ROCKLAND – Art Space Gallery, Rockland‚Äôs premier co-operative art gallery located at 342 Main Street (directly across from the Strand Theatre), celebrates the high season of summer with featured members Emilia Carbone, Barbara Fischer Eldred, Anne Metcalfe and Hannah Nelsbach showing in the gallery‚Äôs front room.The opening reception from 5-8pm on is Friday, August 6, as part of A.I.R.‚Äôs (Art in Rockland) First Friday Art Walks.
Emilia Carbone is a young oil painter whose work is loose while remaining representational. Whether it is the industrial night-time of Waltham, Massachusetts or the island of Monhega, Carbone‚Äôs work is about the paint as much as the subject. She revels in revealing color where it is obscured or otherwise unnoticed. A new member of Art Space Gallery, this Portland native, now a Thomastonite has already established herself as one the gallery‚Äôs most popular artists.
Barbara Fischer Eldred hails from East Boothbay, where she maintains two studios, one for her clay work and one for her two dimensional monoprints. In both her prints and hand-built clay forms, fish and other native wildlife are an important inspiration. Her sense of color, texture, pattern, give these subjects meaning far beyond mere representation. Some, like her baby rattles inspired by native American culture, are both artistic and utilitarian. Eldred also paints expertly in acrylic and watercolor, as her colorful fish painting on exhibit displays.
Anne Metcalfe is a well-known midcoast native. Growing up in Waldoboro, attending Medomak Valley High School, she studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and at Haystack, where she was introduced to monotypes. She is attracted to the medium because, ‚ÄúIt is reminiscent of photography but feels like painting.‚ÄĚ Her material is her garden, literally. She uses the flora of her (and her friends‚Äô) gardens as the template for her prints, each of which is original even though she often rearranges and reuses the flora anew. Anne is also president this year of the artist-run gallery.
Like Eldred and Fischer, Hannah Nelsbach is a veteran member of Art Space Gallery. She is a mixed media artist who loves to celebrate color and the human form. She will be exhibiting a brand new series the creation of which began with a winter trip to Aruba. Spotting some old store manikins, the artist was able to obtain several and bring them home in her and her husband‚Äôs golf bags. The colorful series takes on extra meaning knowing that Nelsbach‚Äôs artistic postwar German upbringing, prior to attending the Bauhaus, consisted of drawing with only pencil and charcoal on paper and concrete. Nelsbach resides in Tenants Harbor.
As work has been sold throughout the gallery‚Äôs three rooms, new work is continuously being hung. Repeat visitors will not be disappointed. Work by all twenty members of the gallery – painters, jewelers, ceramicists and photographers is always on display. Gallery hours are Mon.-Sat., 11-6 (Fri. ‚Äėtil 8); Sun., 11-4). Phone, 594-8784.
Contact Name: Judith Herman
Telephone Number: (207)623-1177