Celebrate summer in Maine at Archipelago! The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host an opening reception for its summer gallery show on Friday, August 4th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited to stop in to enjoy some light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. The show, which highlights the work of painters Wendy Newcomb and Gary Hoyle, as well as Appleton wood turner Richard Dunham, will run from August 4th to October 29th.
- Wendy A. Newcomb is a representational painter whose primary mediums include oil, gouache, and acrylic. Organizations, businesses, schools, and private individuals have commissioned her for paintings, illustrations, and murals, and her work has appeared in a number of publications, including L.L. Bean, Bayview Press, Old Cars Weekly, and Artists of New England.
- Most of Gary Hoyle’s work has been at the interface of art and science. For 28 years, he served as an exhibits artist and the Curator of Natural History at the Maine State Museum. His project work has been featured in institutions from New England to Iowa, including the Field Museum of Chicago, and his personal artwork has toured the country from coast to coast, as well as Japan. Hoyle’s new “Oogle Earth” series features aerial landscapes created by floating diluted oil color on water with various solvents and using a canvas to lift them off the surface. The pieces evoke real places through this unique, transformative process.
- Richard Dunham works in his woodshop in his 1850’s farmhouse, turning locally found burls into bowls and vases, as well as artistic pieces for display. The cherry burls are from native Maine Cherry harvested from dead or dying trees on his property or from the land of friends in the area. Burls are knoblike growths on the trunk or limbs of a tree.
Other artists whose work will be featured in the summer gallery show include: Valerie Aponik (painter), Thom Buescher (painter), Helen Farnham (felt artist), Monhegan artist Dylan Metrano (papercuts), and Paul Woonrooij (furniture maker).
In addition to the August opening, Archipelago will be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk events on September 1st and October 6th.