The public is invited to attend an reception for a display of artwork by Sara Gagnon Sunday, May 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lincolnville Community Building, 18 Searsmont Road/Route 173, Lincolnville Center.  Broadway trained guitarist John Ruis, will provide music, and refreshments will be served.

Gagan lives and paints in Hope. Originally from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., she graduated from Connecticut College; attended Hartford Art School; and worked and raised her family in the Hartford area. Always with a passion for drawing and painting and never with the time to pursue it, Gagan retired from a career in graphic design last summer, found her way to Midcoast Maine and has focused her energies on a series of portraits of nine women.

The series’ subjects range in age from 12 to 92, representing various stages of life. Most are women with whom Gagan has worked in one capacity or another; all possess certain archetypal strengths. The artist's goal is to convey the universal qualities possessed by these women and enable viewers to connect and identify with them, thereby reinforcing those strengths as they exist in varying degree within each of us.

This event is sponsored by the United Christian Church and is the beginning of a summer series that will feature local artists. The show will be on display until June 19 and can be viewed Sunday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon and by chance or appointment. For more information, call Mary Schulien at 785-3521.

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