Akers opens ‘Wonders of the Sea’

Jul 09, 2017
“The Cove” is a Gary Akers egg tempera on panel.

South Thomaston — Gary Akers will present his annual exhibition "Wonders Of The Sea," a collection of 20 new paintings in watercolor and egg tempera, at the Green Schoolhouse Gallery, a restored one-room Finnish school located two miles down the St. George Peninsula on Route 131 (414 St. George Road).

The opening reception is Saturday, July 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Akers will be present to meet visitors and discuss his work; and there will be refreshments with live music. The exhibition begins July 15 and will run through Sept. 17, open everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of America’s foremost contemporary realists, Akers is recognized for his expertise in watercolor, drybrush and egg tempera. The Kentucky-born artist's subjects include the rural and coastal landscape, as well as still lifes. Akers is particularly known for his highly-worked egg temperas.

Akers has been awarded numerous awards, including the American Watercolor Society, the oldest (founded in 1866) and most prestigious in America, of which he is a signature member. His watercolor "Days Gone By" has been accepted for the 150th annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.

The artist has been painting in Maine every summer since he received an international grant in 1976 (only four awarded worldwide) from the Greenshields Foundation of Montreal to further his egg tempera work. This year, Akers has been invited to exhibit his egg temperas and watercolors in "Way Of The Land: The Farm Story," an invitational for important artists with connections to Kentucky, July 29 to Oct. 22 at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Owensboro, Ky.

Akers' work has been included in the collections of the White House; a number of museums; the Ross Collection New York City; Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, United States Embassy Bamako; Jamie Wyeth; and Christina Baker Cline. Akers also has exhibited at many museums. Two major books of his art have been published, each with more than 100 images: "Kentucky: Land of Beauty"; and "Memories of Maine." Over the past two decades, Akers has been featured in many books and periodicals including The Art of Watercolour, an international publication from Paris, France; Fine Art Connoisseur; American Artist; American Art Collector; and Maine Home + Design.

Akers alternates his residence and studio between bluegrass Kentucky and a private Midcoast island. For more information or for appointment, call (859) 250-0278 or visit garyakers.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“Quiet Moments” is a watercolor by Gary Akers.
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