A cool Marguerita. A sailboat on waters still as glass.

A cool Marguerita. A sailboat on waters still as glass.

The less-than-seasonal weather notwithstanding, there is something about summer that commands serenity, even when the world seems less than serene.

Powers Gallery in Acton, known for exhibits that celebrate themes of place and the feelings they evoke, offers its own vacation plan, by way of “Summer With A Twist,” with more than 50 paintings from familiar Maine coastal scenes to boundary-pushing abstract works.

It’s a group show, with acrylics, oils, watercolors, sculpture, mixed media and more, by artists including Jim Holland, Celia Judge, Shawn Kenney, Robert Scott Jackson, Maeve Harris, Jill Solomon and Teri Malo.

“Summer is a time of leisure – of going to the beach and to the coast, and mostly, getting away,” said gallery owner Lawrence Powers. “The artwork depicts a lot of coastal views, and places you might go away on vacation. But the ‘twist’ part of it is that we are featuring colorful abstracts, with the pallet of summer.”

Powers said the idea was to fill the gallery’s 3,000-square-foot space with works he said “are all geared to summer in New England.”

With one exception: enticing scenes of sun-splashed Tuscany. But it seems unlikely that anyone will complain.

A longing for carefree moments that summer inspires can be treated with a sense of humor. Powers noted painter Shawn Kenney, who specializes in paintings of fruit and drinks. “A lot of them are tongue-in-cheek,” Powers said.

Asked what experience he hopes the exhibit will convey in its totality, Powers said, “A variety of things – summer is a Zen-like tranquility…there are paintings that evoke place in New England, such as the coastal scenes.”

But summer is also a time to get up and go. “To me, summer is all about energy and vitality. These paintings are full of rock and roll, and that is the fun in the show – it spans the emotions, and that’s the fun and vitality of summer.”

  If you go

“Summer with A Twist” is on view through August at Powers Gallery, 144 Great Road, Acton.

Admission: Free.

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday through summer.

For more information, call 978-263-5105 or visit www.powersgallery.com.

Margaret Smith is Arts and Calendar editor at GateHouse Media New England’s Northwest Unit. E-mail her at msmith@cnc.com.