In accordion-book form, a sequence of watercolors unfolds of The Small Boat Regatta in Brooklin. IMAGE COURTESY OF BLUE HILL LIBRARY

Expanding horizon: Watercolors unfold in books, screens

BLUE HILL — “A Changeable Landscape” is the title of Brooklin artist Marcia Stremlau’s show, opening Tuesday, Jan. 4, in the Blue Hill Public library’s Howard Room. Stremlau and the library’s other featured artist Mary Barnes will discuss their work from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 8, at the library.

Stremlau works in ink and watercolor on paper formatted into artist’s books and screens. Her books, in particular, depart from traditional painting as a playful exploration in three dimensions. She cuts, layers and creates collages as part of their construction. Each book has its own horizontal tableau or story. Each is an entirely unique world whether gardens, boats, houses, specific people or animals.

For 25 years, Stremlau has lived and painted on Flye Point in Brooklin. She finds year-round inspiration in the changeable landscape along the granite shoreline, the peninsula’s untamed woods and within her own perennial gardens. Trained at New York’s Art Students League, Lake Erie College, and The College of the Atlantic, she has exhibited her work in Maine and New York City and is a regular participant of The Great Spruce Head Island residency.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours through March and is subject to the Howard Room schedule. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will benefit the library. For more information, contact the library at 374-5515.

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