Making and sharing art
The Green Lion started in 2015 as part of artist/owner David Morgan’s studio in Bath, Maine. He began by inviting a few artists to share the space and show their work. That winter was very quiet. Eventually, though, word began to spread, and in the autumn of 2016 the gallery moved to its current location on Front Street, with many more artists and a wide variety of work. We showcase the art of Maine and New England, and we also offer a variety of high-quality, unique art from around the world including a small but growing collection of historic and consigned work from the 18th century onward.
The gallery now represents an evolving roster of artists from two continents, with a continuing (but not exclusive) focus on printmakers. We house hundreds of prints, as well as an expanding collection of one-of-a-kind works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, and assemblages - and we are still a working print studio.
Each fine art print in the gallery is individually created by the artist - they are not mechanical, digital, or mass-produced reproductions. Our print collection includes many wood and linoleum-cut prints, as well as etchings, drypoints, engravings, lithographs, collagraphs, monoprints, and individually-crafted photographs. We celebrate the creative alchemy of the printmaking process, and appreciate the affordability and accessibility of handmade prints as an art form.
The gallery is open year round, with frequent new shows, ongoing workshops, open studio days, and community events.
GREEN LION STAFF
David Morgan founded the Green Lion in 2015, along with his print studio, the Merrymeeting Press.
My creative journey, like my approach to printmaking, has had some curious transmutations. It began with photography in the 1970s, when it was still done with silver and light (but in the dark). It’s gone on to include sifting through earth and time as an archaeologist; many years of working with wood in all its forms, from house framing to hand-carved furniture; and then working with living trees and ecosystems as a practitioner of ecological restoration. Now it’s circled back to visual art, still with a connection to wood - and trees - through woodcut printmaking. It’s also come to include making other artists’ work available to the community, in Bath, and wherever our visitors may come from
Siri Beckman is a talented wood engraver, and is here on Thursdays.
I was born in the Chicago area, and we lived north of the city in what was still “country”. This was a formative time and place for me as I began my outdoor explorations of nature, often on horseback.
Though I worked as a graphic artist, it was not until 1975 when I moved to Maine that I began thinking of myself as an artist. My father, along with books and art galleries, were some of my earliest teachers, but the person who was the single biggest inspiration to me was a painter from Montreal named Bruce Le Dain. Coming from a similar tradition of graphic arts, he had made the leap to supporting himself and his family through painting.
Printmaking was largely unknown to me until I discovered wood engraving quite by accident in a private library. Thus began the many years of teaching myself the skills needed to cut hard wood with fine engravers. At age 49 I decided to pursue a MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I moved to Bath in the winter of 2017-18, after many years in Stonington on Deer Isle.
Sophia Cuff has been working at the Green Lion since Summer 2018, coordinating multiple art openings and constructing our website.
I’ve been a self-taught artist since the age of 7, focusing mainly on portraits and figure studies, but recently I’ve broadened my horizons and become interested in animals, insects, inner anatomy, and neo-traditional tattoo design. I’m interested in many mediums, but mostly stick to graphite and ink. It’s simple, it’s familiar, and it’s so very versatile, once you get to know it.
Here at the Green Lion, I do a little bit of everything. Website work, coordinating art shows, communicating with our artists, and sales. I’m here manning the Gallery on Fridays and Saturdays, and you can usually find me at any opening or Art Walk we have. I really love this kind of work; it’s introduced me to tons of successful, wise artists and exposed me to mediums I knew nothing about.
I’ll be moving to Portland in Fall 2019 to be around tattoo culture and take some more rigorous art classes at Southern Maine Community College.
Logan Howard is an aspiring Illustrator, attending the Maine College of Art.
Ever since I was old enough to pick up a pencil, I’ve been drawing and painting. Originally painting and mindless doodling was just a hobby, but I began to become very serious at pursuing an art career my sophomore year in high school. Along with art, I have also always loved history. My family's many historical artifacts led me into a deep fascination of past relative’s lives. While entranced with their stories, and all the old legends that I remember hearing about as a young child coming back to me, I had a brilliant idea - with portraits and old sketches of my relatives in hand, I drew and painted them surrounded with their mythology and or life story.
I will be graduating from the Maine College of Art in 2022, with a Major in Illustration and a minor in art history.