Björn Runquist will hold his annual open studio show Friday through Sunday, July 29, 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ocean View Grange, Route 131. There will be a reception Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and an artist’s talk Sunday at 3 p.m. Ocean View Grange is located a mile from the center of Port Clyde.

Runquist is a landscape painter who, after many years work in abstract art, returned to figurative work in the 1990s. His painting covers a wide range of subjects from the ordinary elements of everyday life, to the familiar views on the coast of Maine to travels here and abroad. This year’s show deals with several themes, commercial piers, a visit to Monhegan and doorways as a tribute to our comings and goings.

Runquist has done several painting workshops this summer, one at Ona Barnet’s Rock Gardens Inn and one at River Arts in Damariscotta. He will finish the season with a final workshop from his studio in St. George.  He is represented by Landing Gallery in Rockland; Gleason Fine art in Boothbay and Portland; Morrison Gallery in Kent, Conn.; and Horton Hayes Fine Art in Charleston, S.C. His work will be included in the annual Center for Maine Contemporary Art benefit auction July 31 in Northport; the “Art for Water” fundraiser at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show Aug. 12 through 14 in Rockland; and the “Art for Equality” fundraising auction Aug. 5 at the David Scriven Crowley Gallery, Rockland.

Recognition for Runquist’s work continues to grow. In the fall of 2009, there was a long article on his work in Maine Food and Lifestyles magazine. The spring of 2010, he was featured in the Art issue of Maine Home and Design magazine as one of Maine’s 60 most collectable artists. He was featured in the Canvas section of Maine Home and Design in August 2010 and he again will participate in the State Department’s Art in Embassies program.

Runquist has shown widely on the East coast. His paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections including the Farnsworth Art Museum. Samples of his work can also be seen on his website, bjornrunquist.com. For more information, call 596-7423.

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