“Circo D’Alessio” opening Friday in Bar Harbor

Russell D’Alessio with work in progress

The D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor invites one and all to a festive opening 6 – 9 p.m. Friday July 5 for “Circo d’Alessio” during Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walk. “Circo d’Alessio” is Dedham/Bar Harbor artist Russell D’Alessio’s celebration of the human condition within the metaphor of the circus. Music will be provided by Christopher Paradis and side show acts will be performed by Andrew Simon.

The opening, complete with champagne toast, features an old fashioned unveiling of D’Alessio’s latest work “The Three Rings.” The acrylic on canvas painting is a triptych spanning three six-by-five foot panels measuring 15 feet overall. D’Alessio considers it his most significant work to date in both size and scope.

“I’d like everyone to come and see it and leave delighted and enchanted – it’s about the visual potency and drama of the circus,” says D’Alessio. “My artistic quest to is to enchant and to bridge the abstract with the familiar, to create imagery that stimulates the imagination and present a creative reality.”

Painting from his studios on the Upper Dedham Road and on Cottage St. in Bar Harbor, D’Alessio’s art displays chromatic and thematic richness.  His choice of subjects have been strongly influenced by a zest for life, and creating color and movement.  His quirky sense of humor brings out the occasional whimsy and his sensitivity for the human form allows him to create rich and enchanting figures.

Russell and wife Linda D’Alessio are a specialized team. He does all the painting and she does almost everything else – running the family gallery in Bar Harbor, meeting clients and dealing with show deadlines, plus email, newsletters, and website updates. Together since high school, they have raised a family, planted gardens, kayaked the local bays, and created and sold lots of colorful art.

To D’Alessio, the sense of Maine magic and the experience of his travels persist in each of his works; he begins painting from the abstract and finds his way to the figurative. His signature works are paintings and drawings of women engaging in the mysteries and the unexpected joys life brings, sisters, girlfriends, the women we know and love.

“Circo d’Alessio” is an on-going show until the ringmaster calls “Roll-Up, Roll-Up!” at the D’Alessio Gallery on Mt. Desert St. The D’Alessio Gallery is also a host of Bar Harbor’s upcoming Fashion Night Out, Sept. 5, and popular openings at Bar Harbor First Friday Art Walks. For more information, visit rdalessio.com/