Jean Kigel’s most recent paintings will be on exhibit at the Round Top Farm galleries on Business Route One Thursday, Aug. 4 through Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For the first time two of Kigel’s popular gyotaku (fish monoprint) prints will be offered in a silent auction during the show with proceeds to benefit the Damariscotta River Association. which owns Round Top.

“Jean Kigel: 13th Annual Eastern Views” will feature Asian brush paintings and watercolors representative of the Far East, Down East and Eastern Europe. Kigel’s paintings are unmistakably Chinese in technique, yet often western in concept and composition. Her work depicts a remarkably close engagement with the natural world. For example, her signature piece, “Refuge,” depicts a barnacle bonded to a mussel shell, attached to an oyster shell, inside of which hides a rock crab. Another painting, “Totem,” depicts a peaceful Atlantic Ocean lapping the edge of Harbor Island, on which kayakers have placed driftwood poles strewn with derelict buoys.

Kigel has painted flowers in every conceivable style including tightly drawn and splashy flung-ink style depicting the elegance of imperfection. In these paintings, a wabi-sabi delicacy melds with a fascination with disintegration. Her evocative images are geared more toward aesthetics than to narrative. This year, Kigel presents a new series of gyotaku prints, a kind of monotype printed from a real fish. Her focus on Latvian scenes stems from her Latvian heritage. This show offers  a series of new scenes from Latvia including iconic cranes and cityscapes.

Kigel’s works have been widely exhibited in museum, university and private galleries; and have been reviewed in the Boston Globe and the Maine Sunday Telegram. For more information, call 832-5152 or visit the Waldoboro artist’s website,

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