“Harbor in Orange and Violet” by Peter Bodnar III
New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven opens a midsummer show on Saturday, July 19, featuring work by Cat Bates, Peter Bodnar III, Pam Johnson, and David Smus. A panel discussion with the artists will be held in the Windy Way Barn at 4:30 p.m. with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The work of each artist is rooted in tradition. Bates’ hand-cast bronze jewelry is inspired by the forms of nautical hardware, with hand-crafted cording and knotting of marlinspike seamanship. Bodnar’s island landscape paintings combine nineteenth century color glazing techniques with contemporary materials and composition. Johnson is a mentor-trained artist whose beautifully balanced paintings of island views are achievements of color and composition. Smus is a wildlife scientist known for his life-like cast bronze representations of the birds and animals of the Maine habitat. The exhibition will run through August 6. For more information visit neweragallery.com or call 863-9351.