Gary Akers will present “Serene Moments,” a collection of more than 20 new paintings in egg tempera and watercolor, at his annual summer open studio. The event will run Friday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 22 at the Green Schoolhouse, a charming restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George peninsula on Route 131 south. The artist will be present each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet and to discuss his exhibition.

For the first time ever in Maine, Akers will be exhibiting portraits from his End of An Era: Paintings from the Borders’ Farm, an important body of work depicting the three bachelor Borders brothers of Burlington, Ky. It all began on a cold November day in 1980 when one of his collectors suggested the artist accompany him on a visit to the Borders brothers’ farm. There he was first introduced to the three bachelor Borders brothers: William, Elmer and Woodrow.

Akers said he stood in awe as he first saw the farmhouse. It was old and weathered and had no running water or electricity, heated with wood stoves and illuminated by kerosene lanterns. This marvelous example of early American rural architecture became a second home and his art for more than a decade. Akers liked the objects as they were placed in the kitchen, bedrooms, stairways, on the porch, in the cellar or in the yard. The Borders brothers themselves and their daily activities also proved inspiring.

In this exhibition, Akers will reveal a new series of paintings focused on Woodrow Borders, paintings that capture the last night “Woody” spent alone at the Borders farm house — the last time he would ever live his own way of life, the only way of life he had ever known. This series is now being scheduled in major art museums including the opening tour beginning at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Ky., October through January. The Maine exhibition also will feature watercolor and egg tempera paintings of inhabited rural and coastal landscapes, as well as charming and intimate scenes of domestic life.

Akers is a highly accomplished watercolorist who has been rewarded with numerous awards from various watercolor societies and is an elected Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society. His work is in the collection of The White House, Ross Collection, Brown Foreman Corporation and the Ogunquit Art Museum. Over the past two decades, Akers has been featured in various books and periodicals including American Artist, Watercolor, Artist’s Magazine, U.S. Art, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: The First Ten Years. Two books about Akers have been published, each with images of more than 100 of his paintings: “Kentucky Land of Beauty” (1999); and “Memories of Maine” (2003). Akers alternates his residence and studio between Kentucky and Maine.

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