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Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: June 27, 2016

Boothbay Harbor gallery highlights the mystery of Monhegan and one important friendship

Written by: Bob Keyes
Lynne Seitzer, "Listening to the Sounds that Cannot Be Seen" Photos courtesy of Studio 53 Fine Art

Lynne Seitzer, “Listening to the Sounds that Cannot Be Seen” Photos courtesy of Studio 53 Fine Art

When she met the artist Elena Jahn on Monhegan Island in 1999, Lynne Seitzer knew she had connected with someone special. They shared time together and became friends, and Jahn inspired Seitzer to paint passionately. “Here was an artist whose warmth infused every piece of artwork she created,” Seitzer said.

Jahn died in Brunswick in fall 2014 at age 76. Beginning this week, Studio 53 Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor shows the work of Seitzer and Jahn together in an exhibition titled “Myth, Memory & Monhegan.” There’s an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and the exhibition is on view through July 31.

Seitzer got the idea for the show sifting through life-drawing sketches. She used thick layers of oil paint to birth strong figures in repose and set them in imaginary settings inspired by the meadows, pathways and Cathedral Woods of Monhegan, creating a story and ongoing dialogue among the dozen or so paintings.

Elena Jahn, "Red Rocks, Monhegan"

Elena Jahn, “Red Rocks, Monhegan”

Although Seitzer painted on Monhegan only occasionally, she would see Jahn often, because she got the boat to the island from Boothbay Harbor, where Seitzer is based, and they visited on the mainland.

To honor her friend, Seitzer worked with Jahn’s daughter, Lisa Jahn-Clough, to pair her painting with Jahn’s, who also created mythical Monhegan landscapes. She thought the two bodies of work provided a nice juxtaposition.

“I feel so honored to show my work with Elena’s work,” she said on Monday, as she hung the show.

Some of Jahn’s paintings date to the 1950s. This is the second exhibition of her work in two years. Last year, the Heron Point Gallery in Portland showed her work.


WHAT: “Myth, Memory & Monhegan” – Paintings by Lynne Seitzer and Elena Jahn
WHERE: Studio 53 Fine Art, 53 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor
WHEN: On view through July 31; opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
MORE INFO: 633-2755 or

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