CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., hosts Midcoast visual artist Jon Byrer for a show of his signature “Puddle Paintings” in the Picker Room Gallery Aug. 2 through 30. The exhibit is an opportunity for the community to see a large collection of Byrer’s work in-person and discover what makes his “liquid moments of thick, swirling paint” so special. The public is invited to meet Byrer at his artist’s reception Saturday, Aug. 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library.

Byrer’s technique for creating his artwork is unique — he doesn’t use brushes, and he never touches the canvas. “Puddle paintings are created by using a cup to pour numerous pools of enamel paint onto the canvas until the entire surface is covered in one glossy layer,” explains Byrer. “As the puddle of paint dries, it develops a glass-like smoothness — freezing the marbled colors and lending a dream-like quality to the images.”

Byrer’s subjects run the gamut from landscapes to portraits to still life. “My goal is to reimagine how to create paintings of familiar scenes of Maine’s magic and capture the splendor of the everyday,” said Byrer.

Byrer graduated from the Maine College of Art where he received a degree in photography and studied fine arts. Byrer creates oil paintings, experimental photography, and watercolor illustrations. More information about Byrer and his work can be found at A portion of sales from Byrer’s art show will benefit the Camden Public Library.

Artist Jon Byrer.

Artwork by Jon Byrer

Artwork by Jon Byrer