The Autumn “Art at the Grill” exhibit at Damariscotta River Grill will feature 60 to 70 oil paintings by Ed Botkin of Tenants Harbor, George Wardwell of Union and Kathleen Thornton of Waldoboro.

Botkin, Wardwell and Thornton respond to the world around them with natural and man-made landscapes as inspiration. Their show will run from Monday, Sept. 19 through Oct. 31. There will be a reception for the artists Thursday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the downtown Damariscotta River Grill, Main Street/Business Route 1.

Ten years ago, Botkin returned to realistic oil painting after working in stained glass design and abstract works made of fused glass.

Thornton grew up in Midcoast Maine in a family of self-taught artists and musicians with family roots going back many generations on the islands and mainland of the Maine coast. She learned to paint with oils at a very young age by observing her mother, aunts and uncles as they created landscapes and portraits. She will be exhibiting a series of acrylic landscapes and seascapes.

Wardwell, who was born in Bangor and was raised in Old Orchard, enjoys the process of making a blank canvas into a finished painting. He is fascinated by the man-made landscape of buildings, bridges, highways and factories.

Now in its sixth year, the Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art at the Grill” series brings recognition to talented Maine artists and has become an integral part of the area’s social scene. The next show at the Damariscotta River Grill will showcase 12 artists in the “The Art of Giving” holiday show, opening Dec. 12. For more information, call 563-2992 or visit

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