Artemis Gallery presents its second group exhibit of the season with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. June 23.
It will feature the works of Emily Freeman, Berri Kramer, David LaPalombara and Rebekah Raye. A portion of sales from the show will benefit Artwaves, a nonprofit community art center on Mount Desert Island.
Emily Freeman’s felted stone wall sculptures draw inspiration from the Maine coast and explores our relationship to the natural world and elements. Working primarily in un-dyed wool sourced from New England farms she uses a wet felting technique to challenge our common beliefs of how textiles should be; replacing lightness and fluidity with stillness and weight.
Berri Kramer explored color, pattern, rhythm and construction as a textile artist. She has since brought that background to her paintings. Featured in the June 23 groups show are Kramer’s architectural paintings which echo the connecting of forms from her quilt work. “My work reflects the blocks of color and patterns that surround all of us every day. I am fascinated by the tools and tracks that are unintentionally left behind: a fiber remnant, a letter or a feather. The exercise in choosing from endless imagery and palettes, and editing it to distill the message, has become my practice in every medium. Often the scale of these snippets is exaggerated or reduced to take the viewer away from the assumed. The simplest forms can often tell the greatest story.”
David LaPalombara explores ideas of spatial perception in his art. He seeks to engage his audience in a physical and intellectual understanding of space by manipulating perspective, adjusting horizon line vanishing points, and experimenting with color and light. Working in nature also is an important subject and expressive theme that infuses most of his art. David’s paintings will feature views from Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.
Rebekah Raye’s love for animals and their relationship to humans and each other inspire her artwork. The images she paints and sculpt come from experiences in her backyard in Blue Hill and around Maine. She says, “They are consistently in my dreams and daily thoughts. It is a celebration of their lives with us that I wish to interpret and share. I am compelled to paint them, sculpt them and love them.” This show will feature her new bronze work as well as many wall relief carvings.
Artemis Gallery is at 1 Old Firehouse Lane, Northeast Harbor. Call 207-276-3001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.