Summer in full swing and the Port Clyde Art Gallery will celebrate with an exhibit of oil paintings by James Stephen Zoller. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Zoller is a self-taught artist whose work is included in corporate and private collections across the country. Growing up in San Antonio, Texas and traveling throughout Mexico heavily influenced his style of painting.

“I have always been attracted to and inspired by the vibrant colors typically used in Mexican arts and crafts. Subject matter in my paintings is always an eclectic mix,” he said of his work, which has been described as realism with stylization.

More recently, a whole new range of color and light has been introduced into his paintings as a result of time living on the coast of Maine. His show will run through Aug. 1 along with work by 2011 gallery members Erik Amundsen, stoneware pottery; Larry N. Bailey, watercolors, acrylics; Gayle Briggs Bedigian, pottery; Amy Cornell, oils; Gillie Coyle, oil pastel, drawings and ink wash; Lydia Kaeyer, watercolors; Gail Kingsbury, acrylics; Gena Neilson, oils, sculpture; Lowell “Si” Sibole, fine furniture; Gillian Sloat, oils; Bill Swittlinger, found object sculpture; and Marianne Swittlinger, acrylic and mixed media.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Tuesday and is located across from the Port Clyde General Store in the barn at the Seaside Inn.

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