Artist captures the ‘Power of the Sea’


NORWAY — Frost Farm Gallery will hold a First Friday reception, meet and greet the artist, on Friday, June 4, for the “Power of the Sea” exhibit featuring maritime and primitive works by Brian Foster.

Live music will be performed by the Oxford Hills High School String Quartet.

Foster was born in Bath, the son of a shipbuilder. After pursuing an engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Foster designed electronic systems for the U.S. Navy before beginning what he describes as his “walk of life,” a journey through a variety of experiences including cabinet making, publishing, farming and working as a chef. His paintings reflect his lifelong environment: the sea.

True to his Bohemian lifestyle, Foster often uses common house paint in his paintings, an effect that amplifies the fundamental emotion generated in his work.

Besides traditional paintings, he produces commissioned room-sized murals, fireplace boards and other works for both private residences and businesses. A seasoned and enthusiastic traveler, he has displayed and sold his works internationally, and is willing to journey to wherever his work calls. His artwork can be seen locally on the exterior walls of the Norway Lake Marina.

Under the direction of Cynthia Wescott, the string quartet will perform selections ranging from jazz to classical, and popular to just plain fun. The group is made up of high-school juniors and seniors.

The reception, which is free, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery at David W. Frost farm, 272 Pikes Hill.

The exhibit and sale will run through Saturday, June 26. First Friday art openings at Frost Farm Gallery are in conjunction with the Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center, Commons Art Collective, Artful Hands Fiber Studio, Norway Memorial Library, McLaughlin Garden and Painted Mermaid Gallery. For more information, call 743-8041.