Opening Reception:
Friday, August 19, 2022 – 5:00-6:30 PM
The exhibit continues through September 9, 2022

The RFA will host a reception for the work of celebrated plein air artist Michael Vermette at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the RFA Lakeside Theater, on Friday August 19, from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Enjoy cash bar (beer/wine) and meet the artist.

50 PLUS One is a wilderness journal of Michael E. Vermette that chronicles his two-week visiting artist program on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in 2020. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry selected Indian Island artist Michael E. Vermette, on the year of their 50th anniversary, to be their inaugural visiting artist and capture the beauty of the waterway from Lock Dam cabin on Chamberlain Lake. His book “50 PLUS One is a result of this two-week residency, 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 Reception. Michael will also have several of his plein air watercolor paintings as part of this exhibit.

Michael has facilitated our 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.

FMI on our 2022 Plein Air Workshops click HERE or call (207) 864-5000.