WALDOBORO — After a year of relative solitude, Jean Kigel will show her recent Asian brushwork, watercolor and oils at her new gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road, during August. The public is invited to an open house Friday through Sunday, Aug. 13 through 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

This salon style exhibit features new work in watercolor, Asian brush, and oil. These paintings celebrate the natural rhythms of weather, seasons, the sea, and cycles of plants, flowers and animals. Her interest in nature, combined with a sense of color, design, curiosity and imagination, marks these paintings.

In preparation for her annual show, Kigel first created a series of abstract ink paintings depicting dried desert wood on the buttes of Canyon Land National Park. Later in the year, she moved on to painting mountains, buildings and animals with sumi on Asian papers. Once spring emerged, she transitioned to color, painting Asian brush florals on gold shikishi boards, and watercolor florals of her own perennials.

Kigel is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Sumi-e Society of America. She has received far-reaching attention for her work, including feature articles in Maine Magazine, Maine Home+Design, Down East Magazine, Pacific Fishing Magazine, the American Forestry Journal, and Leaf Press: Haiku from Seoul. Philip Isaacson, former art reviewer for the Portland Sunday Telegram, wrote, “Kigel is a master of the oriental brush. Her work with ink or ink with color strikes the viewer as spontaneous, loose, bold, the product of a difficult skill, an attitude acquired through commitment and study.”

For more information, call (207) 832-5152.