Open House at Refuge Visitor Center Features New Artwork

ROCKLAND, Maine – August 20, 2013

Contact: Carney M. Doucette
[email protected]

9 Water Street, PO Box 1231, Rockland, ME 04841
TEL: 594-0600 X5  or (C): 975-9994

Come view this fall’s exhibition at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, September 6 from 5-8 p.m. during the first Friday Artwalk in Rockland. Meet the artists, enjoy some appetizers and learn more about the conservation work from National Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers.

Russell Wray, a new sculptor to the gallery, has a predominant theme showing the relationship between humans and the other animals.

“Entwined Fates”  by Russell Wray –  basswood, casein paint, string   40″ h. x 35″ w. x 16″ d. The piece depicts a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, entangled in fishing gear, but on another level is about the interconnectedness of humans and right whales, and all the other species.

Blaise Botti, photographer, strives to capture the natural habitat in the hope that people will be aware of the beauty that surrounds them, and they will want to protect it.

Botti Photo: “After a successful fishing hunt, the male osprey prepares to feed their baby osprey.”

Laura Waller is a professional painter right here in Rockland. She recently won Best of Show in a statewide Florida juried exhibition featuring three of her oil paintings of Maine.


“Approaching the Harbor” oil painting of Camden Harbor by Laura Waller

Lori Davis captures spectacular moments in nature and brings them back to share with others, hoping her photographs will educate as well as inspire her audience.

Preening Puffin Portrait by Lori Davis

The visitor center is located in the south-end of town and is housed in the old Captain Snow house, the large white building just behind Triangle Park where Water Street and Route 73 meet.  The visitor center and art gallery also are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This exhibition will be up through October, 2013.

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