Jodi Edwards’ “Spring” opens May 12. Reception May 13.

SPRING is on display

May 12 – June 30

 317 Main Community Music Center is pleased to welcome abstract painter Jodi Edwards to the 317 Main Gallery.  Edwards’ new show entitled Spring, features 20­-25 paintings, done in vibrant hues that will immediately transport viewers to warmer times and places.

The artist,  who lives in York in the winter and Ellsworth in the summer, refers to herself as an “action” painter. Edwards says she often paints outside on the deck of the waterfront camp she shares with her husband and their two dogs.

The 317 Main Gallery features artists who have a strong personal connection to music. Edwards was a professional singer in her younger years and says music is almost as much a part of her process as the paint itself. “I am a conduit. The music is my muse, and somehow the paint flows through me easily and effortlessly,” she says. Her greatest influences have been Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Waits, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Loudon Wainwright III, Shawn Colvin and Martin Sexton. For this series, she says she was particularly drawn to the blues, Creedence Clearwater Revival and any recordings that made her want to get up and dance.

Edwards was educated at The New School For Social Research in New York City. She first discovered a love of painting while serving as a model for other artists, but put her paintbrushes aside for many years to work first as a singer and later as an ESL teacher. She took up painting again when she moved to Maine.

Edwards is represented by the Portland Art Gallery, Gallery at the Grand, in Kennebunk, and Art Collector Maine. The 317 Main Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. To view Edwards’ work at a different time, please call the front desk at 846­-9559.