“US and THEM” and “Essentia” at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to present a wildly interesting new group show, US and THEM, where the artists explore others and their relationship to others. The show opens First Friday, October 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. Many of the artists will be present. Some of the pieces included in this exhibition will feature more literal interpretations. In others, the artist might take more artistic liberty and use the subject to launch a creative idea, or narrate a story. Artist Jennifer Knaus explains, “Although the results of my paintings may seem surreal, I am more inspired by the Surrealists techniques of tapping into the subconscious rather than by actual Surrealist painting. I have a desire to personalize idealized notions of beauty and importance; to embellish icons with humor and a little absurdity, but also within those details to suggest a narrative that is mysterious and atmospheric.”

These paintings combine pain, frustration, reverence, fantasy, worship, and humor to create a moving rendition of the individual artist’s response to the presence and acts of others. Some of the stories are more obvious than others, leaving us to add yet another interpretation to the mix.

Shari Weschler Rubeck shares, “My muses are life’s experiences, human psyche, curiosities of animal nature, elements of theatre, dance, backstage goings-on and fantasy mixed with a bit of humor for good measure. My imagery is generally figurative in nature with occasional outbursts of abstract or street art explorations.” Her paintings explore and include the strength of women during the age of Tudor and how they related to modern day women and motherhood, The Ego, the future of people and connectivity in a technological world, and her recent diagnosis with MS.

Ted Keller will show a compelling dead artist series in watercolor, and David Estey will show wonderful abstracted portraits in acrylic on yupo.

Andy Finkle will present a quirky new portrait of President Eisenhower in a rumored 1957 meeting with aliens. Finkle will also show a “surprise” interactive work. Finkle says, “I enjoy painting portraits of men, beasts, and beings and have a growing sub-specialty in second-tier celebrity works. My work now can be seen in the world’s only cryptozoology museum in Portland, and it must be noted that my paintings have been displayed in the only bowling alley in Antarctica. My paintings were briefly featured on a television show that was (unjustly) cancelled.”

Featured artists include Shari Weschler Rubeck, David Estey, Ted Keller, Ken Foster, Jennifer Knaus, Katie Wilson, Steven Morrison, America Martin, Kate Fitzgerald, Andy Finkle and Gigi Gatti.

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“Moon Lace” by Christina DeHoff

The upstairs gallery at Carver Hill presents “Essentia” (essentĭa , ae, f. sum, \I.the being or essence of a thing; transl. of the Gr. οὐσία) a complementary showing of figures and new, long awaited landscapes by Maine native Christina DeHoff, who now resides in Hawaii. A clear and recognizable theme runs through both her figurative visionary paintings and her landscape paintings. Christina believes that one can feel the presence of grace and love in her depiction of heart expanding oceans, sensual rolling hills and dream filled skies. Though her landscapes are void of figures, the same sensitivity is there – the spirit of the landscape is as palpable as the spirit of the people she paints. Christina graduated from the University of Maine in 1995 with a BS in Art Education, and later owned and operated the Gallery at 357 Main in Rockland, Maine. For 10 years she showed the work of more than 50 artists, including her own, which typically proved to sell out in her solo shows.

The gallery will also feature the work of glass artist David Jacobson. David employs contemporary colors with classical forms to create unique expressions in this fluid medium. David was born and raised in New York, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he first studied glassblowing. He has since studied with many notable glass artists from around the globe. David’s work ranges from functional pieces, like bowls and platters (gorgeous enough in form to be sculpture with the bonus of a purpose) to work he calls “Conversation Pieces” – glass word balloons with simple greetings or humorous observations on them.

Shows run through November 4.