Blue waters and the colors of the coast of Maine are the inspiration for acrylic painter Jan Lipson, who will be the August guest artist at the Port Clyde Art Gallery. Her “Serenity” show opens Aug. 3, and the public is invited to an artist’s reception Friday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Lipson’s art work also reflects less peaceful surroundings. The artist was deeply moved by the tragic tsunami that devastated Japan earlier this year and composed “Rising Sun,” a mixed media work incorporating a mid-19th century Japanese woodblock print. Part of the proceeds of the sale of “Rising Sun” will be contributed to Japan’s relief agency.

Lipson resides in Port Clyde and Washington, D.C. She has been exhibiting in galleries since 2000 and her works are found in many private collections. “Serenity” will run through Aug. 22 along with work by the Port Clyde Art Gallery 2011 members. They include Erik Amundsen, stoneware pottery; Larry N. Bailey, watercolors and 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 and 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 every day except Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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