Artist Nancy Morgan-Barnes will be the focus of three events this weekend at Penobscot Marine Museum in connection with the recent opening of “A Sense of Place,” an exhibit of her paintings. Local residents and visitors will recognize many of the locales in these oils.

A reception with the artist will be held Friday, June 11, at 6 p.m. in the museum’s Main Street Gallery. On Saturday, June 12, she will paint outside the gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., demonstrating her technique and answering questions. Immediately after, she will give a talk about her work.

In “A Sense of Place,” Searsport resident Morgan-Barnes defies the convention of romanticizing New England scenery. Focusing instead on the realities of contemporary life in Maine, she depicts the energy and idiosyncrasies of its ports, pool halls, studios, main streets and sporting events with dark colors, bold brushwork and surprising perspectives and points of view.

Friday’s reception is sponsored in part by Bangor Savings Bank. All events are free and take place in the Main Street Gallery in the museum’s visitors’ center at 40 E. Main St./Route 1. “A Sense of Place: Paintings by Nancy Morgan-Barnes” runs through June 27.

Also on view at Penobscot Marine Museum, which opened for the season over Memorial Day weekend, is “Inside the Box – the Art of Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau,” an exhibit of dioramas depicting scenes of maritime lore and legend from Maine’s past. A native of Brittany, France, Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau crafts intricate dioramas (also known as shadowboxes) based on history and stories from Maine’s islands and remote coastal communities. Maritime disasters, lighthouse keepers, legends of ghost ships and tales of long-ago island celebrations are depicted with whimsical imagination and a touch of mystery.

“Inside the Box” runs through Sept. 10, after which the artist’s work will be exhibited at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor.

Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to the state’s largest display of historic boats and outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, ship models and historic photography. Its campus, including 19th-century ship captains’ homes, boat houses, a town hall and a carriage house, recreates a bustling coastal village during the Age of Sail. Activities and exhibits for children and year-round adult programs make it a special place for family visits and history enthusiasts.

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