“A-crow-pella,” whimsical watercolor paintings by Glenn Felch inspired by the pernicious presence of Belfast’s crow population, is on display in the Kramer Gallery of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., for the month of February. Adding to the viewers’ enjoyment, the paintings have titles that light-heartedly make a play on words, such as “Acro(w)bat” and “Cro(w)quet,” as well as the show’s title.

For the last two years, Felch and his wife have been part-time residents of Belfast and have enjoyed sampling the varied seasons. Throughout the fall of 2008, Felch was

particularly amused by the activity of eight or nine crows whose territory included his backyard and neighboring Wales Park. During his many walks through town, he noticed how the crows, silhouetted against the splash of autumn colors, provided distinct punctuation marks to the luminescent townscapes.

These paintings represent a playful reprieve from Felch’s more serious art. In 2007, he became Professor Emeritus of Studio Art after devoting several decades to teaching a wide range of studio courses at Principia College in Elsah, Ill., across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. During those same years, he participated in professionally oriented regional and national art competitions, winning a number of awards including an Illinois Percent For the Arts commission. He also prepared numerous one-person exhibitions.

A significant part of his career as a professional educator included designing and directing 10-week long student-centered painting trips that focused on the French colonial culture of the St. Louis area, northern Maine, Quebec, New Orleans and, of course, France. In his early years as a college art teacher, Felch conducted painting workshops that were based in Stonington.

For two years of the Vietnam War, Felch served as a U.S. Army Artist with assignments in Thailand and Fort Bliss, Texas. He received his master of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He and his wife are in the midst of establishing their permanent residence, studios and gallery in Ellsworth.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.