Searsport Historical Society will host its sixth annual art exhibit, “Local Artists — Local History,” Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Union Hall, Union Street. The show offers an assortment of original works by neighbors and friends and a chance to mingle with local artists and community.

Because Searsport has been home to so many noteworthy artists — Waldo Peirce, Dolly Smith, Lionel Sylvester, Gertrude Gordon and Norma Rubin — it is no surprise that this year’s lineup features about 40 local artists.

Each year the art show committee, co-chaired by Mary Brann and Faith Garrold, selects a particular citizen to interview and feature on the Union Hall stage. This year there is a retrospective of work by Anne Spencer, whose formal classroom art training began at Wilson College with studio oil and graphics, followed by rapid-technique ink and watercolor sketching. Later studies in art history, theory and criticism, aesthetics and techniques at the University of Maine enhanced her interest in learning both realistic and abstract approaches to design and composition.

Spencer has lived in Maine almost 40 years where she has practiced occupational therapy and pursued her love of watercolor nationally and internationally. A plein air painter, she is a long-time member of the Bangor Art Society and has exhibited her paintings in Bangor, Blue Hill, Brooks, Rockland, Searsport, Bucksport, Unity and Bar Harbor, as well as locations out-of-state.  She currently teaches introductory watercolors.

“My paintings are my statement on what I see and feel. Color is my passion and line is my definition, essential components of space in my paintings,” she said of her work.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or