Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St., invites the public to an artists reception Friday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. New paintings are on display in Archipelago, the Island Institute’s gallery featuring the work of Maine artists.

Fall brings color and beautiful light, subjects Kathleen Perelka and Betty Heselton explore in their artwork. Also featured will be new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

Perelka said she is “most alive” outdoors and works almost entirely with landscape, wild places such as marshes and blueberry barrens with no homes in sight.

“Pastel has a sparkle that no other medium can compare to; each little particle reflects both color and light, giving the painting a life force of its own,” she said.

Surrounded by a creative family, Heselton was exposed to drawing, carving, painting and photography throughout her childhood on a small working farm in rural Maine. Her oils and acrylics subtly capture her passion for the special places she explores by land and sea.

Parsons’ paintings draws on a strong sense of place — the island of North Haven — as do Denny’s new encaustic works, which features places she explores in Penobscot Bay.  Worthington works with fabric, creating complex landscapes of Maine’s coastal environment. Coombs displays his supreme talent with glass as he crafts iconic Maine subjects with elegance and simplicity.

The gallery and store are open seven days a week through December. For more information, visit

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