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Robert pollien

Landscape painter Robert Pollien earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania under the noted artist Neil Welliver and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. 

In addition to teaching drawing and painting to students and working artists at ArtWaves on Mt. Desert Island, Rob has taught at the University of Southern Maine and at The Maine Maritime Academy.  His teaching style resonates with the serious student who appreciates his emphasis on the development of strong fundamental skills and clarity through critique and discussion.

Rob has been an artist-in-residence at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, the Carina House on Monhegan Island and was the first person to hold the position of Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park. He has been awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in painting.

His work was included in David Little and Carl Little’s “Art of Acadia”, as well as the book “Art of the Maine Islands” by Arnold Skolnick and Carl Little.  His paintings are based on meditative observation of the natural world, combined with the subtle disquiet of our contemporary alienation from nature.

Rob’s paintings are featured in numerous corporate, public, and private collections. He is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, the Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine and Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine.


france hilbert

Hilbert’s major work consists of sculpture for public space. As a classically trained artist, she also receives regular commission work in painting and drawing.  

Her artistic education began at the age of seven, when she was taught by her grandfather, the late artist, Jaro Hilbert. From him, she received a thorough education in the classical tradition.  She continued her formal studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, France, at The Academy of Art of The Newington Cropsey Foundation, Hastings on Hudson, NY and at The Art Students League of New York. She was awarded an Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant from the Art Students League of New York in 2002.  

Of her many public and private commissions, some are permanent installations. “Talma”, a 7-foot bronze sculpture is installed in the public square of the Theatre of the Valley of L’Yerres, in Brunoy, France. A pair of 4-foot bronze relief sculptures entitled ”The Calling” is installed at the Georgetown University Medical School building in Washington DC. Her work is currently represented by Galerie Vallois, Paris, France and Clover’s Fine Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.  

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nicole desimone

Nicole DeSimone has earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania and has studied painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the Atlanta College of Art.  She primarly works in oil, focusing on landscape and figurative subject matter.