“Painting Maine” returns to the Damariscotta River Grill for its fifth annual show, featuring work from artists Ellen Hutcheson, Barbara Klein, Sally Loughridge and new exhibitor Bob Vaughan.

The exhibit, which opens on Monday and runs through Sept. 14, features paintings that reflect the artists’ love of Maine. The public is invited to the artists’ reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, which includes appetizers by chef Rick Hirsch.

Hutcheson, of Boothbay, has a passion for painting, particularly en plein air. She is intrigued by shape, color and line as she works to convey her connection with a scene. Her paintings convey a sense of joy and peaceful connection to Maine.

Klein, of Bristol, enjoys painting outdoors. Her focus is on simplicity and color as she creates light-filled interpretations of Maine’s countryside. Seasonally, her work can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta and Vintage Wine Bar in Gardiner.

Loughridge, of South Bristol, has been painting Maine since moving to the state 15 years ago. She paints primarily in soft pastel and oil. Her work has been exhibited in the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Tidemark Gallery, Mast Cove Galleries, Archipelago and in other regional shows.

New to the show is Vaughan, who lives in Bristol and enjoys the challenge of painting with watercolors. “My goal is always to capture the light, emphasize its effect and show color in objects that is not always noticed,” he said in a press release about the exhibit. His work can be seen seasonally at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

All of the artwork – oils, watercolors and pastels – is for sale.

The Damariscotta River Grill is located at 155 Main St. in Damariscotta. For more information, go todamariscottarivergrill.com.