Artist reception at Maine Coastal Islands

Jul 26, 2014
Photo by: Leslie Stager Local photographer Leslie Stager will have her first show at the Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery.

Rockland — The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery at the National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will open a new show featuring three new artists with a First Friday Art Walk reception Aug. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Meryl Learnihan from Catskill, N.Y., has worked as a fine artist and illustrator for more than 40 years. She paints landscapes and animals in a traditional, representational style, with the goal of capturing nature’s incredible beauty and serenity.

Katharine Woodman-Maynard is an artist, designer and animator based in the mountains of western Maine. Her illustration style resembles woodcuts, although they are in fact digitally drawn with a tablet and stylus. When she was first introduced to using a drawing tablet, she hated it, but now Woodman-Maynard has embraced the speed, ability to experiment and ease of erasing that it allows.

In her first photo exhibit, “Earth Reveries,” Leslie Stager of Rockland captures images ranging from unexpected wildlife encounters to unusual impressions of the natural world.  Stager enjoys exploring natural visions that often unnoticed except through the lens of her camera.

The art gallery is housed in the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 9 Water St., in the South End, a couple of blocks from downtown. The center is the large white building across from Terra Optima, where Water Street and Main Street/Route 73 meet. Regular hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

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