Lynne Drexler Exhibit at Munjoy Hill’s Moss Galleries Draws Interest from Collectors


“Sea Sky Merger”, is the Favorite in the Current Drexler Exhibit of Artist Mary Brooking, Who was Visiting the Show at Moss This Afternoon.

“Purple Trees Silhouette,” by Drexler in the Moss Galleries  Show was Painted in 1994.

“Autumn Splurge,” by Lynne Drexler, Painted in 1989, Part of the Art Show at Moss Galleries, 100 Fore Street.

The current Lynne Drexler exhibit at the Moss Galleries on Munjoy Hill, is an effort to display paintings from as many periods of her life as possible. This exhibit provides an opportunity for viewers to see how her art evolved over the years – and it did.  Drexler’s paintings are admired for their color and composition.

This exhibit runs from 1958 up to just before her death in 1999 – on Monhegan Island – in her adopted home – the state of Maine.

The show began on Friday, August 4, 2023 and runs until Saturday, September 23, 2023.  It’s at 100 Fore Street, in the WEX Building.

Born in Virginia, Drexler moved to New York City to pursue her career in abstract expressionism .  It was there that she met her future husband painter John Hultberg.   They were married in 1962.  After spending summers on Monhegan, the couple purchased a home there in 1971. It was seen as a refuge from their stressfl lives in New York City.  Hultberg had a drinking problem and Drexler developed a serious  eye sight problem that it was hoped rural life would ease.  But Hultberg ended up returning to New York City in the end when the couple separated.

The value of the paintings in the show runs from $70,000. to $700,000.  The show has drawn interest by collectors who want to add valuable art work to their collections.  Interest has come from larger gallieries as well because of Drexler’s reputation as a prominent abstract expressionist artist. Most of the paintings in the current show are for sale, although not all of them.  And many of them are from private collections.

Painter Mary Brooking, visited the Drexler exhibit this afternoon because she has been inspired by the paintings of Lynne Drexler.  Long-time landscape artist and studio instructor, she is making her own career course correction she said this afternoon.  “I’m  diving into the pool of abstract expressionists.  It’s something that just happened.  It’s time,” she said.  Brooking has a BA from the Hiram College of Fine Arts in Ohio. An admirer of Drexler’s work, she said that once an established artist dies, there won’t be any more.  It’s a finite commodity, increasing the value.”  She also admires the art work of Mark Rothko and Wolf Kahn, recently deceased.

For more information, please call 207 781-2820.  MOSS Galleries, 100 Fore Street, is closed on Sunday and Monday. An excellent resource on the Life of Lynne Drexler was printed in 2008  by the Monhegan Museum.  It’s titled:  “Lynne Drexler – Painter.”

For more background information on Lynne Drexler and the shows at Moss Galleries, 100 Fore Street, on Munjoy Hill, please visit posts herein dated September 14, 2021 and July 29, 2023.