brought new people through the doors. Some were old friends and supportive family; others were avid followers of Beth’s work. Even a sweaty pair of cyclists passing by stopped to see what the fuss was about. Whether standing side-by-side admiring Beth’s work or debating lime Rickey over Prosecco, it felt like the best that summer in Maine offers. We were saturated in what affirms the good life.