Artist Albert Neilson's work will be featured during the month of June at the Southwest Harbor Library. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALBERT NEILSON

‘Scenes from the coast’ is Neilson show theme

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library features a watercolor painting exhibition by artist Albert P. Neilson during the month of June. An artist reception will be held Friday, June 5, from 5-7 p.m.

The sea and the coastline in the Mount Desert Island area always have interested Neilson. He was taught to sail by men who hauled their lobster traps in gaffed-rigged sailboats; hence his experience of the sea was dominated by sailboats and later by active duty in the United States Navy. This was a duty which took him around the world.

“The coast of Maine, for me, competes favorably with any that I have seen worldwide. When I began to paint, coastal subjects demanded my attention. Therefore, in this exhibit, the vast majority of my paintings have to do with local marine subjects,” said Neilson.

Born in the 1930s, Neilson spent all of his summers on Mount Desert Island. As a child in school, he always wanted to draw and paint, but no art teacher ever took any interest in his work. After he married, he and his wife began to paint in earnest, first in acrylics, later in watercolors. They both enjoyed this immensely. After her death 15 years ago, Neilson knew he had to continue to paint. What you see now is the result.

Call the library at 244-7065.


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