The Lively Ladies and Shevis are thinking big in their latest exhibition at The Garage Gallery of Eastern Tire and Auto Service, Inc., 70 Park St. The public is invited to the “BIG” opening Wednesday, Aug. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.

What is meant by “BIG” was left to each artist’s imagination, ¬†said Nancy Fitzgerald, one of the Lively Ladies. Group members pondered grand themes, big ideas, subjects of major influence or standing and sizeable canvasses. Some painted with larger brushes than usual.

The new exhibit embraces art works by Rockland residents Fitzgerald, Lois Anne and Deborah Winship; Bird Burns and Stell and Shevis of Camden; Pat Farmer of Cushing; Edith Laroche of Searsmont; and Lincolnville residents Lauralee Clayton and Elizabeth O’Haverty.

Origins of the group date back decades. Longtime members have logged nearly 40 years of painting together plein air on the Maine coast and at the garden-side home of Stell and Shevis. Meeting not only to paint and critique their works, they also sometimes celebrate birthdays and special events over lunch. Travel, Maine scenery, animals, boats, night skies, coastal vistas and mountain top experiences provide inspiration for these artists.

The “BIG” show will hang to mid-November, to be followed by the group’s annual “9 x 9” winter show. The public is invited to view the gallery exhibition at the opening and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-5250 or 236-2402 during the day.

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