BAR HARBOR — A reception for the “Stories of Maine Art & Artist Inspiration” exhibit at The Asticou Connection Gallery in Town Hill will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 5-7 p.m. The gallery will be open all day.
Artists being featured include Roc Caivano, a resident of Mount Desert Island since 1974 and well-known architect in the area who has recently retired and continues to pursue his passion for painting. His paintings will be shown for the first time; he uses both watercolors and oils to capture the scenic views, flowers and plant life here on the island and beyond. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Caivano’s work will benefit the Land & Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island.
Jennifer Judd-McGee of Northeast Harbor will be present with her mixed media art. Her inspiration comes from the natural patterns and forms found here in the coastal Maine surroundings.
Both large and small granite sculptures will be available by Obadiah Buell of the Granite Garden Gallery and Stone Designs Inc. from Sullivan. Buell’s studio and home are set in a beautiful, historic Down East granite quarry where he is surrounded and inspired by the stone.
Marion Smith of Bar Harbor has found inspiration in the beauty of MDI and has expressed this in her vibrant, original watercolors.
Mother and daughter paintings by Patricia A. Noble of Lamoine and Katherine Noble Churchill of Bar Harbor also will be featured. Patricia Noble belongs to the Miniature Painting Society of Florida and paints extremely detailed miniature oil paintings, exquisite in color and compositional strength. Her daughter, Katherine Noble Churchill, has a more contemporary approach with colorful oil and acrylic landscapes of MDI and Blue Hill inspired by the seasons, including icy winter scenes.
Other special highlights include selections of framed maps, prints and paintings from the collection of Raymond Strout, incredibly beautiful Native American inspired basketry by Helen Lee, masterful bird carvings by Terry Stanley, unique wood and metal furniture by Howard Chittenden and classic wood carvings by Ken Savage.