Maine native Holly L. Smith of Rockport has a new show at the Summer Island Studio Gallery of Fine Artisans, 149 Maine St. The public is invited to a reception for Smith and show the show, “Maine Vistas and Visions,” Friday, Aug. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the city’s Second Friday Artwalk.

Smith’s rich oil paintings of the spectacular coastline, rolling hillsides and close-up glimpses of her own garden are influenced by natural textures, shapes and forms. During the summer, she frequently takes the opportunity to travel to remote island destinations. In these natural environments, she absorbs the energy of the vegetation and rocks; the smells and sweet aromas of the fir trees and flowers, giving her paintings a truly authentic quality.

Smith has taught art education for more than 25 years in the Rockland-area school district, and her philosophy always has been to encourage and inspire her students to view their surroundings in new and different ways, ways that may influence their creative art. A graduate of University of Southern Maine with a bachelor of science degree in art education, Smith has studied under several renowned artists including Colin Page, Stan Moeller, Wilson Ong and Lyndon Fredericks.

The gallery, located in the Tontine Mall, is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 373-1810.

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