North Haven Gallery opens “Out of the Wood”

Eric Hopkins, “Last Light”

North Haven Gallery will open “Out of the Wood” with an artists’ reception from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15. The show will feature new painted wood reliefs by Eric Hopkins and photographs by Elisa Wike Hurley. Both artists are residents of Mount Desert Island. The work will be on display through Saturday, July 21.

Hopkins has been creating cut out wood pieces for a couple years. “I’m creating new life for these trees,” says Hopkins. “Waves and wind, clouds, soil and sun are all revealed as the wood is cut, carved, then coated with colored pigment. Elements are released out of the wood.”

Hurley’s photographs depict her integral connection with the natural world. Playing with color and reflection, she creates landscapes that transcend the ordinary. “Rocks, trees, water, lily and dragonfly speak when we are quiet. I’m fortunate enough to be there listening with my camera.”

Thursday, July 19, at 5 p.m., in conjunction with “Out of the Wood,” Hopkins and author Carl Little will participate in a special presentation and book signing for “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” at Waterman’s Community Center. Included will be an informal slide show and interview/conversation between artist and author as part of North Haven’s Arts & Enrichment Summer Enrichment Series. For more information about the exhibition or presentation and book signing, please contact Eric Hopkins Gallery at 594-1996 or .