All this month new paintings by South Bristol artist Sally Loughridge are featured at Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store at 386 Main St. Hanging above the large counter, these paintings reflect her love of the Maine coast.

The natural elements of earth, sea and sky appear timeless, yet each scene is made unique by the rhythms of sun and moon and the ever changing effects of weather. Loughridge is moved by these transitory shifts, whether they create deep pockets of shadow or touches of brilliant light, subtle harmony of color or dramatic contrast of hues, wispy clouds or cloaking fog or other surprises.

Loughridge has exhibited in the Archipelago store for 10 years; and in 2008, she had a solo show, “Coastal Edges,” in the adjacent Archipelago Fine Arts gallery. Last year, she¬† returned to the gallery as part of “Monhegan Perspectives III,” a small group show by the Monhegan Six painters. Loughridge works primarily in soft pastel and oil.

Archipelago is home to handmade art, craft and design representing the very best of Maine’s islands and coast. For more information about Loughridge’s artwork or Archipelago, call 596-0701.

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