Alan Clark, whose original watercolors, oils, drawings, mixed media compositions and limited edition fine art prints hang in collections across the United States, Canada Mexico, Europe and Australia, is coming to River Arts, 170 Main St./Route 1. He will speak Sunday, Aug. 1 at 3 p.m., and everyone in the audience will be invited to meet the artist at a wine and cheese reception to follow.

Depicting a world of nature and imagination, Clark’s work reflects a lifetime of questioning and discovery and his appreciation of how cultural influences even from the ancient past can be transformed into a very personal present. Born in Indiana, Clark grew up in Maine. He attended the University of Colorado (sculpture) and Colby College (English literature). Throughout his career, his paintings and prints, as well as his graphic works in many media, have been displayed in group and solo shows in the northeastern United States and Mexico.

Since 1990, Clark has divided his time between Cushing and Mexico. Highlighting a decade of work created in and influenced by both locations, “Blood and Stone: Paintings by Alan Clark” was mounted at the Farnsworth Art Museum in 2004. Clark’s work also is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Clark is equally passionate and committed to writing as both a poet and a playwright. His play for voices, “Guerrero,” and a companion piece, “Heart’s Blood,” were published as a single volume in 1999 in Mexico. “Guerrero” was first performed at the Farnsworth Art Museum and subsequently, in Spanish, at the Caribbean Festival in 1997. More recently, “Guerrero” was performed at Colby College.

In 2005, Clark’s solo show “Woman by a Pool — Pages from a Book” combined fine art prints and photographs with original poetry. His new poems appeared in the Caribbean Writer and the Wolf Moon Journal in 2006.

Clark’s topic at River Arts will be Imagination and Freedom in Paintings. A donation of $10 or more at the door is suggested to support River Arts and its programs.

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