Philippe Guillerm Gallery, 882 Main St., will open “Oil & Water,” an exhibit that highlights the adventurous life of passionate oil painter and kayak builder Jim Root, with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Saturday, July 12.

Much of what Root paints has been witnessed, photographed or inspired from a canoe or kayak. He loves the perspective he gets approaching an island or shoreline because “it feels as if I'm seeing it just a seal or water bird might.” Given the fact his vessels have no keel and are very light and maneuverable, he can paddle to places and vantage points unseen by most people.

Root had been to Maine as a kid and loved it. He and his wife Elizabeth bought their place in Round Pond in 2005 and combined his love of paddling and woodworking by building kayaks with his two daughters. The following winter, they got the chance to build two more and those are mainly what they use, although he has since experimented and built two skin-on- frame kayaks in the ancient tradition of Inuits living around Greenland.

The reception at Philippe Guillerm Gallery coincides with openings at the nearby Tidemark Gallery and Old Number Nine, also in Waldoboro village; and Maine Coast Artists Gallery in Friendship. Philippe Guillerm Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or after hour appointments, call 701-9085, visit or email

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