PicassoWhat, the new gallery upstairs at 328 Main St., continues its 2013 launch with the show “Summer on Silk,” an exhibit of large-scale textile paintings by Georgian-born artist Gigi Aea of Camden. The show will open with a First Friday Art Walk reception Aug. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., to run through Sept. 8. A special event with the artist will be held toward the end of the show.

The large — 60-by-60 and 60-by-96 inch – paintings are created using silk paints applied with brush onto stretched silk. The works are colorful, sensuous, abstract yet biomorphic. Aea was born into a multigenerational family of artists; moved to New York City after completing his formal fine art training in Europe; had a brilliant early career in handpainted fashion design for Mary McFadden, de la Renta, DK, and more; then spent extended time in the Sonora Desert and on the West Coast. Eventually, he was lured to Midcoast Maine.

New work by three other painters will complete the installation: Nikki Galapon, who has had numerous one-woman shows; Rebecca Rouse, “the owl painter”; and Laura Tetrault, who paints every violin and cello she sees. Access, elevator and stairs, to the gallery is located through the front doors between FOG and Black Parrot. For more information, visit the gallery’s Facebook page; email picassowhat@gmail.com; or call 593-8109.

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