Category Archives: Music

Deep Woods Artist


Monson, Maine. from “Maine on the Way,” by @northwoodsaerial

Roberta Jarvis‘ art mediums and ideas have varied over the years. Nothing unusual there. Lately, however, her experiments are more radical with a few new and exciting works. In a recent Thanksgiving trip to New England, I got together with her and husband Bob Jarvis. She and Bob have been living Monson, Maine (shown), pop. 686, deep in the Moosehead Lakes Region for about 20 years. Bob is a Bible teacher and former pastor of Cape Ann Bible Church, Gloucester, Massachusetts. He is currently preaching at Greenville Church of the Open Bible, Greenville, Maine.

Earlier work of trees (typical)

Roberta has served as pastor’s wife and music support at these churches, but is lately finding more time to experiment with her artwork which seems to have made a maturity leap over the past couple years. In particular, Roberta is using spatial techniques learned long ago from her art school days, specifically the use of fewer objects and incorporating more non-objective elements. This gives her art a greater sense of freedom and a bright, new color expression, breaking aways from darker views. Roberta is a BFA graduate of the Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts, and formally trained for six years in art history, drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration, realism, and non-objective art techniques.

Artimusi. How would you describe the artwork you do?
Roberta. If one needs a word—Expressionist Landscapes. Tree, branches and patterns, mainly because I live in the woods. Often familiar shapes—people, animals, food. 

Artimusi. What tools do you use in your art from concept to finish?
Roberta. Paint brush, canvas or wood, Masonite, paper, wool, ink, watercolor, casein, oils, and all the different mediums that go with these products. I may draw an idea for a painting on anything from an index card to a piece of Strathmore.

“Sides: Fresh-picked Fiddleheads with Salted Vinegar,” 20”x16,” Oil

A frame finishes the painting. I’ve learned to get any painting, that I’d hang in my own home, professionally framed. If I could afford a fancy frame, I’d get one. I’ve undersold many a painting because of cheap frames. It’s not worth it now. I’ve a lot of unfinished pieces and a lot on paper.

Artimusi. Who or what helped you the most to get to this point in your career?
Roberta. My son, Allan, daughter Rebecca, and husband, Bob. Their encouragement kept and still keeps me from giving up.

Artimusi. Where do you do your artwork?
Roberta. In my home studio. I typically use watercolors and inks in winter; in warmer weather, oils and/or acrylics.

“Sides: Pickled Fiddleheads,” 20”x16,” Oil

Artimusi. On average, do you create art daily, weekly, monthly?
Roberta. In my senior years, I create art daily. 

Artimusi. Do you sell your artwork?
Roberta. Yes.

Artimusi. How many pieces would you estimate have sold over the past five or ten years? 
Roberta. I’ve sold hundreds of artworks and have had repeat customers/clients. 

Early version “Sides: Pickled Fiddleheads,” 20”x16,” Oil.”

Artimusi. What is the highest-priced item sold?
Roberta. I sold a personal painting to renowned collector/author, Jerry Weist. The painting was mixed media on student-grade Strathmore paper, 22”x28,” framed for $1200.00. 

Artimusi. Do you use a website to display your work, such as  Zhibit, WordPress, or Facebook?
Roberta. Occasionally I will post a new work on Facebook. 

Artimusi. Are you a member of any art associations?
Roberta. Not at this time.

Artimusi. Are you also a musician?
Roberta. I sing and play a 12-string guitar. If the mood and songs are right, I sometimes switch off to the harmonica.

Artimusi. How would you characterize your music?
Roberta. Most would say folk music. I like most any music if it’s simple, stirring, and singable, and have words that inspire me.

Squirrel

Artimusi. Do you play anywhere?
Roberta. Yes. My primary and favorite place to play is church since all my motivation for even learning the guitar or raising my voice in private or public was in my direct response to God in worship.

Outside of the church, I participate with small groups of acoustic musicians in jam sessions. Out of these sessions, small groups spin off to a fair, fundraiser, funeral.

Artimusi. What are your future, long-term plans?
Roberta. Survival. It stands to reason that God has given us life, allowing ways for us all to survive this life in countless measures.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Roberta and Bob in 2021!

Roberta and Bob Jarvis

From now through February 2021, you can catch Bob Sunday mornings via Facebook Live. Just search and follow services at Church of the Open Bible, Greenville, Maine. You might hear Roberta singing, too. For art, music, and preaching inquiries, call (207) 997-3244.

Time at a Glance — Book Review


If there was ever a challenging and amazing book to read, composer- teacher-theologian-writer, Kevin Courtright, wrote it.

Published in 2015, the sheer size of Time at a Glance, The Locus Crucis and the Key to Peace – Piece by Piece at 668 pages long gives the reader a massive amount of  content along a spiritual journey. The Preface comprises the book’s abstract with its many acknowledgements followed by  an Introduction describing the book layout with keys to its mysterious chapters, each reflecting a puzzle piece. Interwoven throughout the body of the book are music lyrics further adding dimension and complexity.

Ostensibly for context under The Problem of Sin section, Courtright describes the Masonic system, Trilateral Commission, and by inference, Council of Foreign Relations with reference to the New World Order, a demonstration of man’s longing to unite a chaotic world. Later, he devotes a subsection, Stargazers, on astrology and how it worked in pagan culture. Biblical doctrine and prophecy elements also work into his thematic patterns. Courtright also writes at some length examples of his theory of music composition. For example, in the Appendix the In The Beginning sonata comprises exposition, development, codas, recapitulations and related structure.

Courtright introduces us to his mysterious, senior church friend, Bruce Newmeyer, whose name, life details, and theological observations appear in various parts of the book. Central to Courtright is the book’s frequent references to the Locus Crucis and the number seven (7), described in the Appendix.

Time at a Glance is a fine example of personal, intellectual, and spiritual energy. Courtright sees the result as an “art expression,” and hopes to drive readers into a further study of the Holy Bible. Overall, the book serves as a roadmap for the esoteric and those  who might seek unconventional inspiration and information, available now on Amazon.

Parkening renews contract for 2018


Christopher Parkening with guitarWorld famous classical guitar virtuoso, Christopher Parkening, has renewed a website contract with Christopher Weaver through 2018. The contract is an extension of the official site, parkening.com, that Weaver created in 2014. Since then, numerous stories have been posted to the blog. The site includes Parkening’s career history, discography with options to procure CDs, several biographies, as well as teaching, media, and contact pages.