Elizabeth Moss, owner of the fine art gallery of the same name in the Falmouth Shopping Center, has announced that she is opening her second art gallery. It will be in Portland and its to be located at 100 Fore Street in the WEX complex according to multiple sources with first hand knowledge of her plans. Moss is out-of-town and currently unavailable according to an employee.
It is anticipated that the new gallery on Munjoy Hill will open the end of August or beginning of September 2021. It is 1,100 sq. ft. in size. That’s 700 sq. ft. smaller than her Falmouth gallery.
The late painter Will Barnet, (1911 – 2012) has several of his works for sale at the Moss Gallery, Route 1 in the Falmouth Shopping Center, Falmouth. Barnet, who died in 2012, at 101 years old, resided in New York City. But he spent enough time on the coast of Maine to be inspired by it and that is reflected in some of his paintings.
According to his obituary in “The New York Times” on November 13, 2012, written by Ken Johnson, his paintings were “elegantly stylized portraits classically composed visions of beautiful women and children.” He is considered a titan by many in the field of painting.
The same article goes on to say that during the Depression, he responded to the struggles of ordinary people. He went on to work in graphic arts for the Depression-era Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project. His father immigrated from Russia and his mother from Eastern Europe. He had three sons from a first marriage. His daughter, from a second marriage, opened a small business in the mid-coast area according to the same article.
Some businesses have fared okay during the pandemic. Many employees are working remotely from home. This has motivated many to redecorate their home offices in a style of their choice. This factor may have played a role in the ability of Elizabeth Moss to expand her fine art gallery to Portland.