High Summer! First Friday Art Walk in Rockland

At the Landing Gallery on Elm Street in Rockland, the opening of “Maine Light”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Bjorn Runquist will run from July 4 to September 7.

May by Spruce Head by Björn Runquist

May by Spruce Head by Björn Runquist

Björn Runquist is a beloved plein air painter who has been painting in the mid coast area for almost 30 years. He states, “For me, making things is inseparable from living.  What I choose to make is a function that inspires me and it’s how I respond to “ordinary” life.  Sometimes that response is to make an object, sometimes a haiku, sometimes to whistle.  Usually my response is to paint since the sensual, physical, nature of paint seems to speak to something deep in me as a means for exploring my response to life.”

Also opening at Landing is “BY-GONE BOATS”, an exhibit of 40 clay boats by David Riley Peterson.

Large Dory, stoneware ceramic by David Riley Peterson

Large Dory, stoneware ceramic by David Riley Peterson

David tells us of his work, “So, how did this all start? Not far from where you are standing, there is an island 12 miles due east called Vinalhaven. I grew up there and in my time, these boats were common along the coast. Now, only a hand-full remains, still proud and begging for a good workout. I hope you enjoy them as much as I love making them”.

Not to be missed at the new Fischer Gallery on Main St. is their latest exhibition. On view, photographs by three siblings who own the gallery, Rhonda Reichline Dubin, Neil Reichline and Andrew Reichline. The gallery is upstairs across from the Strand.

Quadracycle by Rhonda Reichline Dubin

Quadracycle by Rhonda Reichline Dubin

Coquille State Beach, Washington by Neil Reichline

Coquille State Beach, Washington by Neil Reichline

Sunset Appealing by Andrew Reichline

Sunset Appealing by Andrew Reichline

At Craft Gallery the show opens with pottery and paintings by Lissa Hunter and letter arts by Jan Owen. A recent visit to the gallery revealed an exciting collection of fine crafts from accomplished artists. Put this one on your must see list.

Vine Vase by Lissa Hunter

Vine Vase by Lissa Hunter

Gallery openings week of June 30 – July 6

Asymmetrick Arts, Rockland   Dudley Zopp and Gabriella D’Italia, July 4 – July25

Studio 53, Boothbay   Paula Ragsdale, Phillipe Villard, Kim despres, and Nikki Schumann   opening reception July 4th

Aarhus Gallery, Belfast   Hilary Kahrl and Eric Leppann, opening July 4th, 5-8pm
Landing Gallery, Rockland  “Maine Light” and “Bygone Boats”, opening reception July 4th, 5-8pm
Craft Gallery, Rockland   Lissa Hunter and Jan Owen, opening reception July 4th
The Fischer Gallery, Rockland  Mom, Apple Pie, Baseball, and the Flag”, opening reception July 4th, 5-8pm
Art Space, Rockland   Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Charles Laurier DuFour, Barbara Fischer Eldred., and Wendy Wight, opening reception, July 4th, 5-8pm
Mars Hall Gallery, Tenants Harbor   A celebration of Ron Weaver’s life and art with family and friends, Sunday July 6th, 2-4pm
Bath Art in the Park, Bath   50 artists under one tent, July 6th, 10-4

 

 

 

 

Karen Olson

About Karen Olson

Karen Olson is an artist working in metal. Her blogs offer a global perspective, a celebration of art and culture. She 'lives like a tourist' in Midcoast Maine where she makes her home and finds inspiration for art and life in her travels. Follow her creative passion with Renuko Style at renukostyle.com and Coastal Collage, a Bangor Daily News Blog at coastalcollage.bangordailynews.com