The public is invited to an opening reception for painter Jerri Finch’s new exhibition, “Balance,” Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. The exhibit of oil paintings, landscapes both real and imagined, will be on display in the library’s Picker Room throughout October.

“Balance” manifests Finch’s latest explorations in color and harmony, tension and release, and also will be the subject of an illustrated talk at the reception. Finch, who resides in Belfast, is known for creating intensely saturated oil paintings and graphic imagery celebrating both the natural and inner worlds.

“When painting, I am a juggler constantly seeking a balance between the intellect and the spirit,” she said.

The first half of Finch’s life as an artist was filled with multiple-piece corporate commissions and full-time sales of her work. After decades spent creating intricate and technically demanding airbrushed fabric paintings, large in both size and scope, her second half finds her delving deep into oils. She said she is relishing working privately and small. In the past, her pieces were typically 5 by 12 feet, but they now range between 8-by-10 inches and 30-by-40 inches.

“The further exploration of light and color and the relationship between my brush and the canvas is a constant and fascinating pursuit. … I see just how much discord I can get away with. It’s a conscious choice,” she said.

In honor of her 60th birthday this summer, Finch will show a retrospective slideshow at the opening reception.

“I have been blessed with a life filled with growth and positive change. I look forward to the opportunity of sharing this progression,” she said.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or