As part of its alternative gallery program, Thos. Moser’s flagship showroom at 149 Main St. has opened “The Best of Maine Contemporary Art,” which includes paintings by locally and nationally recognized artists. The exhibition, running through Oct. 12, is in collaboration with local art dealer Kevin Tierney of Maine Art Collectors.

This year’s collection boasts an impressive presentation of museum-quality pieces, ranging from quintessential and abstract Maine landscapes, photo realism paintings of aerial views of Boston and abstract expressionism to mixed media compositions. Many paintings were exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art and the University of New England Museum of Art. Prices range from $3,000 to $130,000, with the entire exhibit priced at more than $2 million.

Since the flagship showroom opened in 1998, it has regularly exhibited art and has become a recognized and leading venue for art exhibitions in Maine. In the past 10 years, the quality and diversity of exhibiting artists has increased, said Laurie Perzley, art curator of the Thos. Moser Freeport showroom.

“This year’s caliber of artists and range of artwork are truly spectacular, our first exhibit of such stature,” Perzley said.

Among the works on display are those by Midcoast artists Eric Hopkins of North Haven, Maine, Connie Hayes of Rockland, Lois Dodd and Bernard Langlais of Cushing, Charles DuBack of St. George and Neil Welliver of Lincolnville. Also represented are Joel Babb, Thomas Crotty, William Manning, Philip Barter, Tom Curry, Lynne Drexler, Stephen Etnier, James Fitzgerald, Jill Hoy, Scott Moore, Marguerite Robichaux, Judy Taylor and Michael Zigmond.

Regular hours at the Thos. Moser Showroom are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 865-4519.

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