Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will open a solo show of paintings by John Winship First Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Winship is a Maine artist who taught art at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. His paintings have been described as evocative, nostalgic, enigmatic, historical and emotional. The work seems easy to relate to, even if Winship’s chosen focus of the 1950s may seem temporally distant.

“My paintings are based on old snapshots,” he said. “Over time, I’ve grappled with most of the subjects that a painter with a bent for description will take on: landscapes, still lifes, portraits. But I feel that I elicit an emotional dimension from the snapshots that I don’t attain from other subjects.”

The atmosphere in the work tends to be heavy, with dark tones and faces either looking away or partially obscured. Winship says that this breaks down the specificity of the photograph’s subject matter and allows the viewer to project more freely into the painting.

Winship has had more than 30 solo shows in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and other galleries and museums throughout the northeast. His paintings have been featured and reviewed in national publications and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," as well as on numerous book covers. He has been represented by Carver Hill Gallery for two years.

The show will run through Aug. 29. For more information, call 594-7745 or visit carverhillgallery.com.

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