The Cushing Historical Society will present “With a Broad’s Brush,” a show of paintings by Margaret Creighton, Paula Christen and Molly Mugler, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 13 through 15. Another of the Arts in the Barn series, the show will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday and continue from Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the society’s barn on Hathorne Point Road.

Creighton, who organized the show, says she does not spend much time reflecting on the process of painting, preferring to jump in impetuously and see what occurs. She particularly admires regional painters of the 1930s and the Canadian Group of Seven for the way they translate landscapes into rounded form with blended, bold, transcendent color. She has taken courses at the Maine College of Art and, more recently, with Clark Island painter Björn Rundquist. She has just begun to work in oils and this is the first showing of her work in that medium. Creighton lives in Cushing and Yarmouth; and teaches at Bates College.

Christen’s watercolors tell visual stories inspired by the road less traveled. She said she still gravitates to sunlit gravel paths, high alpine trails and two-street towns, reminiscent of her childhood in Washington State. Her paintings, done with loose brushwork and few details, keep her connected to these special places.  When she paints, she said, it gives her an opportunity to slow down, really observe, then distill all the visual information into a story to share. Christen still lives in Washington and has participated in juried shows in western United States. The Cushing show will be her first in Maine.

Mugler works primarily with watercolors, creating paintings inspired by nature, the play of light and shadow and contrast of color and value. She focuses on scenes around her homes in Cushing and Andover, Mass. Mugler feels that painting gives balance to her life as a wife, mother and securities attorney by requiring her to focus on creative expression. Her paintings have been exhibited in many juried shows in northeastern Massachusetts. She is a past board member of the Copley Society in Boston, America’s oldest art association.

Admission to the show is free.

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