Fall art opening at the Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery

The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery presents two local artists at a vernissage on Friday, September 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

John Bisignano (posthumous; 1929-2021) of Owls Head.

John used art to communicate the abundant beauty of nature’s organization and form. This show will bring a unique perspective to the viewer of the beauty that is the Midcoast. John’s designs think outside the box and bring a sense of surprise and wonder. John grew up in abject poverty, while keeping his passion for art alive. Midway through his life, he moved to central coastal 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 glass artist. Heather tends to gravitate toward nature and free-form objects; very rarely will you see her framing something. His show will be a mix of sea life and avian pieces. She is an itinerant 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 of 2 children, her husband and five cats.

This art exhibit will be on display through December 3 (open house) at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St. in Rockland. The galleries are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on public holidays, and Saturday 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 contact info@mainecoastislands.org or call 594-0600 x5114.

William E. Bennett