In commemoration of this summer’s final space shuttle flight, Barbara Ernst Prey has made two of her NASA-commissioned shuttle paintings into prints, which can be viewed during her annual “Open Spaces” at Blue Water Fine Arts, Main Street/Route 131. The show has been extended through through Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Prey was invited by NASA to be their artist spokesperson for the traveling exhibit “NASA Art/50 Years,” which just opened at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “NASA Art” features works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Norman Rockwell and Prey, who is a member of the National Endowment of the Arts’ National Council on the Arts.

Last month, Prey was profiled on “The CBS Evening News” and “CBS Sunday Morning” as well as on the BBC Worldwide and in The Wall Street Journal. Her painting of the x-43, the fastest aircraft in the world and one of her four NASA commissions, is included in the exhibit.  Her “Columbia Tribute” painting and “International Space Station” are on exhibit at The Kennedy Space Center.

“It has been an honor to work with NASA,” said Prey.

Preys new paintings in “Open Spaces” and the shuttle prints are on view daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 372-8087 or visit and

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