ROCKLAND – Art Space Gallery (342 Main Street opposite the Strand Theater) opens a new front room exhibit from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3Â featuring the works of Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Lauren Gill, Annie Mahoney and Joan Wright.
Gallery hours through Columbus Day weekend are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sundays 1-4 p.m.). Beginning Oct. 12 the gallery will be open Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by chance or appointment. Call 594-8784 , visit www.artspacemaine.com, or visit us on facebook.
Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a mid-coast native of Finnish decent, being related to and inspired by the late photographer Kosti Ruohomaa. She graduated from Rockland High School and received a degree in Fine Art from the University of Maine. The artistâ€™s work can be divided into three categories: Traditional and digital photography, traditional watercolor paintings, and pmc (precious metal clay) and dichroic glass jewelry. Her digitally enhanced photographs reflect a personal painterly vision of Penobscot Bay. Her fine silver and dichroic glass jewelry have been strong sellers at the artist-run cooperative gallery now in its seventh season. Bellmore has been a member of the gallery for much of that time.
Lauren Gill also works in several media, primarily within the field of painting. Whether working in watercolor, acrylics, oil, or a combination thereof, Gillâ€™s paintings are saturated with color and light. â€śThe French impressionists always spoke about the quality of light in Provence. I am similarly entranced by the exceptionally clear and ever- changing light in Maine.â€ť This is Gillâ€™s first year at Art Space. Prior to moving to Maine the artist resided in New Jersey and Southwest Florida, both of which are home to many of her works held in private and corporate collections. Gill has also had the honor of being juried into exhibits at the Albright Know Museum of Art in Buffalo, New York.
Annie Mahoney is also a new member of Art Space Gallery. Now a resident of South Rockland where she maintains a studio, Mahoney studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Pratt Institute and the Instituto in San Miguel de Allende. Her work has been shown in Portland (Congress Square Gallery, Hitchcock Gallery, Danforth Street Gallery and numerous studio shows). â€śPittsburgh in the 40â€™sâ€ť is a recent series created as a memoir, the cityscape as the artist remembers it. Intense pure color separated by linear movements reminds this writer of stained glass windows.
Joan Wright, like Bellmore, is a long time gallery member. She is a photographer and pastel painter with a keen sense of composition. Her interest is focused on â€śthe intersection of land and waterâ€ť. She has been photographing Vinalhaven for the past twenty-five years and especially enjoys capturing images in the fog, as her large prints demonstrate. For the current exhibit Wright is showing a series of photographs on the subject of a fish weir on Vinalhaven. Prints of these recent works have been selling on Vinalhaven. They will be available in small sizes as well as the large prints being shown. All four artists as well as the other gallery members- there are nineteen in all, all of whose work is on view throughout the gallery- will be on hand to answer questions about their work.
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