The Philippe Guillerm Gallery, a new fine art gallery located in a 19th-century bank building on historic Main Street, will have its grand opening Saturday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with nearby Tidemark Gallery’s opening for a show by Maine’s treasured artist John Lorence.

The opening exhibit will highlight the bold and playful work of French-born artist Philippe Guillermo. From “melting” violins to clarinets that charm, Guillerm knows how to bring out the playful attitudes of musical instruments. He collects the wood for his sculptures while cruising the Caribbean each winter. His bright paintings also are inspired by his Caribbean and local travels throughout Maine.

Guillerm’s — pronounced “gee,” with a hard G, “airm” — work is shown around the world and collectors include Sir Richard Branson and Paquito D’Rivera. Philippe Guillerm Gallery is located at 882 Main St. After the opening, gallery hours will be Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or after-hours appointments, call 701-9085 or visit

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