FARMINGTON — The University of Maine Farmington Art Gallery, 246 Main St., will host its season-opening show, “Nocturnes” by painter and printmaker Michel Droge.

This exhibition of new large oil paintings runs from Sept. 8 to Oct. 9. The opening reception is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, with a conversation with the artist at 5:30. These events are free and open to the public.

In “Nocturnes” Michel Droge approaches the qualities of night that evoke feelings of the sublime — the powerful and disorienting diminution of the self absorbed by the vastness and impenetrability of the deep night sky and ocean. Climate change and its effect on coastal communities are concerns at the heart of Droge’s work — beneath the mystery and melancholy of her darkly luminous environments runs the artist’s insistent question of how to represent what cannot (yet) be clearly seen?

Droge exhibits internationally. She conducts research in Maine’s island and coastal communities along with her students at the Maine College of Art (MECA).

Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and by appointment.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at [email protected] or 2778-1062 or visit the