The 15th annual American Impressionist Society’s National Juried Exhibition is underway at the Abend Gallery in Denver, Colo., bringing together talented artists from throughout the country. There were more than 1,600 entries to the 2014 exhibition, and a panel of six judges chose only 135 to be part of their prestigious fall show. Three of them are represented by Camden Falls Gallery — Aline Ordman, Jonathan McPhillips and Peter Yesis.

Ordman has been with the gallery for more than a decade, and her piece “Liliana’s Living Room” is an excellent representation of her colorful style and her ability to illuminate a particular moment in the human experience. She developed an early love affair with pastels, influenced by Degas, Marie Cassatt and Berthe Moriscot, as well as by American Impressionists John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, before finding her passion for oils.

Yesis and McPhillips are relative newcomers to the gallery. Yesis’ paintings are rooted in realism but rendered in a softened style that leaves space for thought and reflection. His contribution to the National Juried Exhibition, “Whitewater,” allows the viewer to individually interpret the mood and feel of the scene and to actively participate in the natural energy of the waves. A New Jersey native living in Searsport, Yesis joined Camden Falls in late spring.

Rhode Islander McPhillips, who joined this summer, spends his time chasing available light and air, allowing the natural ebb and flow of the world around him to influence what he paints. He strives to capture the distinct, engaging atmosphere of a time and a place, a concept that is captured well in his AIS piece, “Time and Motion.”

Their work, along with the pieces by their fellow impressionists, will be on display at the Abend Gallery until Nov. 1. For those who cannot get to Denver to catch the AIS exhibition, Camden Falls Gallery is hosting a show a little closer to home. In recognition of their accomplishments this year, the gallery is showcasing the work of these three artists through the month of October. Each captures the gorgeous coast of Maine and its beautiful landscapes in amazing ways.

Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, is open daily; fall hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 470-7027 or email; or visit, where information on these and other gallery artists may be found.

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