During August, Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions: “Sarah McRae Morton: Ribbon Cutting,” “Jordan Seaberry: The Current of American Water” and “Kenneth Noland (1924-2010): Paper as Paint.”
An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 behind the gallery. Masks are required at all times inside the gallery.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St. in Rockland. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. Visit www.dowlingwalsh.com, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.
Sarah McRae Morton
Aug. 6 to Sept. 25
Sarah McRae Morton grew up in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied chemical composition of paintings in Rome as well as studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. She received a Matisse Foundation fellowship for her work on the local history of West Virginia and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. McRae Morton has been an artist in residence at Monson Arts Residency, Monson; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; and the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Rockland; among others. She currently lives and paints in Cologne, Germany, and Pennsylvania.
The Current of American Water
Aug. 6 to 28
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Seaberry first came to Providence to attend Rhode Island School of Design. Alongside his art, he built a career as a grassroots organizer, helping to fight and pass multiple criminal justice reform milestones, including Probation Reform and the Unshackling Pregnant Prisoners Bill, and laid the groundwork for the “Ban the Box” movement in Rhode Island. Seaberry serves as co-director of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a people-powered nonprofit agency, and most recently worked as the director of public policy at the Nonviolence Institute. He serves on the Providence Board of Canvassers, overseeing the city’s elections. He has received fellowships from the Art Matters Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation, and he currently serves as the Community Leader Fellow at Roger Williams University School of Law. Seaberry attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2015. His work has been included most recently in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art exhibition State of the Art, 2020, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum New England Biennial, 2019. Recent solo exhibitions include We Speak Upon the Ashes at Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, Black Light/Black Heat at Steam Gallery, Lincoln School, Providence, and A Blacker Landscape at University of Rhode Island, Providence.
Paper as Paint
July 2 to Aug. 28
Noland (1924 to 2010), known primarily for his large-scale Color Field paintings, began making art with paper pulp in the late1970s and continued to explore its possibilities well into the 1990s. While he worked with a variety of materials and explored various media throughout his career, Noland found the use of paper pulp as a primary ingredient to be extremely satisfying in the directness of its application and physicality. In contrast to painting on canvas, the precision of papermaking lay in the process — the physical building of colored paper pulp to create a final image, a vehicle to generate depth of surface and ultimately a means explore color relationships in new and unexpected ways. The exhibit at Dowling Walsh Gallery features his handmade paper.