Summer Island Studio, 149 Maine St., will welcome back watercolorist and Asian brush painter Jean Kigel of Waldoboro for an October show titled “Totems of Land and Sea.”

The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer Island Studio is open to 8 p.m. for the city’s Second Friday Art Walk Oct. 14.

Kigel’s signature piece, “Totem,” depicts buoy-slung driftwood poles impaled at the edge of Harbor Island in Muscongus Bay. The color-coded buoys exalt the tenuous life of the clan of Maine lobstermen. They symbolize a tribal community bonded by a spirit of self-help and the can-do spirit of their forbearers.

In this show, Kigel’s paintings follow her totemic theme through symbols related to other working people in Maine including lumberjacks and off-shore fishermen and anglers. Some of these totemic symbols depict a stark forest, the Davey of a lobsterman and a variety of gyotaku fish prints.

Award-winning artist Kigel specializes in watercolor and Asian brush painting. Her works have been widely exhibited in museum, university and private galleries. For more information, call Summer Island Studio at 373-1810.

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