Emily Brown’s new exhibit “Drawings and Re-Collections” will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, Aug. 5 in the Clifford Gallery of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. Waterfall Arts chose Brown’s work to be part of Where to Draw the Line: The Maine Drawing Project, a statewide, year-long series of exhibitions dedicated to the medium of drawing organized by the Maine Curators’ Group.

Brown, well-known for her large and exquisite ink wash drawings of forests and water surfaces, has developed a new body of work for the exhibit combining drawings of Maine’s inland landscape with historic collage elements in a fresh dynamic of energy and poetry.

“The works are of two sorts: simple black and white drawings; and multimedia collages. The large unframed ink wash pieces, characteristic of my work for the past 12 or so years, are drawn from surfaces and textures in the natural world,” she said.

The materials in the collages derive from a very personal source — her affection for rural Midcoast Maine, her summer home for four decades. Strong traces of the early agricultural society remain throughout the area and within the family’s Montville house.

“Minor remnants of lives before us have lingered in drawers with no clear use, small unlikely treasures interesting enough to save. They remind us of our affectionate curiosity about past generations here. Last year, I began putting some old incomplete drawings and prints based on Maine’s landscape to new use, combining disparate parts. Some of the ephemera have entered this mix of specifics in intuitively found new orders,” she said.

A resident of Philadelphia and Montville, Brown has taught extensively. Her work is included in museum collections throughout the northeast, in Tokyo and at the U.S. Embassy in Kajakhstan. She will give an artist’s talk Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.; and will lead a two-day drawing workshop Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. More information can be found at waterfallarts.org and emilybrown.net.

The Corridor Gallery at Waterfall Arts currently hosts artwork by members of the LINC and Waterville Social Clubs. The clubs are supported by Motivational Services which offers programs to meet the needs of people with severe and prolonged mental illness and funded by DHHS and the United Way. Natasha Mayers, the curator of this exhibit, has conducted art workshops at the LINC Club in Augusta and at the Waterville Social Club since 1981.

The candid and original drawings and paintings in this exhibit reflect joy, pain, bemusement, despair, hope, passion, curiosity — the full range of human vision and responses. The work speaks from the heart, with graphic eloquence, intensity and immediacy; it moves us to a deeper appreciation of both the uniqueness and the commonality of human experience. All work is for sale.

Both exhibits continue through Sept. 23. Waterfall Arts Belfast hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and by appointment. For more information on programs, exhibitions, residencies and events, visit the website or call 338-2222.

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