Fall Art Opening at Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery – Knox County VillageSoup

ROCKLAND — The Coastal Islands Art Gallery of Maine is hosting an art opening featuring two local artists on Friday, September 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The late John Bisignano (1929-2021) of Owls Head used art to communicate the abundant beauty of nature’s organization and form. This show brings a unique perspective to the viewer of the beauty that is the Midcoast. Bisignano’s creations are out of the ordinary and bring a sense of surprise and wonder. Bisignano grew up in abject poverty, while keeping his passion for art alive. Midway through his life, he moved to Midcoast Maine. Prior to his death, he established a memorial scholarship fund through the Maine Community Foundation for students wishing to pursue artistic studies. Sales of artwork from this exhibition will support this fund.

Heather Burgess of Searsport is a stained glass artist. She gravitates toward nature and free-form objects; very rarely will you see her framing something. His show is a mix of sea life and avian pieces. Burgess is a traveling veterinary technician by day and a stained glass artist by night. His aspiration is to own a small glass shop by the ocean. She has a supporting family consisting of a husband, two children and five cats.

This art exhibit is on display until December 3 (which is an open house) at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St. The galleries are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except public holidays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October. All art sales support both the artists and the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information, email info@mainecoastislands.org or call 207-594-0600, ext. 5114.

Heather Burgess’ “Cormorant” lights up in the sunlight streaming through the window.

Bait Shop by John Bisignano.

This “Sea Star” stained glass window by Heather Burgess is mounted on a piece of driftwood.

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