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  • About Audrey Bechler


    “Artistic Statements” The wonderful thing about years of painting is the knowledge I’ve accumulated and the ability to express myself in new and exciting ways. I am established, but forever growing.
    There is consistency in the way I work that unifies the diversity of my paintings. I always think in terms of color, shape and value. My paintings are well composed and expressive, whether the subject is, leaves of a cabbage, the walls of a room, or the shapes of an abstract painting. My diversity tells you I am open to seeing all ways; that I am inspired by many things, and that I enjoy life, and express that joy in my work. Each painting is a challenge as the learning process never ends.
    I am glad to be an artist. I live in a beautiful, quiet place; a place that suits my personality, and stimulates my creative nature. Through my eyes, I have been able to observe nature, to marvel at its’ creation to see color and beauty in all things. To observe man, interact with man. To see the genius of man as a creator himself, to see the love, joy, hate and sorrow that man can express.
    My goal in life is to be happy, and I am happy because I have done what I like to do. I am a professional artist; I’ve spent my life becoming a better painter, and I have made my living selling art, which is one of the reasons for this site. I believe art should be beautiful and express the joy of life.
    “Paintings are a joyful expression of creativity, spontaneous expressions that tell how one feels about something outside in the visible world or inside in the world of ideas and feelings.” – Audrey
    “In a world increasingly characterized by fragmentation of the spirit, where greed and power corrupt what is natural and sacred in our lives, the paintings of Audrey Bechler present simple gifts and serve as reminders that all is not lost; that what is natural and vibrant still lives within our beings. One is healed by the grace of her paintings. Audrey’s work shows you a world of harmony, a world that she is deeply connected to and appreciative of. Audrey Bechler is a sensitive, emotional, caring person, who adds quality of life to society. Her art is a reflection of her life.” – Jane Sleeper
    “Art is simply a result of expression during right feeling. It’s a result of a grip on the fundamentals of nature, the spirit of life, the constructive force, the secret of growth; a real understanding of the relative importance of thing, order, balance. Any material will do. After all, the object is not to make art, but to be in the wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri
    “All creativity is basically joyful. It is play in the highest sense of the term and it is always alive with motion. There is a power of growth and value fulfillment within each individual that must be satisfied.” – Seth
    • Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    • Tufts University, BS in Education, 1958
    • Traveling scholarship. Studied in Europe one year
    • Teaching Watercolor classes – 1969-Present
    • Art Institute of Boston, 1967-1968
    • Taught Art, Boston Public Schools, 1964-1966
    • Designed greeting cards for Rust Craft – 1960
    • Newburyport Art Association, 1968-Present
    • Roundtop Center for the Arts, 1990-Present
    • Saltwater Artists, 1996-Present
    • Maine Art Gallery, 1998-Present
    • New England Watercolor Society, 1981-1991
    • North Shore Art Association, 1973-1977
    • Rockport Art Association, 1975-1979

    Juried Shows:
    • Allied Artists, New York, NY
    • American Watercolor Society, New York, NY
    • Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA
    • Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME
    • North American Open Juried Show, Boston, MA
    • Newburyport Art Assoc., Newburyport, MA
    • Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME
    One Person Shows:
    • Newburyport Art Association - each year from 1968
    • Sea Studio Gallery, Tenants Harbor, ME, 2000-2002
    • Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA, 1998
    • Kristina’s Restaurant, Bath, ME, 1996
    • Marblehead Art Association, Marblehead, MA, 1996
    • Audrey Bechler’s Uptown Gallery, Waldoboro, ME, 1994-1995
    • Saint Botolph Restaurant, Boston, MA, 1995
    • Gallery at Le Va Tout, Waldoboro, ME, 1991
    • Roaring Lion Gallery, Waldoboro, ME, 1990
    • Gallery House, Nobleboro, ME, 1988
    • Jefferson St. Gallery, Waldoboro, ME, 1987
    • Art for America Gallery, Newcastle, ME, 1987
    • Huston Tuttle Gallery One, Rockland, ME, 1986
    • Schooner Gallery, Edgecomb, ME, 1985
    • Audrey’s Home Gallery, Waldoboro, ME, 2003-Present
    • Saltwater Artists’ Gallery, Pemaquid Point, ME, 1999-Present
    • Victorian Stable Gallery, Damariscotta, ME, 1998-Present

    • Gallery House, Nobleboro, ME, 1987
    • Francesca Needham Gallery, Damariscotta, ME, 1989-1992
    • Frost Gully Gallery, Portland, ME, 1988-2002
    • Good Hands Gallery, Camden, ME, 1992-1993
    • Gallery by Design, Rockland, ME, 1997-1998

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