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'Rocks and Water' Paintings and Prints on View July 1-31

Story posted June 21, 2007

"Rocks and Water: Paintings and Prints by Virginia S. Minot" will be on view July 1 through July 31, 2007, in Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge, on the Bowdoin College campus.

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Balcon de Europa, acrylic collage.

An opening reception with the artist will be held Sunday, July 1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., in Lancaster Lounge. The public is welcome and admission is free.

The works of painter and printmaker Virginia S. Minot reflect her fascination with the rough texture of rocks, from an old farmhouse's granite steps to stone walls in a French hilltown. Water is also a favorite theme, as is reflected in her artworks of Maine harbors and European rivers.

"My ideas come from all over," she explains. "But Maine is in my bones."

A Maine native, Minot was born in Portland, attended Mount Holyoke College, and lived for a time in New York. Her desire to make art increased after she married writer Stephen Minot and started a family. Professor Minot taught for a time at Bowdoin College, then moved on to Trinity College, where Virginia studied printing techniques. She also studied at the Maryland Institute and Scripps College. She now continues her art career in California, where her husband is chairman of creative writing at the University of California-Riverside. The couple summers in Harpswell.

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Obidos View, collagraph plate.

Locally, Virginia Minot's prints and paintings have been shown at the Sebascodegan Gallery, Great Island; the Chocolate Church Center for the Arts, Bath; and the Maine Artists Gallery, Wiscasset.

Her work has also been published in the book Monhegan, the Artists' Island, as well as in various magazines and on the cover of her husband's recent textbook Three Genres.

"Both prints and paintings reflect our summers in Maine as well as the hilltowns and landscapes I love in France," says the artist.

Hours of the exhibition "Rocks and Water" are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

For more information call 207-725-3375.

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