Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, will up “Afloat,” a marine exhibition featuring the work of oil painters Todd Bonita, Jonathan McPhillips and Kirk McBride, Saturday, July 23. The annual tradition for the gallery will run through Mid-August; this year’s “boat show” has been scheduled to coincide with the inaugural Camden’s Classics Cup. It offers viewers a visual feast by three highly accomplished oil painters with a passion for all things nautical.

A resident of Portsmouth, N.H., Bonita earned a BFA at The Art Institute in Boston and also studied classical painting and drawing in Philadelphia at the Academy of Fine Arts. His eclectic career has spanned stints as graphic designer for commercial gaming machines, commissioned artist creating large-scale murals and assistant to world-champion chain-saw sculptor Barre Pinske. A highly respected illustrator, Bonita also has worked for many large publishing houses including McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin. As an oil painter, he focuses his work on small watercraft, a subject matter that harkens back to his New England coastal childhood.

McPhillips graduated from Connecticut College with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Working equally in his studio and on location, he enjoys painting the harbors, beaches, vessels and architecture of the coastal environment. McPhillips won the prestigious Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Purchase Award last year, and is also honored to have work on loan to the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies program.

Renowned plein air painter McBride works up and down the eastern seaboard and from his home studio on Maryland’s eastern shore. His work has been juried into numerous exhibitions, and he recently was elected as a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. As a Signature Member, McBride has been recognized and honored by his peers within the field as one of the nation’s most accomplished painters of water, boats and marine activities.

Camden Falls Gallery is open from daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 470-7027 or visit

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