Renowned artist and longtime seasonal resident Barbara Ernst Prey will speak about her career Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams Club in Manhattan. She will discuss her creative process, her national commissions and her work as an arts advocate.

Prey has been painting Maine for 40 years. While her work is predominantly American-based in subject matter, the aura Prey produces throughout can be appreciated on a global scale and her knowledge of the arts has given her opportunities to lecture at many of the world most renowned museums and collections including the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Dartmouth College.

Prey was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the 14-member advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. She also was invited by the President and First Lady to paint the official 2003 White House Christmas card. Her paintings are in many of the nation's most esteemed museums and collections including The White House, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Kennedy Space Center, Williams College Museum of Art and The Bush Presidential Library.

She also is an artistic ambassador with artwork is displayed in more than 100 embassies and consulates worldwide through the U.S. Art in Embassies program. As a NASA artist, she is part of an elite group of American artists who have documented space history. For more information, visit The Williams Club is part of The Princeton Club, 15 W 43rd St.; for more information, call (212) 596-1305.

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