Group Art Exhibition at Rutherford Library

“Lillies by the Cove” by Susan Bartlett Rice. (Photo courtesy of Rutherford Library)

South Bristol Rutherford Library is delighted to announce its first ever group art exhibition to be held at the library during the month of August.

The opening will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. Light refreshments will be served and works by artists will be offered for sale. Participating artists from South Bristol include Steve Busch, Sally Loughridge, Kay Miller, Susan Bartlett Rice and Joy Vaughan.

Busch’s paintings are often in an imaginative narrative form incorporating maritime themes that invite the viewer to consider the possibilities within, such as his “Castaway on Monhegan”, which is on display at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. He paints in oils both in his south Bristol studio and outdoors.

Loughridge is a permanent resident of South Bristol who describes her artistic work as reflecting her attraction to the juxtaposition of natural elements – sky, sea and land – and the rich contrasts of colour, value, texture and temperature. that these intersections bring. His works can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Archipelago in Rockland, and One Sixty Five, The Inn on Park Row in Brunswick, as well as solo and juried exhibitions along the Midcoast.

Miller began her formal artistic exploration, primarily watercolors, by taking adult education classes in Concord, NH A career as a teacher took her to travel the world, and she took her artistic interest with her .

“Art has always been with me, it connects all the places I’ve been. Walking outdoors brings me closer to nature and brings my botanical monotypes to life,” Miller said.

Bartlett Rice’s oil paintings are autobiographical and reflect the contrasts, challenges and comforts of year-round living on the coast of Maine. His modern work reflects an era almost bygone. Through her paintings of local architecture, the working waterfront and family farming, she colorfully depicts longstanding traditions in contemporary times.

Vaughan is an artist and teacher of the creative process. She has lived in South Bristol for exactly 50 years after arriving there in 1972. Her paintings, although mostly abstract, are inspired by the landscape and weather of Maine.

The library is pleased to sponsor this show of very talented artists and anticipates that it will be the first of many such events in the future. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The library is located at 2000 Route 129 in South Bristol. For more information, call 644-1882.

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