“Barbara Ernst Prey: October in Maine,” a show of small originals and limited edition prints, will have a special one-day exhibit Saturday, Oct. 16 from noon to 6 p.m. at Blue Water Fine Arts, Main Street/Route 131. The show coincides with the village’s popular Rock the Dock benefit community party.

Also included in the exhibit will be prints of Prey’s NASA-commissioned paintings “Shuttle Discovery: Return to Flight” and “Columbia Tribute.” Prey was appointed by former President Bush to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Members are chosen for their established record of distinguished service and achievement in the arts. Previous members have included Leonard Bernstein, Marian Anderson, John Steinbeck, Richard Diebenkorn and Isaac Stern. She has work in the White House‚Äôs permanent collection.

Prey has created powerful, compelling views of her surroundings for more than 30 years and is a longtime seasonal resident of St. George. As an environmental conservationist, her paintings explore the importance and urgency of maintaining our environment.

Prey is an artistic ambassador for her country, chosen in 2004 through 2010 to participate in the United States Arts in Embassies Program. She was the only living American painter in a recent exhibit at the U.S. Embassy in Paris with prominent American masters Homer, Ryder and Sargent. The U.S. Ambassador to Spain requested a special exhibit of her paintings at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Prey was invited by both the Ambassadors to Paris and Spain to lecture about her work to the cultural leaders of France and Spain for the opening of their art collections. Additional artwork is on exhibit in many U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

For more information, visit bluewaterfinearts.com.

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