The Ocean House Gallery will welcome artist Susan Gilbert with an exhibition from Friday, Aug. 12 through Aug. 24. The opening reception will take place Friday from 5 to 7  p.m. at the Ocean House Hotel dining room overlooking the harbor.

Gilbert, a native of Schenectady, N.Y., has been coming to Monhegan Island since the late 1960s and she has been a year-round resident for more than a decade. A graduate of the Boston Museum School, Gilbert received a first year of classical art training followed by three years of intensive drawing and ceramics. During that time and in all the years since she has pursued the study of painting on porcelain, paper and canvas.

As a child, Gilbert fell in love with paint and its colors and found a lifetime of interest in the media of oxide on clay, watercolor on paper and oil on canvas. Her visual experience in the natural world that surrounds her has provided endless inspiration for her art. Gilbert’s paintings are daily patterns of weather, flora and the natural phenomena on Monhegan. Living with the tides,  she finds an atmosphere saturated with history, art, fishing and hard work.

Gilbert’s exhibition “4 Seasons on Monhegan Island” is a mix of watercolors and oils of island life and is her first on the St. George peninsula. She has studied under Copley Masters artist Don Stone, Ralph Bush and Bill Maloney, Dewitt Hardy and Guy Corriero for watercolor; oils with Janet Manyan; and drawing with Anthony Bacon Venti. She taught ceramics for many years at Tufts University, Chamberlayne Junior College and Cambridge Community Center.

For more information, contact Kristina Mitchell at 372-6691 or Upcoming shows at the Ocean House Gallery are: Angela Anderson Pomerleau, Aug. 26 through 31; Sylvia Murdock, Sept. 2 through 7; and Jan Lipson, Sept. 16 through 30.

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