The “pop-up venue” Watermark will host the first Maine look at artist Barb Jackson’s controversial new painting “Bad Pope” Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at its 22 Central St. storefront location, between Union Hall and the opera house.

Born in Detroit, Jackson now hails from Amelia Island, Fla., just off the coast from Jacksonville, and has been a long-time seasonal resident of Rockport. Her work was first shown in Florida this summer at the Waterwheel Art Gallery and at Artistree Gallery. This will be the premiere showing of her work in Maine.

Jackson came to painting late in life with a vengeance she cannot explain. Two years ago, she took up acrylics and began to paint her dreams and life stories. Now 69, the artist works in oil in a style inspired by Frida Kahlo and Marc Chagall. “Bad Pope” represents Jackson’s long considered and visceral response to the issue of child molestation and the church.

“Bad Pope” will be joined in the Rockport show by a happier sampling of Jackson’s good dream-inspired work, featuring fresh takes on familiar local vistas and village life.

The show will continue Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 236-0587.

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