Downeast and Acadia featured at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

Phil Laughlin, “Otter Cliffs.”

The late-summer show at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery features two studio artists whose recent works capture the quiet beauty of the Maine coast.

Bonnie LaBelle, “Laid Up in Cranberry Cove.”

Bonnie LaBelle details the intricate interplay of light and shadow of the sea and sky that envelop coastal scenes like our own Blue Hill harbor, which she presents as a marvelous triptych. She also paints Downeast Maine with the authenticity and authority of one who lives there yearround. LaBelle studied oil painting with Edward Harrigan of Rockland, Massachusetts, who was mentored by Paul Strisik.

Phil Laughlin has just brought six fresh works to the gallery, painted recently after a scouting trip to Acadia, where he was impressed with the rugged beauty of the coast and the spectacular summit views. Laughlin trained at the Worcester Museum Art School and began to explore modern realism as a young artist in New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League. He has painted New England since 1986.

This show can be viewed from Aug. 20 through Sept. 20 at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery on Main Street in Blue Hill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, email peter@bluehillbaygallery.com, or call 207-374-5773.

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