ROCKLAND — “Signs of Life,” an exhibit of more than 40 new paintings by Maine artist Melissa Post van der Berg, will be shared at the Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. This gallery viewing will be available from July 2 through July 30.

Post van der Burg is known for her iconic and colorful paintings of the Maine coast.

“In this body of new work, I explore the Maine landscape/seascape, looking for and finding life all around me. The 20th century poet Wallace Stevens said ‘The most beautiful thing about the world is the world itself.’

“I find this to be true of Maine, the most beautiful thing of Maine is Maine itself, from the busy working waterfront to the small towns and farming communities. I am very fortunate to live and work in a place I never grow tired of one that is always artistically challenging and interesting.

“As a painter, it is always my intention to establish a feeling in a painting, and to have that feeling hold for the viewer. As a realist, I want the painted image to represent exactly what I saw, but I also push color as far as I can to the very edges of what looks ‘real.’ I like for my work to appear timeless, but to also have a contemporary freshness.”

In addition to being represented by the Landing Gallery in Rockland, Post van der Burg is a member of the Copley Society in Boston, Mass. She exhibits in both Maine and Boston, and recently sent a large painting to Washington, D.C., at the request of Sen. Angus King, where it hangs in his Senate Offices.

For more information, call 239-1223 or email