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Art center to open three new exhibits

ROCKPORT, Maine — Three exhibitions will open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art with an artists’ reception, open to the public, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the center, 162 Russell Ave. The exhibitions will run through September 22.

 “Counterpoint III” is the third exhibition in a series that pairs the work of a painter and a sculptor. It brings together the richly colored, mosaic-like paintings of artist Anne Neely of Jonesport  and Milton, Mass., and the spare, elegantly abstracted work of sculptor Tom Chapin of Phippsburs and Los Angeles. Grace, weight, and balance are hallmarks of each artist’s work, as is a reverence for the natural world.

Photographer Samantha Appleton, a Camden native, whose work comprises the exhibition “Here From There,” covered the war in Iraq for three years. After that, she covered the last U.S. presidential campaign for the New Yorker magazine and became an Official White House Photographer for the Obama administration.

Ken Greenleaf’s exhibition, “Intercept,” presents selections from two of his recent series of works on paper. The Blackwork pieces are black, messy, and reworked again and again. The Gauge works are almost polar opposites: They are colorful, neat, carefully arranged, and done in one set of actions. Together they bracket the range of how Greenleaf looks at things. He and his artist wife, Dozier Bell, live in Waldoboro.

 CMCA will present Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York magazine, for an illustrated lecture at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Rockport Opera House. His topic will be  “Art and the Art World Today: How They Got That Way and What We Do About It. An Art Critic Unloads.” Tickets for the lecture are available online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-236-2875.

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