Molly Mains, an artist and educator, feels more at home in Maine than in her native state of New York. She graduated from Colby College and later, the University of Southern Maine, and has remained in the state to inspire middle school artists for 36 years. In 2011 she received the honor of Maine Art Educator of the Year by the Maine Art Education Association.
During her teaching career Molly has participated in numerous courses and workshops concentrating on printmaking, book arts and pastels. Printing is her love. Due to the varied steps required in all forms of printmaking and the unpredictability of the art form, excitement accompanies the entire process. Using her locale as inspiration — the Lakes Region of Maine — Molly immerses herself in the natural world of windblown fields framed with rock walls, evergreened forests, clear blue lakes and distant mountains.
Because she sells her artwork in a "vacationland," Molly's creations are now found in many homes in the greater New England area. Gallery 302 in Bridgton, Maine carries her work. Her art has also been exhibited at Deertrees Theater and Cultural Center, the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, the University of Maine in both Augusta and Portland, the Main Street Gallery in Norway, and in many other venues in the state.
Molly lives in Bridgton, Maine with her husband and devotes herself full time to painting and printing.