Dan West’s “Swimming Cormorants,” 2015 paint/wood
The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open new shows on Wednesday, July 15 for artists Dan West of Friendship, Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and NYC, Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington D.C., Stew Henderson of Northport, and Lois Dodd of Cushing and NYC. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibitions run through Saturday, August 15.
Working with natural and found materials, Dan West creates simple, pure forms. In this show, titled “Drifting”, work made over the past year includes birds and other animals, all inspired from wood that was first shaped by the sea, and then finished by the artist. Since his childhood years on Martha’s Vineyard, he has studied wildlife wherever he found it: in the woods, marshes, backwaters and open water, from Martha’s Vineyard on up the coast to Nova Scotia, where he finds profound inspiration in the wild coastal habitats, its fish, and its saltwater birds. West moved to Friendship ME in 2000, finding more treasure troves of driftwood and other seaborne objects on the islands in Muscongus Bay. Every fall he and his wife, Kyra, travel to Advocate, Nova Scotia, on the Bay of Fundy. Porting his chain saw, West collects raw materials from the mountains of driftwood that accumulate on Advocate’s three-mile barrier beach, and drives it back to his Friendship studio. There, the transformations take place.
Katherine Bradford’s “Back Dive,” 2015 acrylic on canvas 16″ x 12″
In her first Caldbeck solo show, Katherine Bradford will exhibit a group of intimately scaled paintings that reflect her long-standing visual conversation with the water, boats, swimmers, piers, and coves on the coast of Maine. Imbued with fog and salty air, these marine paintings seek to convey the feeling of a life lived in close proximity to water. The paintings in this show are acrylic and or oil on canvas or panel, ranging in size from 8 x 10 inches to 30 x 30 inches. Bradford moved to Maine in 1968, where she lived and painted for 11 years. She now divides her time between Brunswick ME and Brooklyn NY.
Stew Henderson’s “DBP7,” 2014 mixed medium 33″ x 24 1/2″
Stew Henderson will install a body of work in the stairway hall of the gallery building, creating an environment of “dapping block” prints, which are made of printed shapes and collage on a sanded acrylic surface, on paper. Henderson borrows his daughter’s dapping blocks, tools she uses in her jewelry making, to make these “print mosaics”, where patterns from the inked blocks play on the colors of the acrylic coated papers. Gallery and museum shows include the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Icon Contemporary Art, and Unity College. He has shown with the Caldbeck since 1984.
Lois Dodd’s “Black Hollyhock,” 1990 oil on aluminum 7″ by
Lois Dodd will share a gallery space with Frederic Kellogg; both will show small paintings. Dodd’s are painted in oil on aluminum, and Kellogg’s are painted in watercolor on paper. Both artists focus on local subject matter. Kellogg has exhibited widely in Maine and Washington, D.C. Permanent collections include the Farnsworth Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, MBNA Bank, and law and financial firms in Boston and Washington, D.C. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 2007.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. For information, please call the gallery at (207) 594 5935.