Prey shows ‘New Oil Paintings and Prints’

Jul 03, 2018
“Weatherbeaten” is a 2018 oil on panel by Barbara Ernst Prey.

Port Clyde — Barbara Prey Projects celebrates the new season with “Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints” featuring two distinct series: never before seen small oil paintings; and newly released limited edition prints.

Prey was commissioned by contemporary art museum MASS MoCA to paint the largest watercolor in the world for its new building, which opened last year. In between the museum commission, Prey painted the small on-site oil paintings, which she said was a new direction in her career.

For the past four decades, Prey has been known for her saturated watercolors that operate as a record of the artist’s constant engagement with the multifaceted, ever-changing American landscape. The Village View and Island series of oils are a synthesis of her dialog with Port Clyde and coastal surroundings over the course of 40 years. New print releases include “Acadia” (the original is on view at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor), “Gallantly Streaming” (currently on exhibit at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations with prominent placement in the lobby) and “Family Portrait” (collection The Brooklyn Museum); a newly released print of the MASS MoCA commission; and prints of her NASA commissioned work.

This show runs through Saturday, July 14, the next day will see the opening of Prey’s annual exhibit, “Earth, Sea, Sky (South).” Gallery hours at Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Port Clyde Road/Route 131, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and by appointment. For more information, call 372-8087; email; or visit

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

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