Ernst Prey’s annual ‘Print Show’

Jul 02, 2014
Barbara Ernst Prey’s watercolor “The Collection” has been selected by the U.S. State Department as the invitation image for every U.S. Ambassador and Embassy July 4th celebration worldwide.

Port Clyde — Blue Water Fine Arts will present “Barbara Ernst Prey: The Print Show” featuring a series of 20 prints released last year, Thursday, July 3, through July 20. Prints of “Hydrangeas” (collection Bush Presidential Library) and “Family Portrait” (collection The Brooklyn Museum), produced in collaboration with U.L.A.E., which produces prints of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, are included in the exhibit, as are prints of her iconic painting “Patriot” and her NASA-commissioned work.

Prey’s prints are in U.S. Embassies worldwide as well as many prominent collections including those of the White House, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks. Her work "Parade Route" is currently on view at the U.S. Embassy in Hong Kong; a print of "Parade Route" is part of the Print Show. Also included in the exhibit is a selection of small originals offering a preview of Prey’s upcoming annual exhibit.

Prey is the only visual artist appointed by the President to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Prey graduated from Williams College, where she studied with Lane Faison, and has a master’s degree from Harvard University, where she was able to continue her art history studies. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Henry Luce Foundation grant that enabled her to travel, study and exhibit extensively in Europe and Asia. She is an art blogger for The Huffington Post, a frequent lecturer and an arts advocate as well as adjunct faculty at Williams College.

Blue Water Fine Arts, Main Street/Route 131 in the village, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 372-8087 or visit The annual exhibit, “Barbara Ernst Prey: American Contemporary 40 Years Painting Maine,” will run from July 19 through August.

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

Barbara Ernst Prey’s painting “Parade Route” has been selected by the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program for exhibit at the U.S. Embassy Residence in Hong Kong. The painting depicts Maine’s Great Schooner Race off Rockland. A new print release of “Parade Route” is currently on exhibit and available for the first time at Prey’s “Print Show.”
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