A new exhibit featuring gallery members guest artist Steven Stroud will open Friday, July 20, at the Centre St. Arts Gallery in Bath

There will be a wine and cheese reception from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free.

Stroud, a professional artist for more than 40 years, will exhibit paintings of Popham Beach. This is the first showing of his work in Maine, even though he has summered here the past 15 years.

“I fell in love with the area on the first visit and, in particular, Popham Beach,” Stroud said. “I would go there at all times of day and at all tide levels, recording in both photography and sketches the ever-changing landscape.

He said he was particularly taken with the distant island at high tide that transforms, with a biblical parting of the sea, to a rocky outcrop to be explored.

“When the possibility of being a guest artist at the Centre St. Arts Gallery was presented, I knew the ever changing beach would be my principal subject matter,” he said. “Popham at sunrise is as quiet, tranquil and beautiful an area as you will ever find.”  

Stroud grew up in a suburb of Chicago, and has a degree in painting from Drake University and the Art Center College of Design. He served in the Navy as a graphic artist and photographer.  

The exhibit ends Sept. 8.  

For more information, call 442-0300.