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Bill Oakes: Art, Imagination, Vision opens July 9 at Haley Art Gallery

"Dissolve" an acrylic by Bill Oakes

KITTERY, Maine — Bill Oakes: Art, Imagination, Vision, featuring abstract works by prolific artist Bill Oakes, opens in July at the Haley Art Gallery with an opening reception on Saturday, July 9 from 3-6pm. The gallery will host an artist talk by Sharon Oakes (Oakes’ widow) on Saturday, August 20, 2-4pm. The exhibition will remain on view until September 10th. A portion of gallery profits are donated to The Dance Hall, Kittery, Seacoast’s premier venue for intimacy, diverse music and dance.

Oake’s abstract art was largely inspired during a trip to Mexico in 1990. Moved by light, textures, colors, peeling posters and rusting cars, he turned from realism to abstraction. He felt that abstract art encouraged the viewer to use their imagination and “see in new ways”. His greatest joy was watching someone make a discovery. Bill Oakes died in 2005, but his art continues to inspire and be exhibited.

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