“Circo D’Alessio” opening Friday in Bar Harbor

Russell D’Alessio with work in progress

The D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor invites one and all to a festive opening 6 – 9 p.m. Friday July 5 for “Circo d’Alessio” during Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walk. “Circo d’Alessio” is Dedham/Bar Harbor artist Russell D’Alessio’s celebration of the human condition within the metaphor of the circus. Music will be provided by Christopher Paradis and side show acts will be performed by Andrew Simon.

The opening, complete with champagne toast, features an old fashioned unveiling of D’Alessio’s latest work “The Three Rings.” The acrylic on canvas painting is a triptych spanning three six-by-five foot panels measuring 15 feet overall. D’Alessio considers it his most significant work to date in both size and scope.

“I’d like everyone to come and see it and leave delighted and enchanted – it’s about the visual potency and drama of the circus,” says D’Alessio. “My artistic quest to is to enchant and to bridge the abstract with the familiar, to create imagery that stimulates the imagination and present a creative reality.”

Painting from his studios on the Upper Dedham Road and on Cottage St. in Bar Harbor, D’Alessio’s art displays chromatic and thematic richness.  His choice of subjects have been strongly influenced by a zest for life, and creating color and movement.  His quirky sense of humor brings out the occasional whimsy and his sensitivity for the human form allows him to create rich and enchanting figures.

Russell and wife Linda D’Alessio are a specialized team. He does all the painting and she does almost everything else – running the family gallery in Bar Harbor, meeting clients and dealing with show deadlines, plus email, newsletters, and website updates. Together since high school, they have raised a family, planted gardens, kayaked the local bays, and created and sold lots of colorful art.

To D’Alessio, the sense of Maine magic and the experience of his travels persist in each of his works; he begins painting from the abstract and finds his way to the figurative. His signature works are paintings and drawings of women engaging in the mysteries and the unexpected joys life brings, sisters, girlfriends, the women we know and love.

“Circo d’Alessio” is an on-going show until the ringmaster calls “Roll-Up, Roll-Up!” at the D’Alessio Gallery on Mt. Desert St. The D’Alessio Gallery is also a host of Bar Harbor’s upcoming Fashion Night Out, Sept. 5, and popular openings at Bar Harbor First Friday Art Walks. For more information, visit rdalessio.com/

Truth Art Love at Shaw Jewelry

Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor invites the public to a gallery opening Friday, July 5, from 5—7 pm for “Adele Seronde: An Investigation in Books and Paintings.” Adele has been making art for eight decades and was one of the founders of our beloved Wingspread Gallery. Come celebrate the recent work of this artistic pioneer and indomitable spirit.

Also showing is “Beading: Threading the Needle Between Ancient and Modern.” Beaded Jewelry has been made since ancient times. We have collected virtuoso modern pieces that show innovative form derived from historic techniques. Featured are by Ashka Dymel, Elizabeth Farber, Thea Fine, Jacqueline Johnson, Kathy King, Susan Kinzig, Seung-Hea Lee, and  Lauren Schlossberg. For information visit shawjewelry.com

Colby Museum of Art opening “The Lunder Collection”

“Girl in a Hammock” by Winslow Homer

The Colby Museum of Art is opening an exhibition “The Lunder Collection” Saturday July 13. In 2007 Peter and Paula Lunder, longtime benefactors of Colby College, promised their collection of more than 500 works of art to the Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, commemorates the formal transfer of this extraordinary gift to Colby. The exhibition presents more than 280 works from the Lunder Collection and showcases the collection’s strengths in 19th and 20th-century American and contemporary art.  For more information visit Colby.edu/museum

Betts Gallery opens “Carol Sloane: Marking the Water”

“Belfast Pilings” by Carol Sloane

Betts Gallery in Belfast invites the public to an opening reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. Friday July 5, during the Belfast Artwalk, for “Carol Sloane: Marking the Water.” The artist poses some questions in this work about water and asks “Do you play in the bathtub? Watch your clothes wash in the Laundromat? Park for a picnic by a riverbank? Watching water run is mesmerizing. These paintings are markers of my experience.”  The show runs through July 28. For more information, call 338-6465 or visit thebelfastframer.com

Isalos showing John Woolsey, Barbara Brady and Rebecca Daugherty

“Black Boat Reflection #1” by Rebecca Daugherty

Isalos Fine Art in Stonington will host a public artist’s reception 4 – 7 p.m. Friday, July 5, in conjunction with Stonington Galleries & Studios First Friday. The show features three painters, John Woolsey, Barbara Brady and Rebecca Daugherty. Sedgwick painter Barbara Brady’s abstract oil paintings explore textures and colors through paint and other materials. John Woolsey studied painting with Neil Welliver and will feature a series of gouache paintings and pastels from area islands. For more information visit isalosfineart.com or call 367-2700.