Barbara Prey Projects will celebrate the season with “Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints” featuring two distinct series: never before seen small oil paintings; and newly released limited edition prints. This show will open Saturday, July 1, and run through the 14th.

The oils were executed around Prey’s commission to paint a monumental watercolor for the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art’s B6: The Robert W. Wilson Building, which opened in May in North Adams, Mass.

“In between my museum commission for MASS MoCA, I’ve been painting the small on-site oil paintings, a new direction in my career,” Prey said.

For the past four decades, Prey has been known for her incisive, saturated watercolors that operate as a record of the artist’s constant engagement with the multifaceted, ever-changing American landscape. Recently, the artist returned to the medium in which she first began and created a new series of small-scale works on panel. The size of the panels and nature of the oil medium enabled Prey to experiment with levels of freedom and informality not afforded by watercolor.

The “Village View” and “Seavy” series are a synthesis of Prey’s dialogue with her Port Clyde surroundings and her observations on the same location’s evolution over the course of 40 years. The creation of these two series presented the artist with the opportunity to revisit the pathways, architectural structures and vistas she had seen for decades … and her family had known before her.

New print releases of “Gallantly Streaming” (currently at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, prominently placed in the lobby) are included in the exhibit, as are prints of her iconic painting “Patriot” and her NASA commissioned work. A print of “Family Portrait” (collection The Brooklyn Museum), as well as two of her most sought-after pieces — “Hydrangeas” (Collection Bush Presidential Library) and “The Collection” will be on display in July. The latter was selected by the U.S. State Department as a July 4th celebration invitation image for every U.S. Ambassador and Embassy worldwide. Also available is a newly released print of Prey’s 8-by-15 foot  MASS MoCA commission.

Prey is a contemporary painter whose work resides in the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the White House permanent collection, the private collections of Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks and more than 100 American embassies and consulates worldwide. Her creative repertoire extends across media to oil painting and illustration; the latter she contributed to The New Yorker for a decade. For nine years, Prey has served as the sole visual artist on the U.S. President-appointed National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Port Clyde Road/Route 131 in the village, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 372-8087 or visit

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