The Port Clyde Art Gallery will present work by guest artist photographer Toril Lavender Wednesday, July 9, through July 28. The public is invited to attend a 5 to 7 p.m. opening reception Friday, July 11.

Through more than 40 summers on Huppers Island, Lavender has developed a keen eye for the simple beauty of Maine’s rugged coastline. She is the granddaughter of Norwegian boat builder Ole Amundsen and his wife Tina, who came to Maine in the 1960s because it reminded them of their homeland. On Huppers Island, Ole built a small cottage, which four generations of Amundsens still visit each summer, migrating from as far away as California to the family home where the Norwegian and American flags fly proudly. An award winning photojournalist and daughter of scientists, Toril captures natural history from a unique perspective, showcasing the fall of shadows, the delicate moss and rocks most just step over.

Lavender’s beautiful photographs are printed on metal, a medium that can make images leap from the wall with a vibrant simplicity.  She and her family, fresh from road-tripping all the way from West Virginia, will be at the opening reception. To view some of her other photo work, visit

The Port Clyde Art Gallery, located across from the General Store upstairs in the newly painted red barn, is open Wednesdays through Mondays from noon to 6 p.m.

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