Beauties Highlight the 15th Annual Open Studios Art Show Today!

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Artist Elizabeth Fraser in Front of One of Her Paintings – a View of The Hill.  To the Left is Her Painting of The Nearby Observatory and the Hilltop Convenience Store. www.fraserartstudio.com/petportraits

Artist Marilyn Blinkhorn, Beside an Amaryllis, She Painted. www.marilynblinkhorn.com

Another Painting by Elizabeth Fraser in the Show Today.

The streets of Munjoy HIll were busy this afternoon as art lovers visited the seven different venues that were exhibiting their work.  At several of those venues, there were several artists exhibiting. Elizabeth Fraser, the organizer of the 15th year old tradition, showed her work in her backyard on Congress Street.

Fraser, well known for her pet portraits, is a self-taught artist.  “I’ve always liked art,” she said this afternoon.  Her brother is an artist in SoPo and they frequently compare notes, although they have different styles Elizabeth said.

Another notable artist showing today was Marilyn Blinkhorn.

Marilyn has shown in all of the 15 art shows.  Her focus is on nature – lots of fir trees, rocks and the ocean in her large display on Howard Street.  She studied at Massachusetts College of Art and at Maine College of Art, (“MECA”) here in Portland.

There were viewer artists in the show this year because many have been forced to move from the Hill because of the economics of living here.  Only a Wyeth could afford to live here now!  Also, there is more competition from other similar shows in the state.

Visit:  SEAportland.org to learn more about the Society for East End Arts.

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