John Wissemann’s work is featured in “The Working Waterfront and Other Fancies” through Oct. 26 at Gold/Smith Gallery, 41 Commercial St., along the waterfront. The year-round gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays by chance. For more information, call 633-6252.

Wissemann of Cushing, master of colored pencil, has turned his attention from the East to Downeast and the working waterfront of coastal Maine. Wissemann is known his large-scale improvisations and transformations of Japanese woodcut prints, which have been featured at the Farnsworth Art Museum and are in the museum’s permanent collection. He now is working on a subject closer to home, actually just up the river and around the next marker.

Using elements he has drawn in sketching expeditions to Friendship and Rockland harbors as raw material, Wissemann creates images of these working waterfronts. He uses lobster boats, docks, piers, shanties, islands, reflections and wind on the water in an ever-changing matrix of patterns and rhythms. The combinations seem to be endless and he expresses an obvious joy in the linear angularity of pilings and piers, boats alone or as an anchored flotilla, the way the island spruce trees cut through the fog, all the result of more than 50 years of painting on the coast of Maine.

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