‘Charms’ annual Akers exhibition

Jul 13, 2014
“The Old Fish Houses,” an egg tempera on panel, is among the almost two dozen new paintings Gary Akers will show in his annual summer exhibition.

South Thomaston — Gary Akers will present his annual exhibition, "Seaside Charms," a collection of 20 new paintings in egg tempera and watercolor, Saturday, July 19, through Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Green Schoolhouse Gallery, a restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George peninsula on Route 131.

Akers will be at the Green Schoolhouse each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet visitors and to discuss his work.

One of America's foremost contemporary realists, Akers is recognized for his expertise in watercolor, drybrush and egg tempera. The Kentucky-born artist’s subjects include the inhibited rural and coastal landscape, as well as charming and intimate scenes of domestic life. Akers is particularly known for his highly worked paintings in egg tempera, a technique in which dried pigments are mixed with egg yolk and distilled water and layered in thin brushstroke on a gesso panel. His egg temperas are built up of hundreds of layers using the technique of cross-hatching small strokes of color that are layered over one another to achieve subtle effects.

Akers' work has been in exhibitions at many museums including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum, the Frye Museum of Art and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. Currently, his egg temperas and watercolors are on exhibit in "Days Gone By" at the Janice Mason Art Museum, Cadiz, Ky. Akers also is an accomplished watercolorist and has received major awards from the American Watercolor Society, where he is an elected Signature Member.

Over the past two decades, Akers has been featured in many books and periodicals including Maine Home + Design, American Artist, Watercolor, Artist's Magazine and Southwest Art. Two major books on Akers art have been published, each with images of more than 100 paintings. Akers alternates his residence and studio between Kentucky and Maine. For more information, call (859) 250-0278 or visit GaryAkersArt.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“At Marshall Point” is a watercolor on paper. (Artwork by: Gary Akers)
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