The Stable Gallery Presents ‘Lights and Shadows”

“Selection of Rachiel Norwood’s sculpture,” courtesy of Jon Luoma.

The Stable Gallery, at 28 Water Street in Damariscotta, presents “Lights and Shadows.”

“Lights and Shadows” may refer to real light cast on three-dimensional objects. Alternatively, paintings or pastels depict light and shadows using colors and values. Lights and Shadows may also refer to the emotional tone of a work of art.

Rachiel Norwood’s stone sculptures make the most of light as it changes hour by hour.  Norwood’s exquisite marine creatures are carved in marble, granite, or Maine beach stone.  The stone sculptures can feel light to the touch with their ultra smooth exteriors.

Rosalind Welsh’s abstractions of evocative nature motifs are painted on shaped and sewn canvasses. The three dimensional canvases create real shadows while also containing painted expressions of shadows. Roz draws her inspiration from rocks, plants and water.

Painters Robert Gibson, Polly Smith, Elaine Abel, and Jon Luoma evoke bright and colorful warmth, as well as quiet and subdued moods. Subject matter includes seasonal landscapes, mysterious interiors, and familiar objects.       

Polly Smith and Jon Luoma paint with watercolors, the most difficult medium as painters acknowledge.  Lights must be preserved as darks cannot be removed once layered on top. Shadows are added later and often are a mix of complimentary colors.

Elaine Abel paints familiar objects with insightful care.  Her latest paintings include the shadows of night.

Robert Gibson paints from his heart. The resulting abstract oil paintings are a blast of expressive colors.    

Fiona Washburn’s hand painted, silk scarfs attract light into their folds. Fiona’s patterns reflect natural themes predominately from the ocean.

Jackie Melissas offers an intriguing mix of rakus and ceramics. Louis Charlett’s superb wooden furniture, boxes, and trays, refract light in their smoky glazes, exotic hardwoods, and wood finishes.

The Stable Gallery is housed in a 19th-century Victorian stable, just a short walk off Main Street at 28 Water Street in Damariscotta.  The gallery is open from 10 to 5 every day. Stop by or call 563-1991 for further information.

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