Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 5, 2019
Artist donates painting to church that inspired her
Trustee Chair Amy Stewart, left, accepts the donation of “Trinitarian in the Morning” from artist Roberta Goschke.
The Trinitarian Congregational Parish of Castine received a gift painting by an artist participant in the 2019 Castine Plein Air Festival.
Waldoboro artist Roberta Goschke donated the painting “Trinitarian in the Morning” to the church in recognition of its upcoming bicentennial celebration, and in honor of the village of Castine. “It is my honor to give back to the church and the wonderful town of Castine, that’s given me along with so many other artists inspiration, beauty, and welcome over the years,” Goschke said when she brought the painting to the church, according to a news release. The framed, 16” X 19” oil on linen painting will hang in the church in the near future.
The Rev. Tim Hall, pastor of the church, welcomed the donation, remarking on the importance of the church building as a symbol of Castine and its role as a community center. “Our steeple, surrounded by beautiful elm trees, has for years drawn the gaze of residents and visitors alike, and still serves as a navigation aid on local nautical charts,” he said. “It houses the town clock, and the church bell tolls on the hour to let people know the time. For me, there is nothing quite as peaceful and reassuring as the sound of the bell in the early morning hours. I think that Roberta has captured that spirit in her painting.”
Goschke has been a frequent participant in the Castine Plein Air Festival, and in 2015 won the “Castine Captured” award.