The Earthly and the Ethereal, Pat Plourde and Prairie Stuart-Wolff

Pat Plourde, Bayside Landscape, Cut and Welded Steel (detail)

In an attempt to find a balance of the earthly and the ethereal, Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is pleased to have two guest artists for the month of October, sculptor Pat Plourde and photographer Prairie Stuart-Wolff. The show runs from October 4th through the 30th, 2011. Please join us for an opening reception Friday October 7th, 5-8pm.

Pat Plourde’s work should look familiar to you. If not…. maybe you should get out more. But chances are you’ve seen it or even sat on it and not known it. He has specialized in studio furniture, sculpture, railings, lighting, and custom residential and commercial furniture in steel and vintage wood for over 25 years, and has designed and built fixtures for nationally known retailers such as L.L.Bean, Timberland, and Whole Foods Markets as well as for several fine restaurants in Portland and the surrounding area. His work has also appeared in Architectural DigestLog Home DesignsFine Homebuilding, and Maine Home and Design. He lives and works in New Gloucester, Maine.

Prairie Stuart-Wolff’s work may be another matter… and there’s a good reason you may have not chanced upon her photographs, unless you live somewhat west of here. Prairie admits, “To date, I have primarily exhibited my work in Japan, both in art gallery settings and in design showrooms.” Prairie’s images are graceful, fragile, airy, ethereal, “Though I am dedicated to the photographic traditions of film capture and silver gelatin or platinum/palladium printing for my work, I’ve also embraced digital innovations and find that the two processes are best treated as collaborators, not competitors… I probe for clues about the intangible designs behind the tangible world. But I never seek answers. It’s the wondering that keeps me interested.” Prairie attended the Salt Institute in Portland and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. She divides her time between Union, Maine and Japan.

Along with these two fine guest artists, the work of Aarhusians; Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will also be on view.

Aarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St. Belfast, open Tuesday through Sunday 11am-5:30pm, and Mondays by chance. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit  or call 338-0001.