“Water and Stone,” an exhibit of new paintings by Frances Kidder, will open Friday, Aug. 6 at Yvette Torres Fine Art, 313 Main St., Suite 204. The public is invited to an opening reception 5 to 8 p.m.

Torres, former partner and director of Gallery 170 in Damariscotta, continues her dedication to the exhibition of exceptional contemporary art and is pleased to show Kidder’s paintings in Rockland.

Landscape paintings can say something about the passage of time, buried history and possibility … and a painting of a place inevitably says something about the relationship between the painter and that place, Kidder said.

“At first, Maine’s rocky coast was spoiled for me by memories of childhood summers spent on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. But 25 years of coming to South Bristol have given me an affection for these once forbidding rocks, particularly the rock walls that encircle Seal Cove,” she said.

She especially loves the way the tide changes the intersection of water and stone and “makes a new thing.” This also occurs in Poor House Cove, where she often goes to observe Sheep Island, “the little island looks at its reflection at high tide.”

Kidder divides her time between Williamsburg, Mass. and South Bristol. Born in Boston, she holds a bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College in art history and a master of arts in teaching degree from the University of Massachusetts. She has done additional studies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Boston Museum School.

Besides landscape, she often has painted human and animal figures. Kidder’s work is represented by Yvette Torres Fine Art and also by the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, Mass.

The opening of “Water and Stone” coordinates with the First Friday Night AIR (Arts In Rockland) art walk and runs through Sept. 6  Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 888-777-1077 or send e-mail to ytfa@midcoast.com.

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