One of my favorite galleries in Rockland is Art Space, right across from the Strand Theater on Main Street.
This artist co-op is quite a gem. Owned and operated by 19 members, the gallery boasts many accomplished artists working in an exciting array of styles and mediums.
Shows rotate monthly throughout the summer generally coinciding with Rockland’s first Friday art walk.
As you enter the gallery space, you now see the expansive size that was not visible from the street. Every show is a engaging. the quality and variety of work is evident. Jewelry and metalwork are available as well as photography, framed and unframed works.
Make sure to stop by this Friday and meet the featured artists.
Elizabeth Blackmer can often be found in the local area at sunrise, photographing dewdrops on spiderwebs, opening flower buds, or frost appearing overnight. Her images have strong compositions and a delicate sensuality.
Elizabeth has a solo show running concurrently at the Keag River Gallery.
Janalee Welch uses pastels to great effect. She is drawn to sharp contrast, limited palette, and simplicity of composition.
I especially like her use of color in this painting, “Docks”.
Charlene Vanderslice is a water advocate who paints the beautiful endangered creatures who dwell beneath the waves. She contributes a large percentage of proceeds to help save the oceans. Her painting “When New Life Calls” depicts a
weary green turtle as she finds a place safe to lay her eggs. Only one in a thousand hatch-lings will live to adulthood.
Gallery Openings Week of June 2-8
Aarhus Gallery, Belfast 7th Anniversary Celebration June 6th, 5-8
Art Space Gallery, Rockland June 6th, 5-8
Boothbay Artists, Boothbay June 6th, 5-7
Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland Ricardo Cony Etchart June 6th, 5-8
Studio 53, Boothbay Artist Collective June 6th, 5-8
Maine Coast Artist Gallery, Friendship Invitational show June 7th, 4-7
Tidemark Gallery, Waldoboro Barbara Vanderbilt June 7th, 5-7
New summer classes are available at 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston
And don’t forget First Friday Art Walk, Rockland