Blue Water Fine Arts presents “Barbara Ernst Prey: East Meets West” through the end of August. The show showcases a collection of 40 never-before-seen watercolors, dry-brush and oil paintings. In this exhibit, Prey’s monumental paintings take a new direction, continuing the tradition of American landscape painting while examining the urgency of open spaces.

In her annual show, Prey continues her exploration of the Eastern and Western landscape and our complex relationship with the environment. Also included are the artist’s paintings from her year as a Luce Scholar in Asia and the American West. The exhibit fills the 100-year-old former Village Inn and is dedicated to the memory of S. Lane Faison, Prey’s mentor at Williams College and dean of the so-called Williams Art Mafia.

Prey, featured in a film by the National Endowment for the Arts, was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Her painting “Lineleader” is currently on exhibit at the National Endowment for the Arts in the chairman’s office; and her painting “Hydrangeas” is in the new Bush Presidential Library and Center. Prey, who is adjunct faculty at Williams College, has executed several NASA commissions.

Prey’s paintings are included in some of the most important public and private collections around the world; and her artwork has been featured and discussed in numerous books, publications, radio and television programs. For more information on the artist, visit

Blue Water Fine Arts is located in the village, on Main Street/Route 131. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 372-8087; email; or visit

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