The Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery exhibit by Michael Vermette is on display until Sept. 9th. Michael E. Vermette double majored in Painting and Printmaking at the Maine College of Art, receiving his B.F.A Painting degree in 1980. He is a full-time painter who is recently retired from K-12 Maine Indian Art Education after 35 years. Recently Michael has won the Joseph Santoro Memorial Award at the New England Watercolor Society where he is a signature member. He was also the inaugural Allagash Wilderness Waterway artist–in-residence and has published a book called 50 Plus One, that chronicles his two-week immersion experience into this 92-mile waterway and the 50 plus paintings that he created within the two-week program.  The gallery show is of those 51 original paintings and they are all for sale.

In his book you can view 53 color plates of his oil and watercolor plein air paintings and explore this extraordinary 92-mile wild river system through his writings as he plans, teaches, engages, and visually captures imagery that imprints itself on the modern Maine consciousness. His book will be available for viewing and purchase at the Opening Reception. Michael will also have several of his plein air watercolor paintings as part of this exhibit.

Michael has facilitated the RFA’s Summer Plein Air Artist Workshops over the last few years. He is retiring this year from public school art education. He also teaches plein air painting to high school students who are selected for the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program through the Friends of Baxter.

The RFA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation “Bringing the Arts to Life” in the Rangeley Lakes Region. For more information or to find their complete schedule of events, visit



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