SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Southwest Harbor Public Library features a watercolor painting exhibition by artist, Albert P. Neilson, during the month of June with an artist reception Friday evening, June 5, 5:00 – 7:00.
The sea and the coastline in the Mount Desert Island area have always interested Neilson. He was taught to sail by men who hauled their lobster traps in gaffed-rigged sailboats, hence his experience of the sea was dominated by sailboats and later by active duty in the United States Navy. This was a duty which took him around the world. “The coast of Maine, for me, competes favorably with any that I have seen worldwide. When I began to paint, coastal subjects demanded my attention. Therefore, in this exhibit the vast majority of my paintings have to do with local marine subjects,” says Mr. Neilson.
Born in the 1930s, all of Neilson’s summers have been spent on Mount Desert Island. As a child in school, he always wanted to draw and paint, but no art teacher ever took any interest in his work. After he married, he and his wife began to paint in earnest; first, in acrylics, and later, watercolors. They both enjoyed this immensely. After her death 15 years ago, Mr. Neilson knew he had to continue to paint. What you see now is the result.
For more information about the show or the artist reception, call the Library at 244-7065.