Barbara Prey Projects shares for the first time an exhibition featuring the works of mother-daughter duo Peggy Joubert Ernst and Barbara Ernst Prey. Entitled "MOTHER DAUGHTER: Two Generations," the exhibit runs through Sept. 7 at 855 Port Clyde Road. A safe, socially-distanced, all-day closing reception is Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will also be a walk-through with gallery assistant and Bowdoin College student Kate McKee on Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. This is a great and unique opportunity to gain insight and learn more about the individual works on exhibit at Barbara Prey Projects.

Peggy Joubert Ernst was head of the Design Department at the prestigious Pratt Art Institute in New York City, and a celebrated artist who was well known for her textile designs (Peggy Joubert Designs) that appeared on fabrics around the world (featured in this exhibition); she also painted on her travels in the 1940s-60s and the exhibition will include a pairing of Prey’s and Ernst’s travel paintings. Barbara Prey is an internationally acclaimed artist famous for her titanic watercolors and keen eye for the American landscape. Prey grew up surrounded by her mother’s artwork, painting alongside her in their New York studio and onsite, her aesthetic sensibilities shaped at an early age.

This unique exhibition will feature a selection of Joubert Ernst’s paintings and textile patterns juxtaposed against Prey’s own now-iconic works. Prey’s recent painting Spindles for her solo exhibition at the Hancock Shaker Museum is a vivid reference to her mother's textile designs.

“I’ve been fortunate this year to have my artwork included in museum exhibitions with artists I’ve admired and whose work has influenced mine including Titian, Matisse, Klee, Miro, Pollock… but the greatest influence was my mother. Mass MoCa recently commissioned me to paint the largest watercolor in the world for their new space, alongside Louise Bourgeoise, James Turrell and Robert Rauschenberg. At age 16 I didn’t want to compete with my mother who did amazing oil paintings so I chose to paint in watercolor.”

Prey’s paintings are in the private collections of U.S. Presidents and dignitaries, business titans, European Royalty, celebrities including Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks, as well as the prominent public collections of The National Gallery in D.C., The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian Art Museum, The White House, where she is one of two living female artists represented, among many other institutions.

"It is a painter’s job to notice, and to draw out the nuance and light in what the rest of us ignore. Prey has that eye and hand… what she makes touches the divine and has staying power.” – The Boston Globe

Father/Son artists are commonplace—it is much rarer to see a mother/daughter artist pairing. This long overdue exhibition celebrates the roots that profoundly shaped the artistic eye and career of Barbara Prey. It is a timely exhibition for the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and 200th celebration of Maine as their family were the first settlers of Midcoast Maine.

Also on exhibit through Sept. 7 is "20 in 2020: Celebrating 2 Decades of Barbara Prey Projects." This exhibition showcases the virtuosic hand of world-renowned artist Barbara Prey who has painted powerful views of her surroundings for 40 years. It features never before seen monumental paintings highlighting her distinct American vision.

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