For the first time in more than 25 years, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will present, in effect, three solo exhibitions by three generations of well-established and distinguished artists with strong Maine connections — Will Barnet, Yvonne Jacquette and Dozier Bell.

The exhibitions will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. public reception Wednesday, Aug. 4 at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave., and will continue through Sept. 25.

Barnet’s exhibition, “Master Printmaker: Selections from Five Decades,” combines widely known representational prints of family and personal memories with a series of very rare, less well-known abstract prints from the 1950s and ’60s. The exhibition offers a strong cross-section of Barnet’s interest in printmaking, which reaches back to his early days in the 1930s at the Boston Museum School and Art Students League in New York. Barnet, now 99 years old, taught at the Art Students League for four decades. His teaching there and at Cornell and Yale universities and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art influenced many famous American artists.

Barnet has received several of the most prestigious awards available to artists and his works are in many of the foremost museums in America including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, as well as in many of Maine’s top museums. He has enjoyed more than 80 solo exhibitions. His show will be in the Tucker and Brown galleries.

Jacquette’s exhibition, “AERIALS: Paintings, Prints, Pastels,” emphasizes the theme for which she is renowned: elevated views of cities and landscapes. She began these works as watercolors, drawn sketches or photographs created in or taken from skyscrapers or rented airplanes. Jacquette later expanded upon them in her studios in New York City and Sears Mont. Nocturnal views offering dramatic use of contrasting colors and an increasing move toward abstraction coupled with dots of color are her trademarks. Spatial configurations, often coupled with multiple perspectives, become ever more inventive and often create in the viewer a sense of balance and imbalance and even floating freely through space. The majority of the more than 40 works in the exhibition include lesser-known pastels; there are five sizable black-and-white editioned woodcuts, as well.

Jacquette has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and at the world-renowned Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and she has enjoyed many solo exhibitions. Her work is included in all major museums in Maine; the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; and the Yale University Art Gallery and Library of Congress and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., among many others. Her show will be in the main gallery

Bell, a Maine native and Waldoboro resident, presents “Moment,” a combination of large, beautiful, brooding paintings and drawings accomplished over the past decade. This work marks a shift from her long-standing interest in reflecting an inner spiritual and psychological life to reflections upon her life experiences.

Bell attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and earned a master of fine arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with Neil Deliver. She also has studied with Jacquette. Bell has participated in 55 group shows nationwide and 27 solo exhibitions, including 10 in various New York City galleries. She received an honorary doctor of fine arts from Maine College of Art, as well as several fellowships and grants. her show will be in the loft gallery.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the galleries is free.

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