The public is invited to an artists’ reception for a new show titled “Seasons” Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marsh River Theater, 24 Monroe Highway/Route 139, Brooks.

In addition to the works that will hang for the duration of the exhibit, there will be small- sized artworks and matted prints available during the reception only. Refreshments will be served.

Belfast watercolorist Linda M. Jewell and Rainy Brooks of Searsport, who works in oils, are celebrating the changing seasons. It seems appropriate timing as we “swing into fall.”  Both artists enjoy and appreciate nature, and this is readily reflected in their many wonderful paintings of the four seasons.

Inspired by the unending variety of subjects to paint that are around them every day, the artists said they feel challenged to try to capture the changing light, broad spectrum of colors and many moods of Maine.

“The fact that four times a year our surroundings change in color, temperature, and textures gives us enthusiasm for creating new works. Our goal is to share our visions with the viewers and hopefully bring that joy, happiness and a peaceful feeling into their lives,” the artists stated.

Both artists have come to painting in a similar way. They have taken classes and workshops, painted profusely and constantly worked to expand their skills and develop their artistic gifts.

Jewell developed a love for watercolors during an adult education course. She has since taken workshops with Lyn Snow, Philip Steel, Jan Kilburn, Nat Lewis, Judith Fischer and the late Carol Sebold. Her subjects are varied and colorfully expressed. Her artwork has garnered numerous awards in juried shows, and many of her pieces can be found throughout the United States and Canada.

Brooks developed a love for the medium of oils while working with art instructor Raymond Lord in Saco. Many of her canvases depict the rural beauty of Maine life. She has shown and sold her work in both Maine and New Hampshire and has collectors as far as Florida and England. Her work has recently been on display in several local shows. Brooks also does works on commission. She is a member of the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation Gallery.

The “Seasons” show will run through Oct. 26. A percentage of all sales go to support the Marsh River Theater. Several performances and events are scheduled at the theater during the exhibit. For more information, call 722-4110.

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