Archipelago Fine Arts, the Island Institute’s art gallery at 386 Main St., will feature landscapes by two well-known Maine artists, Brita Holmquist and Herbert Parsons, in its 2010 spring show “Horizons: Views of Penobscot Bay.” The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 19.

Born in New York City, Holmquist spent her early years surrounded and influenced by art, regularly summering on Islesboro. After studying at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and with Richard Serrin in Florence, Italy, she settled in Cumberland, where she lives and works during the winter months. She still spends summers on Islesboro, where she does much of her work, and her familiarity with the islands contributes substantially to her painting. She works in oil pastels and colored pencils.

Holmquist is a co-founder of “10×10,” an annual group of 10 artists, and the Peregrine Press, a cooperative artists’ press. Actively involved in local organizations, she has served on the boards of the Maine Festival, the Portland Arts Council, Artists’ Advisory Panel to the Maine Commission and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art. While primarily a regional artist, Holmquist has exhibited in galleries throughout the country and in Italy. Her work is in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art and Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum; and also is represented in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Parsons, another New York City native, is an artist, writer, teacher and owner of Calderwood Hall Gallery on North Haven who works in oils, pastels and charcoals. He has a bachelor of arts degree in art history from Harvard and a bachelor of fine arts in painting from Yale; and has participated in many other classes at schools across the country. He also has taught extensively on both coasts and has held one-person shows in Maine, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts and California since 1965, along with many group exhibitions.

“My work leans towards subdued tones, grays, overcasts skies, fog, shadows – hopefully to suggest some of the essence of my Maine islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven. When the work goes well I’m sometimes given unexpected, surprising results, and learn something new about myself,” he said.

“Horizons: Views of Penobscot Bay” will run through June 25. Archipelago hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an online image gallery of works featured in this show, visit

For more information, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago manager, at or 596-0701.

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