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.
Artist 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"
Artist Logan Howard is the most recent addition to the Green Lion, joining in 2018. She 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 keeps many artifacts from my family’s past that I stumbled upon my sophomore year (which includes a family bible with several names jotted down all the way back to the dark ages), and these objects led me into a deep fascination of researching all the past relative’s lives I could. 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. I am an artist after all, so with portraits and old sketches of my relatives in hand, I drew and painted them surrounded with their mythology and or life story. So, thanks to my love for history, my art career has blossomed. I will be graduating from the Maine College of Art in 2022, with a Major in Illustration and a minor in drawing"
Artist Siri Beckman
"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.
My father, a commercial artist, and my mother, a copy writer, met in Chicago in the late 30’s. As a child I was considered to have artistic ability like my father. I attended a liberal arts college and majored in art history and biology with some thought of going into medical illustration. I also worked in my father’s studio. After graduating from Lake Forest College I married and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. On Saturdays and evenings I attended the Art Academy while working 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. He lived ART, working in the plein air tradition, and painting the maritime provinces and the coast of Maine.
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.
My process involves sketching from life and then creating a composition based on these drawings. Most of the detail is developed while I’m cutting the block. More recently I have returned to painting. This transition was nurtured by trips to the Southwest, a stark and subtle landscape so different from Maine, that seemed to inspire color.
I support myself with sales of art and commissions. I have taught at University of Maine, our community schools, Gould Academy and Haystack Mountain School of Craft."