Barbara Prey Projects will open “In Search of America,” a show of the most recent works of internationally celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey, Monday, July 18, to run through Sept. 5. The exhibit explores memory, art history and the influences of Color Field painters on the large-scale watercolors of Barbara Ernst Prey.

“In Search of America” considers Prey's distinct perspective as a 21st-century female artist, both essential to — and occasionally at odds with — her subjects as she explores the depth of the American landscape and American identity. Her belief that color is the most powerful way to communicate drove Prey to develop groundbreaking, intricate layering techniques. She begins her American-driven landscapes with marks on paper, and then builds up through use of color and dozens of thin washes, often incorporating parts of her surrounds such as water, soil and crushed shells.

Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts; and her painting “Lineleader” is currently on exhibit at the NEA’s office of the chairman. Her work is in the White House’s permanent collection as well as a long list of important private, public, national and international collections. She is an art blogger for The Huffington Post, adjunct faculty at Williams College and serves on the Colonial Williamsburg Museum board. Prey’s artwork has been featured and discussed in numerous books, publications, radio and television programs.

Gallery hours at Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Port Clyde Road/Route 131 in the village, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There will be an artist’s reception Monday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 372-8087 or visit barbaraprey.com.

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