“Spring” Stays through Summer in The 317 Main Gallery Artist Jodi Edwards’ work will remain on display through August

YARMOUTH, MAINE ­ ­ 317 Main Community Music Center is pleased to announce that abstract painter Jodi Edwards’ will extend her current show in the 317 Main Gallery in Yarmouth, ME through August. Edwards’ show entitled Spring, features ­25 paintings done in vibrant hues evocative of summertime on the coast of Maine.

IMG_6428Edwards, who lives in York in the winter and Ellsworth in the summer, refers to herself as an “action” painter. The artist 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, who was a professional singer in her younger years, 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.

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.

Jodi is represented by the Portland Art Gallery, Gallery at the Grand, in Kennebunk, and Art Collector Maine. She was just featured in the July issue of Maine Home + Design.

The 317 Main Gallery hours is open Monday through Friday from 4­-6pm. Visitors are welcome to stop by  between 10­-4pm, but the gallery may be occupied by music students or campers. 40% of proceeds from Edwards’ show will be donated to 317 Main Community Music Center.

Contact: Linda Horstmann, 317 Main Gallery Manager Office: 207.846.7967 Cell: 207.347.9051