Asian brush paintings by Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel will be featured this month in both Portland and Kennebunk. Both shows open with public receptions Friday, June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The free catered reception at Art Collector Maine's Gallery 75, Suite 203 of 75 Market St., is part of Portland's Friday Night Art Walk-and-Congress Street Closure, which, this month, kicks off Portland's Old Port Festival.

A Maine native and specialist in Asian brush painting and gyotaku monoprinting, Kigel paints with energy and passion; most notable are her interpretations of perennial flowers, landscapes and sea creatures. This show includes a meticulously painted still life of persimmon in a blue dragon vase from a pagoda she visited while touring China with the Maine College of Art. In addition, viewers will find lotus and orchids from Florida’s water gardens; plum blossoms from Japan; and a large, whimsically colored small-mouthed bass from Maine.

Kigel’s show will run to June 23, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery 75's multi-artist event continues all year during art walks, during office hours and by appointment (772-3373).

Also running to June 23 and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily is “ART.WORKS,” an Art Collector Maine-curated show of 50 artists, at 39 Western Ave., Kennebunk, part of Art Collector Maine’s Kennebunkport Festival. Kigel has three watercolors in this group show.

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