Ed Botkin of Tenants Harbor will be the Artist in Residence at the Maine Art Gallery Saturday, July 31. He will be displaying many of his works and answering visitor questions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gallery on Warren Street in the village, just off Route 218.

Botkin has been working in art for more than 40 years. His introduction to art education consisted of watching his father, an accomplished Maine oil painter and cabinetmaker, work in his studio. Botkin’s early work was in oil painted landscapes. In the late 1980s, he started to work with kiln-fired glass, making abstract art to display on walls and freestanding sculptural art.

For the past 15 years, Botkin has resumed his work with realistic oil paintings. In this area he has studied extensively under Sergio Ledron de Guevara, an internationally known artist. Botkin’s landscape work is done primarily in the studio, creating paintings from sketches and photos he has taken. In the winter, he works at his studio located in the lush desert foothills of Arizona. He and his wife spend their summers at Cove End, their Tenants Harbor studio.

Botkin is a juried artist member and has served on the board of the Sonoran Art League in Arizona; is a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance; an artist member of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport; and a member of Maine Art Gallery.

For more information, call 882-7511 or visit maineartgallery.org.

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