Seasons Downeast Designs, 62 Meadow St., will host “LOVE.MAINE.SUMMER.”, a month-long show featuring the original textile collage art of Elaine O’Neil. The public is invited to the opening reception Wednesday, July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“LOVE.MAINE.SUMMER.” highlights O’Neil’s colorful, whimsical depictions of Maine and the Midcoast including new works “Wedding at the Breakwater,” “Fireworks over Curtis Island” and “Camden Yacht Club.” Formerly of Camden and Warren, O’Neil now lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., but views this show as coming home to the place that has so heavily influenced her art.

Growing up in rural Knox County the great-granddaughter of a lighthouse keeper, granddaughter of a farmer and daughter of an ardent seamstress, O’Neil was inspired at an early age. Connie Hayes of Rockland, whom O’Neil calls one of Maine’s finest contemporary artists, was her art teacher in middle school “and really took me under her wing,” she said. “Connie drove me and another student every Saturday to take classes at the Portland School of Art, and it opened my eyes to incredible experiences. I feel so fortunate to have been her student,” she said.

O’Neil went on to receive a degree in textile design from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. She has shown her work in galleries up and down the East Coast, as well as in the mountains of North Carolina, and regularly does commissions for clients in the United States and abroad. Her original textile collages are in the collections of many colleges, businesses and hospitals; on the cover of several books and publications; and appear as illustrations in two children's books.

“LOVE.MAINE.SUMMER.” will remain on view through Aug. 31. For more information, call 236-4147 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or