Reception for 6 Artists at Caldbeck Gallery on August 19

2Alan Bray CONTEMPORARY FOREST, TERRAIN VAGUE 2015  casein on panel  22x16 copyAlan Bray’s “Contemporary Forest, Terrain Vague,” casein on panel

From August 19 through September 15, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work by Bayard Hollins of Ilesboro and Basalt CO, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Dozier Bell of Waldoboro, Kristin Malin of Georgetown, Sam Cady of Friendship, and Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston MA. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In “Island Dreams”, Hollins will show large canvases in oil (the largest measuring 60 x 60 inches), as well as acrylic on paper, measuring in the 17 x 20 inch range. The artist says, “There are many influences in my work, though the dominant theme tends to be the interaction between classical realism and abstract expressionism. I work fast, and with large strokes to convey the rawness of nature. I want to leave every painting in what could be considered an incomplete state, because I believe an unrefined painting is truer to nature and to my own emotions.”

In the 3-Person show upstairs, Alan Bray will show recent paintings in casein on panel.  He says of his landscapes, “The experience of becoming a part of what you are looking at is compelling and elusive. Because the incomprehensible connectedness of nature lies beyond the physical experience, you have to rely on resources that are as much the province of memory and dream as of your skills as an observer. The process of achieving a role in that connectedness is one in which intimacy and affection serve to reorder the experience of place.”

2Bell RIDGELINE 2015 charcoal on Mylar  3.25 x 5.25Dozier Bell’s “Ridgeline,” charcoal on mylar

Dozier Bell’s drawings in charcoal on Mylar, and paintings in acrylic on canvas, range in size from 2 ¾ x 5 inches to 5 x 7 inches.  Of Bell’s recent work, art writer and critic, Britta Konau, wrote, “The works are diminutive, some not even three inches tall. This scale does what miniatures generally do at first glance: disarm viewers’ fears (how could such a small thing feel overpowering?), and instill a sense of preciousness. But make no mistake about it: the impact of Bell’s little black-and-white images is powerful. For starters, awe is not an inappropriate term for the feeling generated by her drawing skills. Through extremely nuanced handling of her medium, Bell not only describes her subjects on a miniscule scale, but also suggests the textures and even temperatures of elemental forces, including water, clouds, and haze.”

Kristin Malin will exhibit a selection of 5 x 7 inch, oil on aluminum paintings all made from a single view looking out to an island off of her family place in Georgetown.  Each is a captured moment, one of a single painting session.  She says, “The fluctuations of the tide, direction of the wind, time of day, light filtering through the sky, and changes in the seasons are determinants in the way a place looks, and provide infinite moments of beauty, where I use direct observation as well as emotional and intellectual responses with which to capture a moment.”

In “Bamboo Pen and Ink Drawings: an Homage to Charlie DuBack,” Sam Cady will show a number of drawings in ink on paper, using a Japanese bamboo pen given to him by his artist and friend, Charles DuBack. The drawings, emphasizing contour lines, are all made out in nature, each measuring 11 x 14 inches. The artist says, “I like joining the two opposite poles of art – modernist severity with the realistic.” He also says about his work, “I eliminate, simplify, pare things down, until I have arrived at the form and spirit of something.”

In “Collages and Small Paintings”, Kayla Mohammadi’s work measures in the 8 x 9 inch range.  She says, “Color is what attracted me to painting, and it is what keeps me painting – painting is where I explore how color relates to space, shape, and feeling.  My ambition is to delight the eye”.  Born in San Francisco CA to a Finnish mother and Iranian father, Mohammadi says, “Like most Americans whose parents immigrated to this country, I grew up with influences beyond the typical suburban landscape.  My way of seeing was influenced by three different cultures: American, Finnish, and Persian.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.  For more information, please call the gallery at (207) 594-5935.