Painters Doug Hartley, Jim Lynch and Nellie Taft; and jewelry artist/painter Joanna Willimetz, all full or part-time Cushing residents, will collaborate on a show of their work at the Cushing Historical Society barn on Hathorne Point Road. Another in the Arts in the Barn summer exhibition series, the show will open with a reception Friday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continue Saturday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to serving as a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Hartley is an accomplished musician and painter. Though his primary interest has always been music, he became involved in the visual arts in his sixties when friends urged him to try sculpture and watercolor painting. Since then, in his travels throughout Europe and Brazil with the State Department, he has preferred to draw or paint scenes in a variety of media rather than photograph them. He is particularly interested in light and shadow and the liquidity and movement of water, evident in the land and seascapes of Maine and sites overseas that will be included in the show.

Willimetz has been creating greeting cards, watercolors and jewelry for many years and has shown her paintings at the Cushing Historical Society; in Lima, Peru; and New York City. Her jewelry is composed of beads collected during her 13 years living in Peru and 22 years leading tours around the world. She spent many years involved with the civil rights movement and 35 years as a special education teacher.

Lynch is a New Englander who has maintained a lifelong interest in the visual arts. After graduating from Yale, he worked as a photographer for The Boston Globe and Houghton Mifflin, then pursued opportunities in international development and venture capital. A summer artist workshop on Great Spruce Head Island sparked his interest in painting. He attempts to capture the light and colors of the Maine sea, sky and islands in his work. In the Cushing show, he will present a series of landscapes and seascapes including oil and watercolor scenes around Cushing, Moosehead Lake and Great Spruce Head Island. Lynch divides his time between Cushing and northern Virginia.

Taft has been painting or teaching most of her life. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, participated in the School’s Fifth Year Traveling Scholarship Program and won another traveling scholarship, which afforded her a year in Rome. She holds a master of arts degree in art history from Columbia University. At the California School of Fine Arts, she studied with several distinguished artists including Diebenkorn, Bischoff and David Park; and in 1961 was in an exhibit with DeKooning at the East Hampton Gallery in New York. Taft’s work has won numerous awards and is in important galleries and private collections throughout the nation and in Barcelona, Spain. Here, she will present a series of gestural figure drawings in mixed media on paper. Taft winters in Boston and summers in Cushing.

Admission to the show is free. For more information, call 354-0439.

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