Sandra Pealer Submitted photo

Main Street Gallery plans to feature Sandra Pealer as its artist of the month for July.

A reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 8 at 426 Main St. in Norway. The public is welcome for refreshments and a chance to meet the artist.

Pealer, who paints from her studio in South Paris, has been painting scenes since 2001, when she first stayed on Monhegan Island (and where she returned frequently to paint).

She says that Maine is a tremendous inspiration, providing light and subject matter for landscapes and still life, particularly flowers and outcroppings of rocks. She enjoys including figures in her work and will feature all of the above in her July exhibition, according to a news release from Western Maine Art Group.

Pealer is a painter who delights in the medium of watercolor. She has painted from home studios in Maine, Vermont, Lake Placid, New York,and West Virginia for more than 49 years.

Pealer has earned signature status in the Philadelphia, West Virginia, North East and Vermont Watercolor societies, and is a sustaining member of the American and National Watercolor Societies. Her work can be found in collections throughout the United States and Canada. Her work may be seen at Birds of a Feather Gallery in Rangeley, River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, and Main Street Gallery, among other venues.

She was featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine as “One of the Best Watermedia Paintings of 2020,” showcased in the February 2021 issue with the painting “Artist at Rest” from WVWS Aqueous Exhibition Best of Show category, and also featured in Watercolor Magazine as “One of the Top 26 Watermedia Paintings of 2016,” showcased in the February 2017 issue with the painting “Landline” from WVWS Aqueous Exhibition Best of Show category.

The Main Street Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit facebook.com/westernmaineartgroup or email [email protected].