Prey extends summer exhibitions

Aug 30, 2017
Barbara Prey applies final touches to her MASS MoCA-commissioned painting before it is framed.

Port Clyde — Exhibition of the most recent work of internationally celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey is extended through Sunday, Sept. 17, due to popular demand. The Barbara Prey Projects gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 855 Port Clyde Road/Route 131.

Taking the viewer from watercolors to oils; the White House to the Space Station; and the architecture of Maine to the interior commission at MASS MoCA, the two ongoing exhibitions capture the artist’s place in American art.

“Inflection Points: 40 Years of Painting Maine” features works that mine a uniquely American vein in which color creates the relationship between narrative and abstract; the result is a tension that is both serene and unnerving.

The drawings displayed in “MASS MoCA: Studies for a Museum Collection” served as references for the world’s largest known watercolor, chronicling the development of Prey’s commission for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. MASS MoCA commissioned her to paint a groundbreaking 8-by-15 foot watercolor for its new Building 6, which opened its doors to the public in May.

The contemporary painter’s work resides in the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the White House permanent collection, the private collections of Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks and in more than 100 American embassies and consulates worldwide.

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

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