“Tenants Harbor, Halls Market” by Björn Runquist
Landing Gallery announces the opening of “Maine Light” a solo exhibition of new paintings by Björn Runquist, and “By-Gone Boats” an exhibit of 40 clay boats by David Riley Peterson. Björn Runquist is a beloved plein air painter who has been passionately capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in the mid coast area for almost 30 years. “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.” David Riley Peterson was throwing traditional ceramic pots and vases when, while vacationing at his family home on Vinalhaven, he was inspired by the beauty of a harbor filled with boats. His new idea was to make boats out of clay. These ceramic boats have been his focus and success ever since. “I have taken some artistic license in my interpretation of how the boat should end up. In many cases I love to interject some playful aspect into its personality.” Both shows run through September 7. Landing Gallery is located at 8 Elm St in Rockland. For more information visit landingart.com or call (207) 594-4544.