Deborah Beckwith Winship has a long artistic career in the Midcoast, and is well-known for her folk paintings of Maine's villages, harbors and farm life. The public is invited to an opening reception for a June and July retrospective of her work Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Garage Gallery at Eastern Tire Company, 70 Park St.

In this retrospective show, Winsip’s work shows an evolving style, spanning paintings of summer florals and playful watercolors to vivid colorful abstraction. Her education includes an intensive program at the Prado in Madrid; a year in New York City working in galleries and museums; and study under Maine artist Lois Dodd at the Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.

“When I think of summer in Maine, I think of the ocean and the gardens that flourish by the water. In my paintings I have tried to show a personal vision of that magical place,” she said.

Since Winship’s first village street scene was selected for the cover of Down East Magazine in 1980, she has done countless folk paintings, as well as publication covers and posters for festivals and centennials.

The Garage Gallery at Eastern Tire Company has offered a venue for the Lively Ladies Group begun by the late Stell Shevis some years ago, and there will be a small sampling of works by the group as well. Winship's exhibit will be on view during business hours.

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