Blue Water Fine Arts, Main Street/Route 131, presents the most recent works by the internationally celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey through Aug. 31 in “American Contemporary: 40 Years Painting Maine,” a body of spiritually driven landscapes. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and by appointment; and there will be a 6 to 8 p.m. reception Sunday, Aug. 3.

In this exhibit, Prey explores the depth of the American landscape and her own personal relationship with nature. While the work is predominantly American-based in subject matter, the aura Prey produces throughout her work can be appreciated on a global scale and is, chosen to participate since 2004 in the United States Arts in Embassies Program. At the U.S. Embassy in Paris, she was the only living American painter exhibited with prominent American masters Homer, Ryder and Sargent. Her artwork is on exhibit in many U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. The annual show also features a new collection of her large-scale works.

As a NASA artist, Prey is part of an elite group of American artists who have documented space history including Norman Rockwell and Robert Rauschenberg. She 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. 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 is adjunct faculty at Williams College and an art blogger for Huffington Post.

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