First Friday with Smith at Bonnie Farmer

Sep 01, 2018
“Crescent Beach At Low Tide” is a painting by Holly Smith, who primarily paints in oils but loves all other painting media.

Rockland — Bonnie Farmer Assemblage Art & Gallery invites the public to the opening reception for September’s featured artist Holly L. Smith Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., during the city’s First Friday Art Walk.

Maine native Smith’s artworks reveal a strong awareness of the many splendors, moods and moments of magical light that occur during all seasons. Her inspiration and ideas often come from plein air studies and sketches, which are used to inform a more painterly approach in the studio. She travels to many of the coastal Maine islands including Monhegan, Eagle Island and Vinalhaven; and also explores coastal peninsulas in the Port Clyde, South Thomaston and the Boothbay areas, searching for that special scene to paint.

“Just being outside in nature is the best way to rejuvenate as an artist,” she said.

Smith is enjoying newfound time to paint daily, since retiring from teaching high school art and photography in the Rockland school system for more than 31 years. This fall, she will teach an adult education class in watercolor at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Maggie Blue also will be at the gallery Friday night and all day Saturday, Sept. 8, selling her fused glass jewelry. Three-dimensional assemblage art by Bonnie Farmer and newly displayed abstract paintings by Jill Caldwell also will be on view.

Bonnie Farmer Assemblage Art & Gallery is located in the South End, at 166 Main St. Hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and/or by appointment; call 542-2679. Plenty of parking is available.

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

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