An exhibition of Susan Williams’ paintings and Patrisha McLean's photographic portraits of homeless, and formerly homeless, people in our area will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Wednesday, July 27, at Pascal Hall, 86 Pascal Ave.

Williams has had significant exhibitions in New York and Maine; juried and group shows; success with numerous collections, including an acquisition of a group of paintings by McKinsey & Co and Goldman Sachs & Co; and solo exhibitions at the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City. She is represented by the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland; and the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas. Her work also has appeared in numerous blogs and publications; for more information about the artist, visit

McLean's most recent book of photographs, “My Island,” was a finalist for the 2016 Maine Literary Awards. To put a face on the hidden homeless situation in our community, she has been photographing and interviewing the clients of the Knox County Homeless Coalition since the shelter reopened under new management in 2014. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Portland Museum of Art; and this fall, she is teaching The Art of Photographing Children at the Maine Media Workshops. For more information about her work, visit

The exhibition will continue through Aug. 24, open by chance or appointment (230-4264, A portion of the sales from the works will benefit the Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House. Signed copies of McLean’s “My Island” will be available for a $75 minimum donation to KCHC.

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy a RAYR wine tasting at its nearby 67 Pascal Ave. location during the art show opening. There will be other special events during the run of the show; for updates, check the homehelphope Facebook page.

The Knox County Homeless Coalition/Hospitality House’s mission is to bring local homeless families back to sustainable independence with care, respect and dignity. Since its start in February 2014, it has helped 1,294 people; 621 people have moved into independent housing. More than half the clients are children under the age of 12. To learn more, visit

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