The June Fitzpatrick Gallery is featuring paintings by Sarah Cecil and Kevin McNamara this month at the gallery, 522 Congress St. in Portland.

Cecil, who lives and works in Portland, graduated from Brown University with a degree in painting. She has lectured on art and design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and worked as an editor at the New York magazine, ArtNews. She has exhibited her work at numerous galleries and institutions including. Her recent work is entitled “Disaster” series.

“It started with re-reading, “In Cold Blood” and painting sinister night scenes of desolate Aroostook farms,” Cecil said in a press release about her work. “But as recent weather extremes began to dominate the news, the focus of my paintings evolved. Suddenly, tornadoes were ripping through farms, hurricanes started threatening oil rigs, and McMansions began to fall prey to wildfires and on and on. I paint small to achieve a more jewel-like quality designed to offset the flatness of the matte surface.”

McNamara was raised in Dublin, Ireland, and studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. He recently moved to Maine and now divides his time between New England and Ireland. He describes himself as a “painterly realist with leanings towards impressionism and modernism.” His art work includes a wide range of subjects including landscapes, figurative, portraiture, still life and background painting for animation film productions. His work can be found in private collections and museums around the world.

The exhibit runs through March 29. For more information, call 699-5083 or go to

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