The Janet F. Harte Public Library invites everyone to a free art exhibition of works by Corpus Christi artist Melissa Maupin.

Entitled "Sea Life and Life Seaside, Fish Prints & Coastal Art," the exhibit opened Saturday and will run through Aug. 29 at the Noel McArdle Gallery in the Janet F. Harte Public Library at 2629 Waldron Road.

There is no admission charge to view the exhibit. In addition to the exhibit, a reception for Maupin was held at the library Saturday afternoon.

Maupin began painting in 1978, and in 2001 she established her Texas Fish Prints studio to celebrate the beauty of the fish she and her husband caught in local waters.

Using acrylics, she paints directly on the fish, trying to match their colors. Maupin then prints the fish on high-quality fabrics. Once that is done, the artist details the prints to replicate the unique markings of the fish with the use of paint, pastels and ink.

The result is a cross between a Japanese gyotaku print and a realistic acrylic painting.

In addition to the prints she sells to stores, galleries and individuals, customers are able to bring fish they have caught to Maupin and have them memorialized in paintings. Such prints are not only a work of art, but also serve as a reminder of a memorable day spent on the Texas Gulf coast.

The hours for the Noel McArdle Gallery are 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 to 5:45 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call the library at 937-6569.