Blue Water Fine Arts, Main Street/Route 131 in the village, will present “Barbara Ernst Prey: The Art of Diplomacy” Friday, Aug. 15, through the end of the month in the Upstairs Gallery. Prey will give a gallery talk at 4 p.m. on the show’s opening day, Aug. 15.

The exhibition is curated by the artist herself and reflects upon her diplomatic art career and the legacy she has created through her participation in the United States State Department’s Art in Embassies Program. The exhibit, which joins her current exhibit “American Contemporary,” develops an in-depth exploration of Prey’s artwork and the connection it has with the United States Embassies, as well as iconic American institutions. Her original works have been shown at embassies worldwide including those in Paris, Madrid, Oslo, Prague, Hong Kong, Minsk and Mali. Her prints are on display at more than 100 U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide including Prague, Seoul, Baghdad, Abu Dhabi, Bogotá, Mexico City, Athens, Cairo and Rangoon.

The Art in Embassies Program presents the works of influential American artists to a broad, international audience. The U.S. State Department selected Prey’s painting “The Collection” as the July 4th invitation for every Ambassador and Embassy worldwide. Prey also received the honor of painting the United States White House Christmas Card, in 2003. Within the exhibition are some of her most influential pieces that have hung proudly on the walls of some of the most important consulates and embassies in the world including “God and Country,” which was on exhibit in the entryway of the U.S. Embassy Residence in Paris with paintings by Sargent and Homer.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and by appointment; for more information, call 372-8087; or visit and

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