A still life painting by Elizabeth Palmer. Submitted photo

DAMARISCOTTA — River Arts plans to hold an opening reception for Elaine Abel and Elizabeth Palmer’s gallery show from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the gallery at 36 Elm St. Their show “Realism, Two Views” will be in the River Room gallery Aug. 11-31.

This collaboration displays their unique vision in depicting ordinary objects in extraordinary ways. Realism is their goal and they achieve it in very differently. The show is vibrant, full of color and a delight.

Palmer is a lifelong student of art, beginning at age 5 and continuing through the years at Rochester Museum of Art, Colby College and University of New Hampshire. She has received numerous awards and accolades, most recently being awarded a prize in “The Healing Power of Color” show put on by Manhattan Arts International.

Palmer enjoys both still life and landscape painting. She seeks to use color and light to make her paintings vibrate and dance. In the process, Palmer tries to elevate ordinary objects into the realm of the extraordinary.


Arwork by Elaine Abel. Submitted photo

Abel gathers inspiration from the familiar objects that surround her. A cracked egg from the breakfast table or a pair of blue jeans hanging on a hook — all become exciting subjects asking to be painted. She enjoys exploring a subject, painting it in various settings and looking for new ways to showcase its beauty.

Abel has collectors across the U.S. and recently, in Europe. In 2019 Abel was accepted into the International Guild of Realism. This exhibit exemplifies her work and familiarity.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For additional information, call the gallery at 563-6868 or visit riverartsme.org.


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