Oil painter Ed Botkin will hold his sixth annual solo art exhibit and sale at the Ocean View Grange, Route 131, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 20 through 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

This year, more than 20 new works will be introduced at the exhibit. While the emphasis will be on realistic oil paintings of the Maine coast, there will be a few still life paintings as well as new additions to Botkin’s Maine Rocks series. In this ongoing series, realistic rocks are a metaphor for the earth and all that it contains — the rocks, the plants, the water and the animals.

“Rocks are the foundation of the earth and of my paintings in this series,” said Botkin.

The new still life paintings include “Candle Light,” showing a candle being lit in front of a wine bottle. Both the reflection of the candle on the bottle and the shadow it casts on the wall can be seen. In “Quiet Time,” the water in a quiet cove is slowly moving against and over the rocks, which can be seen in the shadows along the shore and beneath the water.

Ocean View Grange is between Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde, located down the beautiful St. George peninsular on the right, three miles south of Tenants Harbor.

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