Award-winning artist Lynn Travis of Lincolnville, who has lived in Maine since 1978, will teach a plein air oil workshop Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15 at River Arts, 170 Main St./Business Route 1.

The workshop, which will be limited to 10 students, will focus on some of the issues artists all face when painting including composition, color, drawing, use of materials and techniques. The class will take place outdoors, weather permitting. Included with the painting time will be discussions, demonstrations and individual instruction.

Travis was born in New York and received her art education through the Art Students League in New York City, graduate study at California College of the Arts, private study with Neil Welliver and a bachelor of science degree from Boston University. She has exhibited artwork both in and out of state, in solo, invitational, juried and group exhibitions. Maine exhibitions include the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport; Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland; L.C. Bates Museum, Hinkley; Greenhut Gallery, Portland; Ogunquit Art Center, Ogunquit; and J.S. Ames Gallery, Belfast. To see a sample of her work, visit

In 2000, Travis she was awarded the Carina Residency on Monhegan and, in 2003, the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation Artist Residency. Her painting “Resting” is the cover image of the poetry book “In the Well” by Elizabeth Tibbetts. Travis’ work is included in both private and corporate collections.

“A direct response to my environment is central to both my landscape and figure painting. Long walks, extended close observation and daily life experiences give rise to my subject matter,” she said.

The fee for the two-day workshop is $35, $105 for members. Participants should bring lunch  with them and will be responsible for their own materials; a list will be provided. For more information about this and other River Arts activities, visit or call 563-1507.

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