The third weekend exhibition for Cushing Arts in Barn, pairing David Footer and Lynn Waltke’s art taken from nature, will open Friday, June 17 with a reception beginning at 5 p.m. The show will continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, June 19 at the Cushing Historical Society’s barn on Hathorne Point Road.

David A. Footer’s love of nature began at age 10 on the family farm in Lewiston, where he learned to trap; he soon was studying taxidermy as well as the painting techniques he still uses in applying light and color to fish mountings and other works of art including his wood carvings of shore birds and fish. His reputation as an artist and taxidermist has brought Footer a wide audience, thanks to nationally-read magazine articles and numerous books about the sport of fishing and its history that feature his work.

Co-exhibitor Lynn Waltke from Tucson, Ariz., focuses on the land, its birds, beasts and botanicals, a perfect complement to Footer’s oceanic and fresh water subjects. Working in colored pencil, oils, watercolor, graphite, pen and ink and acrylic, she brings both strength and delicacy to her images. The two wildlife artists met during a workshop at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, where Waltke found a friend and mentor in Footer who, she said, remains an invaluable source of encouragement and inspiration.”

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