The collective energy and spirit of six professional painters will be on display at Archipelago Fine Arts, 386 Main St., beginning with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is cordially invited.

“Monhegan Perspectives III” will feature the most recent work of Joyce Greenfield, Betty Heselton, Sally Loughridge, Marle Loznicka, Sigrid R-P Smith and Abbie Williams in a wide range of media including oil, soft pastel, acrylic and watercolor. Four of the artists are year-round Midcoast residents; two are from the New Haven, Conn. area; and all spend several weeks each summer on Monhegan.

Although their time on the island is limited, they make the most of it, typically painting for six to eight hours each day, usually en plein air. They also gather in the evenings to share and critique the day’s work and talk about art history, composition, technique and paintings by other Monhegan artists.

“Perhaps most significantly, we constantly explore our emotional response to the islands’ rugged character, unique light, dramatic setting and people – we want to express those responses visually in our paintings and, in turn, stir the emotions of the viewer,” said Loughridge.

“Monhegan Perspectives III” will run until Jan. 23. Current gallery hours for Archipelago Fine Arts are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. An online gallery of examples from the show can be found at thearchipelago.net.

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