September exhibits at Dowling Walsh Gallery

“Rose Cup,” by Tollef Runquist.

During September, Dowling Walsh Gallery will host four exhibitions: “Brian White: Curio,” “Tollef Runquist: Inner Alchemy,” “Sarah McRae Morton: Ribbon Cutting” and “Wood Gaylor (1883-1957).”

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 3 behind the gallery. Masks are required at all times inside the gallery.

“Beachcomber,” by Brian White.

“Brian White: Curio”

Sept. 3 to 25

Brian White was born in Friendship in 1960 and spent his childhood combing antique shops and flea markets with his father, an antiques dealer. Largely self-trained as an artist, his midcoast heritage and love of nature is intimately reflected in his work.

With a miniaturist’s eye for detail and innate Yankee thrift, he combines shells, glass, fabric, metal and found objects to create intriguing works that are often part sculpture, part clothing and part assemblage. White has had three solo exhibitions at Ten High Street Fine Art, in Camden. His work is represented in the collections of Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland; Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport; Portland Museum of Art, Portland; and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. White lives and works in Union, Maine.  

“Tollef Runquist: Inner Alchemy”

Sept. 3 to Oct. 30

Tollef Runquist’s exhibition presents new works from his continued exploration of the fantastical landscape, the terrain of the psychological and the actuality of everyday life. They are paintings of inquiry and affirmation, loose forms of self-prompt and examination of maker and viewer. They combine imaginary objects, human figures and the archetypal to create enigmatic worlds. Recurrent imagery of daily objects — fruit, hands, plants — ground the paintings and create a unique symbolic language.

Runquist received his BA in studio art from Dickinson College in 2002. Since then, he has been continuing his education through painting and other mediums. Runquist looks at a wide range of artists as inspiration, including Richard Diebenkorn, Monet, De Kooning, Gauguin, Bonnard, Rothko, Sargent, Gordon Grant, Gerhard Richter, Hopper, Homer, Klimt and Egon Schiele.

He lives and works in Searsport.

“Mast Year,” by Sarah McRae Morton.

“Sarah McRae Morton: Ribbon Cutting”

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.

McRae Morton 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.

She lives and paints in Cologne, Germany, and Pennsylvania. 

Read about the Wood Gaylor exhibition here.

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.

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