Betty Heselton, Ebb Tide (left). Kathleen Perelka, Hope Blueberry Field (right).

ROCKLAND, ME—Fall brings color and beautiful light, subjects Kathleen Perelka and Betty Heselton explore in their artwork. New paintings are currently on display in the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, the Island Institute’s gallery featuring the work of Maine artists. Perelka and Heselton will be featured along with new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

Kathleen Perelka says of her pastel pieces: “Pastel has a sparkle that no other medium can compare to; each little particle reflects both color and light giving the painting a life force of its own…I am most alive outdoors and work almost entirely with landscape; wild places like marshes and blueberry barrens with no homes insight.”

Betty Heselton explores the subtle nature and drama of light as it changes through the seasons. Surrounded by a creative family, Heselton was exposed to drawing, carving, painting and photography throughout her childhood on a small working farm in rural Maine. She developed a keen interest in seeing and documenting the beauty around her, and her oils and acrylics subtly capture her passion for the special places she explores by land and sea.

Parsons’ paintings draws on a strong sense of place – the island of North Haven, as do Denny’s new encaustic works which features places she explores in Penobscot Bay.  Worthington works with fabric creating complex landscapes of Maine’s coastal environment. Coombs displays his supreme talent with glass as he crafts iconic Maine subjects with elegance and simplicity.

You’re invited to visit with many of the artists at the opening reception on Friday, September 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open 7 days a week through December. 


Contact: Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701,