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Belfast artist holds rolling open studio

Christmas Morning on the Road to Freedom is one of Lewis Cisle's large, evocative paintings.

Belfast Creative Coalition and member Lewis Cisle are celebrating his sixtieth year as a professional artist.

Cisle is having a rolling open house in his Belfast studio during the holidays inviting the public to his loft studio on High Street in Belfast, near Waterfall Arts.

“I have nearly 200 large and small paintings in my studio,” Cisle acknowledges, “and I love them all as if they were my children but, like rescue animals, they need their forever home and I need room for paintings from my next 60 years.”

Both an award-winning artist and passionate about rescue animals, who are often his subjects, Cisle will donate a portion of each painting sale before the new years to Peace Ridge Animal Sanctuary animal shelter in Brooks, Maine.

Cisle’s tidy but packed studio is in the loft of the handsome brick building that was once a nursing college and stands on an embankment in front of where the old hospital once stood about one hundred years ago but is now marked only by the chimney stack. His paintings grace the hallways throughout the second floor that becomes a mini viewing gallery. Each painting is hand framed in a contemporary minimalist style.

Cisle is a graduate from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the Miami University of Ohio, and the Tyler School of Art Temple University. He has taught at Hollins University, the North Carolina School for the Arts, and West Clermont School District Cincinnati, Ohio.

Studio visits are by appointment only Lewis’s studio and the gallery is located at 243 High St. Belfast, Maine. The contact number is 207 505 5995.