Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Port Clyde Road/Route 131, will host an opening reception Monday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. for internationally celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey’s new exhibit, “In Search of America.”

Prey is best known for her innovative, large-scale watercolors. She currently is commissioned by a major contemporary art museum to create a piece for its new exhibition space, pushing the limits of watercolors for the opening of a new wing in 2017.

Included in the Barbara Prey Projects exhibit is “Vanishing Point,” a painting from her Paris retrospective; and her never before seen oil paintings from her Village View series. She began her artistic life as an oil painter, at a young age.

“My mother was head of the design department at Pratt Art Institute in New York … Governor Hugh Carey of New York bought my first oil painting at age 17,” she said. “I am fortunate to exhibit my artwork around the world, but every year I look forward to my annual exhibit in Port Clyde.”

“In Search of America” continues through Sept. 5. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and by appointment. For more information, call 372-8087 or visit

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