“Fleeting Thought” by Karen Olson.

Local Color Gallery will host a Fourth Friday Gallery Night from 4 to 7 p.m. June 23 featuring work by Karen Olson, a self-described lens-based artist and sculptural photographer. Keenly interested in a human/nature connection and how it supports and fosters mental health and interpersonal communication is the subject of Olson’s latest project, “Sleeping in Trees.” Her work can be seen in June and July.

Karen Olson

Olson says of the work: “The act of constructing, deconstructing and constructing further with both physical materials and digital files imitates the natural cycles of growth and decay. Elements are digitally captured, blended, and intertwined. Fibers, papers, and photographs are formed and sculpted, adding weight and texture.” “Sleeping in Trees” explores concepts such as empathy, grief, trauma, and forest bathing and is meant “to evoke a sense of well-being and contentment.”

Olson’s work has been featured by the Griffin Museum of Photography, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Art New England Magazine and One Twelve Publishing. She was chosen as an Rfotofolio selected artist for 2021 and was included in Maine Magazine’s “Shifting Sequences,” 18 Up-And-Coming Maine artists to watch.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at localcolorgallerymaine.com.

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