BATH — The Chocolate Church Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit Three Artists Three Visions from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16.

Evelyn Dunphy, Anne Heywood and Ed McCartan will greet guests and answer questions about this exhibit that highlights the distinctly different interpretations these artists glean from their natural environments. The show runs through July 29.

Dunphy lives in mid-coast Maine and has become known for her poetic landscapes and dramatic still-life watercolors. She teaches watercolor classes in her studio in West Bath, as well as in Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, Cuba and Belgium. She has designed and created intricate hand-appliqué wall hangings displayed in galleries in New York and Connecticut, including a commission for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

“My principle focus is watercolor although I also use pastels and fluid acrylics, sometimes incorporating more than one medium in a painting,” said Dunphy. “I’m particularly fascinated with transparent watercolor; the flow of the pigment on damp paper and the beautiful natural effect when specifically chosen different pigments meet and interact with each other.”

Heywood is an American realist painter. Author and illustrator of the book “Pastels Made Easy,” Heywood is an Eminent Pastelist and Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her writings and art have been published in magazines such as Australian Artist Magazine and Pastel Journal.

“Creating a mood, feeling, or thought with my art is very important to me, and I enjoy doing so in a realistic style. Since I explore my subjects by ‘visually thinking’ with black and white sketches before beginning a piece, I am not strictly limited to painting what I see,” she said.

McCartan’s works represent exploration of botanical and gestural imagery. He utilizes many different styles, and often uses double images creating the “dialogue” between the different areas of the work. Small natural forms, twigs, ferns and flowers leave room for experimentation with sumi-like strokes and lines and the layering of glazes throughout the composition.

The Chocolate Church Art Gallery is located at 804 Washington St. and open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday.

FMI: 207-442-8455.

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