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 featuring the works of mother-daughter duo Peggy Joubert Ernst and Barbara Ernst Prey. “Gender Bender: Two Generations” opens Monday, Aug. 15, and runs through Monday, Sept. 5.

Joubert Ernst was head of the design department at the prestigious Pratt Art Institute in New York City, and a celebrated artist well known for her textile designs (Peggy Joubert Designs) that appeared on fabrics around the world (featured in this exhibition). She also painted on her travels in the 1940s to ’60s and the exhibition includes a pairing of Prey’s and Ernst’s on site paintings. Barbara Prey is an internationally acclaimed artist famous for her titanic watercolors and keen eye for the American landscape. Prey grew up surrounded by her mother’s artwork, painting alongside her in their New York studio and on site, her aesthetic sensibilities shaped at an early age.

This unique exhibition features a selection of Joubert Ernst’s paintings and textile patterns juxtaposed against Prey’s own now-iconic works including “The Pairing,” a painting of two fishing dories painted in Carver Harbor, Vinalhaven — the harbor named after one of her mother’s ancestors (Joubert Ernst’s family were some of the first settlers of Midcoast Maine) — a connection from her past to present.

“I’ve been fortunate this year to have my artwork included in museum exhibitions with artists I’ve admired and whose work has influenced mine including Titian, Matisse, Klee, Miro, Pollock, Picasso… but the greatest influence was my mother,” Prey said. “Mass MoCA recently commissioned me to paint the largest watercolor in the world for their new space, alongside Louise Bourgeoise, James Turrell and Robert Rauschenberg. At age 16 I didn’t want to compete with my mother who did amazing oil paintings so I chose to paint in watercolor.”

Also included in the exhibition are “Late Afternoon” and “High Ground”  just back from a New York museum exhibition, “Impressionism: A World View,” with Degas, Renior, Cassatt, Turner, Pissaro and other major artists.

Prey’s paintings are in the private collections of U.S. Presidents and dignitaries, business titans, European royalty and celebrities, as well as the prominent public collections of The National Gallery of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kennedy Space Center and the The White House, where she is one of two living female artists represented, among many other institutions. For the past 12 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. Artists are appointed for their contributions and recognition in American art.

“It is a painter’s job to notice, and to draw out the nuance and light in what the rest of us ignore. Prey has that eye and hand… what she makes touches the divine and has staying power.” – The Boston Globe

Father/son artists are commonplace — it is much rarer to see a mother/daughter artist pairing. The exhibit “Over the Horizon: What’s Next” also continues through Labor Day at Barbara Prey Projects. Visit barbarapreyprojects.com.