Gary Akers will present his annual exhibition, "Allure Of The Sea," a collection of 20 new paintings in watercolor and egg tempera, at the Green Schoolhouse Gallery, a restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George Peninsula on Route 131 South (414 St. George Road).

The Opening reception is Saturday, July 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition begins July 16 and runs through Sept. 10, open everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Akers will be at the Green School to meet visitors and discuss his work.

One of America's foremost contemporary realists, Akers is recognized for his expertise in watercolor, drybrush and egg tempera. The Kentucky-born artist's subjects include the rural and coastal landscape, as well as intimate scenes of domestic life. Akers is particularly known for his highly-worked paintings in egg tempera, a technique in which dried pigments are mixed with egg yolk and distilled water and layered in thin brushstrokes on a gesso panel.  He recently received egg tempera artist Robert Vickrey's (1926-2011) remaining beautiful dried pigments to use in his own work. Akers and Vickrey had exhibited several times together.

Akers has been awarded with numerous awards from various watercolor societies, including the American Watercolor Society, the oldest and most prestigious in America, of which he is a signature member. The artist has been painting in Maine every summer since he  received an international grant in 1976 (only four awarded worldwide) from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal to further his egg tempera work. His works may be seen at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas, Mo.; the Ogunquit Art Museum; and Kentucky’s Owensboro Museum of Art. They have been included in many private collections including that of President Ronald Reagan and the Ross Collection, New York City. Two books have been published , each with more than 100 of Akers' paintings: "Kentucky Land of Beauty"; and "Memories of Maine.”

Akers alternates his residence and studio between bluegrass Kentucky and a private island in Maine. For more information, call (859) 250-0278 or visit garyakers.com.

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