The annual exhibition “Barbara Ernst Prey: Inflection Points, 40 Years Painting Maine” has opened at Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Main St./Route 131 in the village. There will be an opening reception Monday, July 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Taking the viewer from watercolors to oils; the White House to the Space Station; and the architecture of Maine to an interior commission at MASS MoCA, this exhibit of recent work considers Barbara Ernst Prey's distinct perspective as a 21st-century female artist, revising the male dominated art-historical watercolor tradition as she explores the depth of the American landscape and American identity.

Prey’s belief that color is the most powerful way to communicate has driven her to develop groundbreaking, intricate layering techniques — beginning with marks on paper and then building up through her evocative use of color and dozens of thin washes, often incorporating parts of her surrounds such as water, soil and crushed shells. She has maintained a studio and painted in Maine for more than 40 years.

Prey’s paintings are included in some of the most important public and private collections around the world including the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the White House (one of two living female artists), the National Endowment for the Arts, Kennedy Space Center, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College, the Taiwan Museum of Art, New York Historical Society, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Bush Presidential Library and Center. Her work is owned by private collectors and celebrities including President and Mrs. George W. Bush, Nobel Laureate Dr. and Mrs. James Watson, Ambassador and Mrs. Craig Stapleton, Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks.

“Inflection Points” runs through Sept. 4. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and by appointment. For more information, visit

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