Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens two shows

“Small Kingdom” by Carole Hanson

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens two new shows with a public reception 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday July 18. “Jane Dahmen: Through the Trees” feature paintings inspired by the artist’s walks along the Damariscotta River, and “Carole Hanson: Small Kingdom,” shows small-scale sculptures of animals. As the rare woman in a pursuit that has naturally fallen mostly to males, Bremen resident Carole Hanson has developed her own niche as a sculptor of large-scale stone pieces. In a change of pace, for her summer show “Small Kingdom,” Hanson has focused her attention on creating a series of delightful, smaller scale animal sculptures. Jane Dahmen draws her inspiration from the coastal rivers, rolling fields, and woods of her Newcastle, Maine, home: “My ideas begin in the natural world, but once a work is underway, the paint itself on the flat surface takes on a life of its own. Rather than seeking to reproduce a scene, I am attempting to open my senses to an environment.” Both shows run through August 17, for more information visit