Maine artists gather in 1958 to discuss the formation of the Maine Art Gallery in the former Wiscasset Academy building. From left, Ruth Lepper Gardner, William Thon, Gustav Tenggren, Dahlov Zorach Ipcar, Mildred Burrage and Margaret Conan. Photo courtesy Collections of Maine Historical Society.

In honor of its 65th anniversary, the opening party for the Maine Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, “Generations,” will be a special event. All are invited to join the festivities from 4 to 7 p.m. May 6. Maine art writer and guest curator Carl Little will offer brief remarks to introduce the show. The celebration, with music by jazz guitarist David Lawlor, will include wine and light appetizers.

The “Generations” exhibition has three parts: work by select artists from the gallery’s early years, an invitational of contemporary artists and a juried show of current members.

The painting “Blue Sails” by Jillian Herrigel represents work by one of the contemporary artists in the Maine Art Gallery 65th anniversary exhibition. Courtesy of the artist.

“The exhibition represents the evolving, intergenerational, and vital Maine art scene,” says Little.    

During the course of the show, several artist talks will expand upon the art on display.

Maine state historian Earle Shettleworth and art restorer Peter Fogg will discuss their personal memories of gallery founder Mildred Burrage at 5 p.m. May 18.

Artist and writer Robert Beck will talk about painting the working maritime community and practical matters of making a living as an artist at 4 p.m. May 24.

In the final talk of this series, at 5 p.m. June 1, David Etnier, son of Steven Etnier, one of the Maine Art Gallery’s founding artists, will share his experiences photographing many of Maine’s most accomplished artists. Twenty-one of his black-and-white portraits are featured in the show.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Visit for details.

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