“Eastern Views,” the 12th annual show of new Asian brush paintings and watercolors by Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel, will run Thursday, July 29 through Wednesday, Aug. 4 at Round Top Farm, a community facility of the Damariscotta River Association, on Business Route 1.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The public is invited to a reception Friday, July 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For one week, viewers can treat themselves to Kigel’s spectacular series of lotus paintings inspired by water gardens in China and in Maryland. These Lotus Gardens paintings on silk and on “rice paper” boast colorful flowers in varying tones of red, pink, yellow and white. Following the Taoist tradition, Kigel’s lotus series depicts the duality of all things in nature. No part is independent of the whole; no lotus is so pure that it does not contain its opposite in diminished form — hence, the wabi-sabi of the torn leaf or the insect-eaten petal.

Kigel cross-pollinates the painting techniques of Asian brush and watercolor; her concept of “Eastern Views” juxtaposes scenes from China and New England. In this exhibit, dense forests and wide seas complement her colorful florals.

As a painter, Kigel adopts two mantras: Never repeat yourself; always evolve.

“Experimenting with different papers, paints, subject matter and exhibition venues is what keeps me going. Recently I taught myself the art of gyotaku monoprinting. This summer I’m exhibiting acrylics for the first time. And I’m showing in NYC for the second time,” she said, referring to her solo show through August at Woodward Gallery’s Gourmet Garage venue in SoHo.

Kigel’s work is exhibited widely and she shares her talents via local workshops. A generous sample of her work can be seen online at jeankigel.com. For more information, call 832-5152.

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