The Port Clyde Art Gallery will celebrate the return of summer with a season-opening exhibit of acrylic paintings by Rockland artist Jill Caldwell. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery in the barn at the Seaside Inn.

Caldwell paints bold, abstract landscapes derived from her personal reflections on people and places. While she considers these paintings to be personal narratives and her own internal landscapes, appreciators of fine abstract art will find their own interpretations. The show will run through July 11.

Port Clyde Art Gallery 2011 members include Erik Amundsen, stoneware pottery; Larry N. Bailey, watercolors, acrylics;  Gayle Briggs Bedigian, pottery; Amy Cornell, oils; Gillie Coyle, oil pastel, drawings and ink wash; Kelli LK Haines, photography; Lydia Kaeyer, watercolors; Gail Kingsbury, acrylics; Gena Neilson, oils, sculpture; Lowell “Si” Sibole, fine furniture; Gillian Sloat, oils; and Marianne Swittlinger, acrylic and mixed media.

The gallery is open every day except Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located across from the Port Clyde General Store, Cold Storage Road just past the end of Route 131.

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