Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, painting by Barbara Chase, will be on view Sept. 14 through Nov. 5 at Monkitree, 263 Water St., in Gardiner. Contributed photo

Monkitree will feature “The Eyes Have It” by Barbara Chase on view Sept. 14 through Nov. 5 at Monkitreem 263 Water St., in Gardiner.

Chase, an acrylic artist living in Waterville paints a wide variety of subjects. In this show she focuses on animals, specifically focusing on the eyes, “I love to find animals, birds and even bees that have distinctive eyes. The beauty in the eyes of other species serves to remind us that all living creatures have an equally special place in our universe,” Chase said according to a news release from the gallery. Chase likes to present a subject that is staring at the observer, providing an “animal to human” connection.

A portion of the sales of the paintings in this show will be donated to Johnson Hall as part of The Gardiner Creativity Fund Challenge, a program where The Gardiner Creativity Fund will match donations by the creative community toward the capital campaign to renovate the historic Johnson Hall into a state-of-the-art performing arts space. Barbara Chase will also be offering bookmarks for sale with the proceeds going to the Gardiner Creativity Fund Challenge during the length of the show.

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