The magic of ships inspires in the story of the photograph, Sails, by Ramona du Houx

Sails

Sails

With Sails I wanted to express how it feels to ride the wind.

On a bright day, last summer, I went to the Rockland Parade of Sails, to attempt to translate, with my art, the magic windjammers under full sail transmit. Walking towards the water’s edge I was immediately struck by that sense of awe as a schooner caught the wind and effortlessly sped by. Even though, on the shore all the ships were over a mile in the the distance a rush went through my being at the sight. Frantically, I switched my lens to a 85 – 200mm zoom, doing so my mind helped to calm me, telling me, “Don’t worry the show has just began, they’ll be doing this for sometime.”

Taking some deep breaths I noticed I wasn’t the only one under the mystic spell of the ships. A girl with a dragon tattoo just stared at them with her mouth open. Finally, she uttered,”radical.” An elderly couple squeezed their hands tighter as they both gazed out to sea and I wondered what timeless connection with these great vessels they both might be thinking about. A boy around ten years old tugged at this mother’s sleeve exploring her to get closer. She too was transfixed on the ships. I took my cue from the excited youth and started my trek on the stone causeway that led to a lighthouse a mile out in the harbor, where we all could get a better view. Continue reading

Sun Journal reports on Tokyo and Portland du Houx exhibits

Maine artist concurrently exhibiting in Tokyo and Portland The article from the Sun Journal, Thursday, May 8, 2014

Transformation Flight

Transformation Flight

PORTLAND — Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, is concurrently exhibiting Maine photos in Tokyo, Japan from May 7-19 and at the Constellation Gallery, in Portland for the month of May.

A sloop, “Maine Sails,” photographed by du Houx off Belfast, merges into its surroundings showing how it’s geometry is reflected in nature. Du Houx’s photographic fine art in the exhibit tells the story of a bird who transforms as the avian experiences the seasons.

“Modern society plugs us into the Internet and that can open doors but sometimes too much of being Internet connected disconnects us from the mysteries of the natural world that can be transformational. I want to show how nature’s interconnectedness can lead us to discoveries about our world and ourselves,” said du Houx. Continue reading

Ramona du Houx’s photography reflects American independent spirit in Maine Artist Collective exhibit

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America is a forever-changing nation always on the move, The new Maine Artists Collective exhibit reflects this independent spirit July 4th, 2014 – The full article in Maine Insights by Morgan Rogers

The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artists Collective, is pleased to announce their Movement exhibit for July. America is a forever-changing nation– always on the move, this exhibit reflects our independent spirit. The exhibit will have works from 11 different artists on display, with their creations to marvel at, to contemplate, and to sense the world of movement in.

The Constellation Gallery has brought together unique visions of movement, which represents the diversity of the artists and their various mediums. Continue reading

Local Central Maine artists: Ramona du Houx, Paul-Hebda, Reed, Wheeler and Caron exhibit at The Framemakers, downtown Waterville

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Photos by Ramona du Houx at the Framemakers on Main Street downtown, Waterville, Maine.
Exhibits at The Framemakers helps grow Waterville as Art Destination
BY MORGAN ROGERS of Maine Insights

The inside gallery at the Framemakers, 46 Main Street, downtown Waterville, features the artwork of Daniel Cake, Scott Reed, Ramona du Houx, Dorene Paul-Hebda, Lisa Wheeler, and Neal Caron until July 13th. In watercolor like landscapes, portraits, gardens with pastel flowers, and animals and birds displaying their secrets these works by local artists captivate and inspire. The artists’ work reflects central Maine.

Daniel Cake does acrylics, watercolor, and scratchboard. Ramona Du Houx creates fine art photography that looks like paintings. Neal Caron crates images with graphite, color pencil. Dorene Hebda is a watercolor artist. Scott Reed works with pen and ink. And Lisa Wheeler is a printmaker. Continue reading

Sun Journal reports on Ramona du Houx’s exhibits in Tokyo and Portland

The following article appeared in the Sun Journal, Thursday, May 8, 2014:

Maine artist concurrently exhibiting in Tokyo, Portland

Headline in the Sun Journal about the exhibits in Tokyo and Portland

Headline in the Sun Journal about the exhibits in Tokyo and Portland

PORTLAND — Maine artist, Ramona du Houx, is concurrently exhibiting Maine photos in Tokyo, Japan from May 7-19 and at the Constellation Gallery, in Portland for the month of May.

Du Houx’s photographic fine art in the exhibit tells the story of a bird who transforms as the avian experiences the seasons.

“Modern society plugs us into the Internet and that can open doors but sometimes too much of being Internet connected disconnects us from the mysteries of the natural world that can be transformational. I want to show how nature’s interconnectedness can lead us to discoveries about our world and ourselves,” said du Houx.

In du Houx’s story a bird first sees Lupine’s Dance in spring and wants to uncover more about nature’s mysteries. The young bird awakens to nature’s energy more in the summer, shown in the photo Wake Up. In fall the bird begins a Journey of discovery and in winter she realizes that all life is interconnected, depicted in Snow Dance. Finally, the bird transforms into energy in the photo Transformation Flight.

A sloop, "Maine Sails," photographed by du Houx off Belfast, merges into its surroundings showing how it’s geometry is reflected in nature.

A sloop, “Maine Sails,” photographed by du Houx off Belfast, merges into its surroundings showing how it’s geometry is reflected in nature.

“Throughout history scientists have observed nature to aid them with their inventions. From airplane designs to medicines nature’s inspiration has been the guide. We need to continue to observe nature and protect our natural world for all our futures,” said du Houx. Continue reading