Watercolorist Win Reber will be featured in the next Arts in the Barn exhibition at the Cushing Historical Society's barn, 17 Hathorn Point Road. The show will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, Aug. 9; and continue Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 4 p.m.

The Illinois-born and raised Reber was trained as an abstract expressionist and had to teach himself how to paint as an abstract realist. Actually, he was trained first in mortuary science and worked in his father’s (also a fine artist) mortuary for a while, but eventually teaching art in public school and earning a Masters Degree in Art Education at Pennsylvania’s Kutztown University.

While teaching, Reber was involved primarily with sculpture, pottery, jewelry making, commercial art and design and teaching art history. For 20 years, he also was curator of the Rosemont Collection of Art. In 1990, he took a half-year sabbatical to work in and study the watercolor medium.

Reber lives in Pennsylvania Amish country the seven months of the year he and his wife are not in Cushing, where he exhibited every other year since 1996. His work appears in collections from coast to coast; and from Maine to Florida.

For more information on Arts in the Barn, contact Judith Zizza at 354-6939.

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