In their new show, opening Friday, Sept. 10, Downtown Gallery artists will present works in their individual styles and media with the art of Henri Matisse as reference point. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

To prepare for their “Inspired by Matisse” show, the artists created a collaborative large-scale copy of a painting by the master. Then each went their own ways, making many works around the theme. The Downtown Gallery show coincides with a current important show of Matisse works in New York City.

Exhibiting through Oct. 11 will be gallery artists Mary Boothby, Carolyn Brown, Megan Cafferata, Priscilla Cross, Joan Freiman, Suzanne Phillips, Carol Sloane, Ieva Tatarsky and Cynthia White. The gallery will be full of flowers and decorated with Matisse colors in celebration of this event. In addition, a new selection of works by the late Paula Green will be displayed in a special gallery area. This is the fourth in a retrospective series honoring the artist, a founding partner of the gallery.

Downtown Gallery is located at the center of Washington Village at the intersection of Route 220 and Old Union Road. Gallery hours are Fridays through Sundays plus holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 542-6492 or visit

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