Artist Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing will speak at River Arts Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. River Arts is located downtown at 170 Main St./Business Route 1.

Wissemann-Widrig is listed in “Who’s Who” as an important American painter. Sometimes described as realist, her paintings integrate elements of both modern and traditional painting. Her landscapes show the play of light on her subjects, be it the human figure, plants or water, and her explorations focus on those phenomena that have emotional impact for her.

Wissemann-Widrig’s recent Sea Garden series focus on a patch of tidal water in front of her summer home on Hathorn Point. This series began in Maine with nearly daily paintings made of the same tidal pool and extended to include the saltwater creek of her winter home on the North Fork of Long Island; and the Luis Pena Canal on the island of Culebra, where she has spent several months of each year for nearly a decade.

More recently, her paintings have evolved to include autobiographical collages of the many canvases she has painted over the years interwoven with the features of her own life. The paintings move between abstraction and realism. While some of the images reflect vignettes of the artist’s experiences over a lifetime, other objects represent thoughts and memories that are not entirely identifiable.

Wissemann-Widrig was educated at Syracuse University and has a master of fine arts degree from Ohio University College of Fine Arts. In 1964, she received the Outstanding Realist Award from the Albright Knox Art Gallery, New York, and in 1969 she won the Purchase Award from the Child Haasam Fund at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work is in many collections across the country including the Farnsworth Art Museum, University of Kansas Museum of Art, Bank of Boston, Citibank and the Port Authority of New York, to name a few. She has shown her work in more than 25 solo shows over the past five decades in Maine galleries and beyond. She is represented locally by the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland.

There will be a wine and cheese reception to meet the artist at 4 p.m., following the talk. A $10 donation at the door is suggested to help support River Arts. For more information about River Arts, the gallery, classes, events and exhibition schedule, visit

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