Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Acadia Invitational III at Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor

"Acadian Summer"
12x24 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
Available at Argosy Gallery as part of the Acadia Invitational Exhibition

This weekend marks the opening of the Acadia Invitational III exhibition for Argosy Gallery in 
Bar Harbor, Maine.  I'm proud to be one of thirty nationally-recognized artists participating.  Every few years, the gallery invites a select number of artists to paint in and around Acadia National Park and to then present these works in a show that runs for over a year.  You can see the three paintings I will be exhibiting in this post.

From the Argosy Gallery website:
On July 29 we will open the Third Acadia Invitational at the Bar Harbor Inn. This event, our most ambitious yet, features thirty distinguished artists, ninety fine paintings and fifteen awards, all to celebrate our region's striking and celebrated landscape. The exhibition and sale will be open to the public Saturday, the 29th, from 2-5 pm, and Sunday, the 30th, from 9 am - 6 pm. Everyone is also welcome to the Saturday evening reception; please contact the gallery for information and an invitation. After this opening weekend, the paintings will be on display at the Argosy II throughout the season.
When the first announcement of the Invitational appeared in the Nov/Dec issue of American Art Review, half a dozen artists called about entering. It certainly caught their eye. However, invitations and acceptances had been completed long before then. Participating artists, each of whom will have visited and painted in Acadia by the time of the show, come from eleven states and four countries. Twelve have been in one or both of the earlier Acadia Invitationals, eighteen will be new to this special show. We anticipate it being one of the most important landscape shows in the country this year.
The Bar Harbor Inn is located at 1 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor, Maine.  Argosy II is located on the Bar Harbor town green at 6 Mt Desert Street.  For details, contact the gallery at 207-288-9226 or send email to info@argosygallery.com.

Trina and I will be at the opening reception on Saturday night.  We hope you will be among the guests!

"At the Edge"
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
Available at Argosy Gallery as part of the Acadia Invitational Exhibition

"The Schooner Margaret Todd"
12x16 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
Available at Argosy Gallery as part of the Acadia Invitational Exhibition

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