New oil and soft pastel paintings by South Bristol artist Sally Loughridge will hang throughout August at Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store at 386 Main St. Her artwork reflects her continual fascination and visual conversation with the natural elements of Maine's Midcoast.

"I love unusual perspectives, transitory light patterns, and the seasonal hues of Maine," she said. "Painting helps me connect with nature, to see it more clearly and appreciate it more deeply."

Loughridge has exhibited in the Archipelago store for 12 years. In 2008, she had a solo show in the adjacent Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery. In 2010, she returned to the gallery as part of “Monhegan Perspectives III,” a show by a small group of Monhegan lovers and painters. In addition to painting, she teaches soft pastel painting privately and creates original jewelry designs based on nature's palette.

Archipelago is home to handmade art, craft and design representing the very best of Maine's islands and coast. For more information about Loughridge's artwork or Archipelago, call 596-0701. For more information about the artist, visit

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