PORT CLYDE — Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Port Clyde Road, announces an anniversary exhibition and celebration of Barbara Prey’s 40th year of exhibiting in Maine. “American Impressions,” which runs from July 1 through 15, features never before seen oils and new watercolors. With a strong academic background in art history (Williams College, Harvard), Prey’s work explores memory and art history, and is part of the trajectory of American art with a sophisticated rethinking and contemporary take.

“I think my work and commissions with NASA helped me continue to look outward during this time and the monumental size of my recent MASS MoCA commission influenced my continued larger paintings,” Prey said. MASS MoCA commissioned her to paint the world’s largest known watercolor. Prey prefers to paint on site, and recently her paintings have been included in museum exhibitions in New York with Picasso, Matisse and Pollock among others. Currently she is included in “Impressionism: A World View” at the Nassau Museum in New York with Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and Turner.

New York based, with generational roots in Maine, Prey has exhibited in Maine for 40 years where she maintains a studio. A key figure in American painting, her work is included in major public collections including The National Gallery of Art, The White House, The Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Kennedy Space Center and United States Embassies worldwide. For the past 10 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.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit barbarapreyprojects.com or call 207-372-8087.

“Red, White and Blue,” a watercolor on paper by Barbara Ernst Prey.