Artist and longtime Camden resident Imero Gobbato died July 6, a little after 2 p.m. At his bedside were his close friends Elizabeth Ballou, Rose Willson, Gordon Bok, Kate Fitzgerald and Tom O’Donovan. Gallery owner O’Donovan invites the public to honor the artist during an open house Sunday, July 18 at Harbor Square Gallery, 374 Main St. For more information, call the gallery at 594-8700.

Gobbato was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Milan, Italy. He moved with his wife, Josette, to their home on Sea Street in 1965 where he lived and worked in his Two Harbors studio with his beloved dog, Maurice, who survives him.

Painter, printmaker, composer, naval architect and children’s book illustrator, Gobbato was in all things a visionary, a bearer of light and joy to all who knew him as friend and neighbor and the hundreds more who collected his remarkable paintings over his long and prolific career.

“To say he will be missed does not begin to express the truth of his leaving and the void that remains with those of us who knew and loved him,” said O’Donovan who, since 1983, had represented Gobbato at Harbor Square Gallery, at first in Camden and then in Rockland.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the doctors and nursing staff at the Penobscot Bay Medical Center for their wonderful kindness remarkable support during this difficult time,” O’Donovan said.

An exhibit of Gobbato’s most recent paintings is currently available for viewing at Harbor Square’s new gallery space at 21 Winter St., also in Rockland.

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