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Guest Artists Mark Bell and Cathy Melio at Åarhus Gallery

Mark Bell, Porcelain Bottle, 9" H and Cathy Melio, Reflective, monotype and watercolor, 6" x 6"
Mark Bell, Porcelain Bottle, 9" H and Cathy Melio, Reflective, monotype and watercolor, 6" x 6"
Posted Aug. 15, 2012, at 2:44 p.m.

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to welcome Mark Bell and Cathy Melio as their guest artists for the month of September. The show runs from August 28th through September 30th, 2012. Please join us for an opening reception Friday August 31st, 5-8pm.

Mark Bell of Blue Hill, Maine, decided to move to Maine and open a studio and gallery after an inspirational experience as a scholarship student at Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Mark now works as a full time potter producing delicately thrown porcelain vessels in an intriguing scale range and his attention to detail, his finish and glazes are exquisite. Mark received his B.F.A. from University of Wisconsin and his M.F.A. in Ceramics from Arizona State University. His work is in the permanent collection of the Currier Museum.

Cathy Melio is a painter and printmaker whose monotypes combine one-of-a-kind printmaking with watercolor painting. She is inspired by nature, gardening, music, color, and poetry and is inspiring herself, being one of the most upbeat positive people one could hope to meet. She has worked in a range of other media including, fiber, jewelry, pottery, and radio, producing the well-respected monthly show, “Fear No Art”.

Cathy says of her work, “Monotypes allow for a unique combination of control and spontaneity. I never tire of the medium because of the surprises that occur…. These one-of-a-kind prints are visual poems, dreamscapes, inviting viewers to read the images, bringing their own interpretations to the pieces.” Cathy is a Program Officer for the Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth. She lives in Stockton Springs.

Also showing will be the work of Åarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick.

Åarhus Gallery, located at 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11am-5:30pm, Mondays by chance and until 8pm on Fridays in July and August as part of Belfast’s Friday Art Walks. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit www.aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

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