Paintings by Liberty artist Kris Engman are on display through Labor Day at Savory Maine Restaurant, 11 Water St. The public is invited to a reception for the artist Friday, Aug. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Savory Maine will provide sweet and savory finger foods, and wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Although Engman’s artistic focus was as a sculptor for 25 years, for more than a decade she has painted the Maine landscape and what she defines as “the simplest of still lifes.” Specific design elements are the basis for applying color in her landscape and still life painting — patterns, repetitions, grids and dots. Perspective and overlapping provide obvious avenues to shallow space. Often, a limited palette imitates the seasonally shifting color behaviors in the terrain in and around Waldo County.

Because of an interest in sustainable living and a Maine Community Foundation Grant to the Kennebec Valley Arts Association, in 2012 Engman worked in association with Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield to bring attention to local farm life and its significant role for Maine’s future. Her art includes depiction of animals, as well as landscapes.

Engman has exhibited at the Arden Gallery in Boston, the Schmidtberger Fine Arts Gallery in Pennsylvania, the Geras Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco and the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth. In her Belfast studio, she teaches workshops in collaboration with Waterfall Arts in color theory, figure drawing and anatomy, basic drawing and nature drawing. She offers these workshops through River Arts in Damariscotta and at The Engine in Biddeford.  She also teaches drawing, design and painting in the University of Maine Art Department. For more information, visit kerstinengman.com.

Savory Maine is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call 563-2111, check out Savory Maine’s Facebook page or visit savorymainedining.com.

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