Eleven Maine artists, including three from the Midcoast, currently have paintings on view at the Banjul Embassy as part of the Art in the Embassies program. The collection of Maine artworks was selected to accompany Ambassador Pamela A. White to The Gambia.

Ambassador White, who was appointed in 2010, grew up in Auburn and attended the University of Maine. She called on her good friend and former college roommate Cynthia Watson to help select artworks by Maine artists to display at the embassy. Former Farnsworth Art Museum board member Carol Stratton helped Watson select the artworks.

On Sept. 2, Cynthia and Lowell Watson hosted an elegant reception at their waterfront home in Boothbay Harbor to honor the ambassador and the Maine artists whose work was selected to hang at the Embassy. The Maine artists with artworks at the Banjul Embassy are Colin Page of Hope, Morris Dorenfield of Spruce Head and Jessica Stammen of Camden, as well as Mitch Billis, Rich Dickinson, John Lorence, J. Thomas Higgins, John Neville, Paul Plante and Marguerite Robichaux.

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