FRIENDSHIP — Photographer Jeremy Barnard and painter Graham Walton combine their efforts in a new show, entitled “Creation from Inspiration,” at Salt Pond Studio, 522 Cushing Road. The exhibition runs from June 29 through July 11.

The opening reception is Sunday, July 3, from 3 to 7 p.m., celebrated with live music by Adrian Piel and guest artists and refreshments by the fire pit. Salt Pond Studio will donate 10% of sold artwork proceeds to the Friendship/Cushing Food Bank.

In this unique coupling of local talent, Barnard draws his inspiration from the everchanging Muscungus. Barnard’s large format works dramatically depict the Maine coast in its light-filled glory. Walton has teamed with this extraordinary photographer to create major works on canvas inspired by these photographs. This exchange has created a dynamic exhibition by two artists whose style and medium could not be more divergent. Shown side by side the works are creations from each other’s inspiration.

Barnard has spent summers in Friendship since early childhood. His captivation with the coast of Maine has been the subject of his black and white photography for many years. From film to the digital age, to the magical qualities derived from infra-red photography, Barnard’s superior eye and craftsmanship have enabled him to capture a near abstraction of form, shape and light in his portrayal of  Maine’s stunning beauty. Maybe artist/writer David Raymond put it best when he wrote in Art New England, “Barnard’s photographs not only convey a sense of place, but a sense of time transcending place…his work is poetic in unexpected ways.”  Visit jeremybarnard.com.

Walton was born and raised in Newcastle. He creates bold, colorful and innovative interpretations of the Maine coast. “I am surrounded by powerful landscapes that are too rich and alive for me to capture with traditional realism,” Walton said. By simplifying compositions and reducing his subjects to evenly spaced patterns, he strives to convey the interwoven nature of man and his environment and to celebrate the energy emanating throughout the Midcoast as we yearn for unity and reverence for these ancestral lands of the Abenaki peoples. Visit grahamwalton.art.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Visit saltpondstudio.com for more information.

“Crotch Island Rays” by Jeremy Barnard.

“Welcome to the Muscungus” by Graham Walton.