Midcoast visual artist Jon Byrer. Submitted photo

The Camden Public Library is hosting mid-coast visual artist Jon Byrer for a show of his signature “Puddle Paintings” through Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Picker Room Gallery at 55 Main St.

The exhibit is an opportunity for the community to see a large collection of Byrer’s work and discover what makes his “liquid moments of thick, swirling paint” so special, according to a news release from the library.

The public is invited to meet Byrer at his artist’s reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the library.

Byrer’s technique for creating his artwork is unique — he doesn’t use brushes, and he never touches the canvas. “Puddle paintings are created by using a cup to pour numerous pools of enamel paint onto the canvas until the entire surface is covered in one glossy layer,” Byrer said. “As the puddle of paint dries, it develops a glass-like smoothness — freezing the marbled colors and lending a dream-like quality to the images.”

Byrer’s subjects run the gamut from landscapes to portraits to still life. “My goal is to reimagine how to create paintings of familiar scenes of Maine’s magic and capture the splendor of the everyday,” said Byrer.

Byrer graduated from the Maine College of Art, where he received a degree in photography and studied fine arts. Byrer creates oil paintings, experimental photography and watercolor illustrations.


More information can be found at jonbyrer.com. A portion of sales from Byrer’s art show will benefit the library.

For more information about the show, call 207-236-3440.


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