Gallery exhibits Maine artists

Posted Aug. 08, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Caldbeck Gallery will exhibit the work of Janice Kasper of Swanville, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Frederick Kellogg of Thomaston and Carol Sloane of Washington Aug. 17-Sept. 17. A reception for the artists will take place 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Kasper’s larger paintings in the exhibit are a part of a “shadow species” series, based on animals found in Maine but seldom seen, focusing on the patterns found in Maine’s flora and fauna. The smaller paintings, in oil on panel, are directly influenced by medieval illuminated manuscripts. In the artist’s 21st century version, the central saint figures are animals rather than human, and the paintings’ borders and backgrounds reflect the environmental issues that affect everyone.

In “In and Out of Perspective,” Sullivan integrates large-scale drawings with fresco bas-relief sculpture.

“The play of how things are constantly in and out of perspective, metaphorically and physically, interests me,” she said, “how things are, in reality, never as they appear in a drawing or in life.”

Kellogg is an artist who is engaged in the search for what can be called a contemporary realism. He has been deeply influenced by the work of American Realists such as Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter, and challenged by the impact of photography as an art form, as well as the innovations of the mid-20th century Abstract Expressionists and their aftermath.

In “Domestic Partners,” Sloane paints the intensity of feeling that plays out between people and their canine or feline partners. Her juicy paint and sculptural figures fill her canvases with energy and realism, though in some of the paintings mysterious truncation of shapes lead the viewer into another plane of reality.

Sloane is a founding member of the Downtown Gallery in Washington and has received several honors in recent years.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, at 12 Elm St. For information, call 594-5935.

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