First Mate
First Mate by Todd Bonita

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming marine exhibition, “Afloat,” which will feature the work of oil painters Todd Bonita, Jonathan McPhillips, and Kirk McBride. An annual August tradition for the gallery, this year’s “boat show” has been scheduled to coincide with the first annual Camden’s Classics Cup. It offers viewers a visual feast by three highly-accomplished oil painters whose passion for all things nautical is conveyed with every brushtroke. As an oil painter, Todd focuses his work on small watercraft, a subject matter that harkens back to his New England coastal childhood.  Bonita writes, “I paint what is familiar to my background… introspective memories of my childhood…they’re contemplative, reflective of where I grew up. I guess I’m digging into my soul.” He adds that, “In the end, my primary goal is a composition that is simple and contemplative – and there is nothing as simple as that subject, the boat.” 

Twilight Crossing
Twilight Crossing by Jonathan McPhillips

Also featured in this exhibition is Jonathan McPhillips. His painting “Twilight Crossing” (of the schooner Appledore in Camden at sundown) was recently accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s 17th annual national juried exhibition, which will take place in Kirkland, Washington this fall. His work was also selected for the AIS national shows in 2013 and 2014. 

Dockside Dinghies
Dockside Dinghies by Kirk McBride

Renowned plein air painter Kirk McBride is the third artist whose work is to be featured in “Afloat.” His work has been juried into numerous exhibitions including “Paint Annapolis,” Plein Air Easton, and The Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational. He was also was recently elected as a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists.

“Afloat” will run from July 23 through mid-August at Camden Falls Gallery, which is open from 10am-8pm daily. The gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit

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