The Personal Book Shop, 144 Main St./Route 1, will open the spring season with a new expression. In business since 1973 and often a place to find a work or two by local artists, the shop is adding a fine art gallery in its intimate space.

The initial exhibition is called “A Gathering of Artists” and will debut with a reception Saturday, March 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists, converse and enjoy the exhibition.

“A Gathering of Artists” will feature selected work by Pamela Cabanas of Friendship, Ritsuko Kato of Rockland, Jean Kigel of Waldoboro, Hannah Nelsbach of Tenants Harbor and Martin Smith of Thomaston. Their works combine a wide range of media and subject matter.

Cabanas will show both large pastels and small ink and paper landscapes of local spots she calls “familiar places.” Nelsbach is showing collages that incorporate bits and piece of nature. Smith will be showing pastels. Kato will show acrylics that Marti Reed, the book shop’s owner, said she would term expressionist.

“I first saw them at Suzuki’s in Rockland; she works there. When I thought about doing this show, I knew I wanted to show them, ” Reed said.

Also included are two large-scale watercolors of sea creatures and small Asian brush florals by Kigel. The watercolors are of lobsters, a sea urchin and a blue octopus.

“I bought the model octopus from a seafood dealer in Portland and made several versions of him,” said Kigel, who said her focus on the sea creatures is on the need for preservation of the sea’s dwindling resources.

“Every day we hear more about the plight of a species or their harvesters. These sea creatures are both magnificent and essential to the planet’s survival,” she said.

“A Gathering of Artists” will run at least a month. The Personal Book Shop is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 354-8058.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to