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Finding Fine Art (www.findingfineart.tumblr.com) was created by visual artists for visual artists and art lovers alike.

The blog is co-managed by Jessica Torrant (who I went to junior high and high school with) and Sarah John Afana from the west coast.

They have started a movement called “Fine Art Friday”, which is a weekly promotion of Fine Art on Twitter, Tumblr, Etsy and Flickr. The idea is that one day a week people should show their love of art by sharing their favorite work through social media websites. Today, November 5, 2010 is the first official Fine Art Friday.

In honor of that, I would like to feature a local artist named Catherine Breer. She is a mother of two who lives in Freeport, Maine.

From Catherine’s website, www.catherinebreer.com, she paints “landscapes of Maine and New England, abstracts of intricate floral patterns, and 3-dimensional works in whimsical shapes and designs with a bold and vivid palette which is the hallmark of her style.” Catherine’s work has been exhibited in galleries and homes around the world.

The image I am featuring is called “Peaks Castle” and it is available for purchase through her website.

Gouache on Paper
22″ X 30″ image, 30″ X 40″ framed

I know Catherine from when I used to work at a non-profit. She and her business partner, Annie Darling, do a lot to give back to the community. If you would like to purchase prints, cards or calendars please visit the Annie Catherine website at www.anniecatherine.com.

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Image representing Etsy as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

I found a website that is great for buying or selling hand-made items. It is called Etsy.com. Under “Ways to Shop” you can select “Shop Local”. I found lots of great sellers under “Portland, Maine”, “Southern Maine”, and “Maine”. I especially like the items under the category “children”. I am about to order an adorable bib, burp cloth and bodysuit set to give as a baby shower gift. Once you have registered for the site, whenever you find a seller or an item that you really like you can add them to your favorites. That way you can find them again easily the next time you log in. Through this site I actually reconnected with someone I know from high school. Her name is Jessica Torrant and one of her beautiful paintings was a featured item on the Etsy homepage.

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