As summer hits full stride along the Midcoast, Camden Falls Gallery is showcasing two contemporary realist oil painters Dan Graziano and Peter Yesis, who have homes and studios separated by Penobscot Bay.

Graziano of Castine was born in Chicago and spent his formative years in Los Angeles, absorbing the vibrant maelstrom of cultural and political influences that were wrought during the 1960s and ‘70s.  The layered complexity of the urban landscape has held a fascination for Graziano, as has the passage of time as evidenced by architectural styles side by side in various stages of decay and restoration. He has exhibited this year in New York City at the Salamagundi Club; in 2014, his work was featured at five plein air shows and auctions from Hilton Head, S.C., to Hudson, N.Y.

Yesis, originally a native of New Jersey, works out of his home studio in Searsport. His strong attraction to rugged ledge and swelling surf draws him to hidden coves near Schoodic Point, Acadia and other dramatic locales where he can respond en plein air. The swirling wave and splash patterns of the sea are the intricate focus of his work. Yesis is a member of the International Guild of Realism and Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and Plein Air Painters of Maine.

Both Graziano and Yesis tend to work on canvases of moderate scale. “From Two Sides of The Bay” can be seen through the end of the month at Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 470-7027 or visit

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