Gary Akers will present a new collection of more than 20 new prints and original egg tempera and watercolor paintings in his Summer Exhibition. This exhibition will be open and the artist will be on hand daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23 through Aug. 27 at the Green Schoolhouse, a restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George peninsula on Route 131.

Akers has been coming to Maine for 35 years. He first came to the St. George peninsula in 1976 after receiving an international grant to further his egg tempera work. Akers has achieved international recognition for his egg tempera and watercolor paintings, and his work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo.; and Maine’s Ogunquit Art Museum. In 1984, Akers was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan to create a painting that became part of the White House Collection.

An elected signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Akers saw his painting “Woody” accepted into the AWS 2011 exhibition at the galleries of the Salmagundi Club in New York, N.Y. The AWS is the most prestigious watercolor society in the world, and this painting was selected to travel for one year to museums in the United States. Two books about Akers have been published, each with images of more than 100 of his paintings: “Kentucky: Land of Beauty” (1999); and “Memories of Maine” (2003).

Akers will have a solo exhibition, “Borders of Change,” this winter at the Behringer-Crawford Museum located in the historic Devou family home in Covington, Ky. “Paintings from the Borders Brothers’ Farm” will be the first extensive look at an important body of work depicting the three bachelor Borders brothers of Burlington, Ky. Also on view with this exhibition will be a documentary film, “Borders of Change,” by Ashley Akers, the artist’s daughter.

Akers, his wife Lynn Rita and their daughter live in Union, Ky., where he spends his winters painting;  their summers are spent in Spruce Head. For more information, call 859-250-0278 or visit

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