“Another Opening, Another Show” is the third mother-daughter exhibition for Pat Farmer and Alison Shapiro in the Cushing Historical Society’s summer Arts in the Barn program.   Like their first show, “Mother/Daughter; Oil & Water”; and their second, “Relative Views,” this year’s exhibition underlines distinctions more than similarities in their work, style, subject matter and materials.

The exhibition will open Friday, Aug. 12 with a reception for the public from 5 to 7 p.m. Hours for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the barn behind the society’s headquarters on Hathorne Point Road.

Shapiro, who has a home in Bremen, trained at the Art Students League in New York where she began her studies as a sculptor but soon added oils, watercolor and pastels to her work.  The series of pastels shown is focused on food, from peas to peanuts, with a special group concentrated solely on their empty shells.  When not making art, Shapiro is a teaching visual artist for New York’s Lincoln Center Institute, leading workshops that explore works of art with the goal of integrating the discovery process into wide-ranging classroom experience that may be spread across a school’s entire curriculum.

When she was 10, Farmer began spending Saturday mornings in a Boston Museum of Fine Arts class for children, but eventually abandoned lessons in painting for studies in art history. After retiring to Cushing, she took up pencil and brush again to paint with a local group and exhibit on a regular basis. Although watercolor has always been prominent in her work, she now finds that acrylics applied in thin layers allow more freedom and less anxiety in producing a desired effect.  Landscape is her main subject matter in this exhibition.

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