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‘A Walk in the Park’ at D’Alessio Gallery

“A Walk in the Park,” by Russell D’Alessio.

D’Alessio Gallery will present a new show, “A Walk in the Park,” beginning July 2 in the gallery and online.

The show features new work by Russell D’Alessio. The pieces are full of life, textures, colors and expression. Like all of his work, each piece is created with love and passion.

The show runs through July 31. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 2. Meet and chat with the artist and hear live music by Leavin’ Tulsa, Jayme Lou Durham and Jim Vekasi. Refreshments will be served.

D’Alessio Gallery is at 12 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. Go to www.rdalessioart.com, call 207-351-5450, or email info@rdalessioart.com for more information.

2021 Guild Fine Craft Show Preview Party 

La Rochelle Mansion + Museum

Beginning in 2020, the Maine Crafts Association assumed management of four fine craft shows previously managed by the Maine Crafts Guild. The intent of the shows, as it was under Maine Crafts Guild management, is to nurture a marketplace where the public can see, collect and learn about the highest quality craft objects made by Maine’s most dedicated, talented and trained craft artists who have mastered their tools, techniques and vision to create original fine craft objects for everyday use and special occasions.

The MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: MDI @ La Rochelle Mansion + Museum will be the premier Guild show managed by the Maine Crafts Association.

Tickets are $25 for the Preview Party on July 23, which includes admission and refreshments at the oceanfront lawn and gardens of La Rochelle.

Peruse 30-plus Maine craft artists selling their finely crafted wares and see everything from handwoven rugs, to fine jewelry, pottery, furniture and more.

Show hours are 5 to 8 p.m. July 23 (Preview Party), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25.

La Rochelle Mansion + Museum is at 127 West St., Bar Harbor.

D’Alessio Gallery opens for the season with ‘A Walk in the Park’

D’Alessio Gallery

D’Alessio Gallery officially opens for the summer season on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 to may 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Alternate hours and private showings are available by appointment.

Although Bar Harbor will not be hosting First Friday Art Walks this coming season, D’Alessio Gallery will be open First Friday evenings of each month until 9 p.m. beginning July 2 with a show of new works titled “A Walk in the Park,” a continuation of “D’Alessio Klimted,” featuring self-expression of colors, concepts and textures using a collection of Klimt’s photographs, painting, drawings and thoughts.

See the newest works, and meet and chat with the artist Russell D’Alessio during a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. July 2. Music will be provided by Leavin’ Tulsa, Jayme Lou Durham and Jim Vekasi, and refreshments will be served. The show runs through July 31.

D’Alessio has also been working on another series of paintings called “A Bevy of Bunnies.”

“Rabbits, they are embedded in my DNA,” he says.

His father taught him to draw rabbits at a young age. “Having never had a pet rabbit I believe my dad illustrating these bunnies is why they show up in my works. My latest colony of bunny paintings resounds the curiosity, joy, surprise, or contentment echoed in our own lives and those of our friends and family.”

D’Alessio is also accepting a few additional commissions for 2021.

D’Alessio Gallery is at 12 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. Go to www.rdalessioart.com, call 207-351-5450, or email info@rdalessioart.com for more information.

Russell D’Alessio opens gallery for the season

“Golden Orchard with Red Bird,” by Russell D’Alessio.

Artist Russell D’Alessio is celebrating 32 years of showcasing art in Bar Harbor.

D’Alessio Gallery opens Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28 through 31. Alternate hours and private showings are available by appointment.

Although Bar Harbor will not be hosting First Friday Art Walks this coming season, D’Alessio Gallery will be open on First Friday evenings of each month until 9 p.m., beginning July 2 with the new show “A Walk in the Park.” Come see the newest works and meet and chat with the artist. Refreshments will be served.

D’Alessio Gallery is at 12 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. Go to www.rdalessioart.com, call 207-351-5450, or email info@rdalessioart.com for more information.

Russell D’Alessio reopens his gallery

Russell D’Alessio

Artist Russell D’Alessio is showing paintings, drawings, and graphics at his gallery in Bar Harbor, which is now reopened.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Commissions are now being accepted. See https://www.russelldalessioart.com/commissions for details.

D’Alessio Gallery is at 12 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. Go to www.rdalessioart.com, call 207-351-5450, or email info@rdalessioart.com for more information.

D’Alessio Gallery Opens for the Season

Bold and colorful paintings, drawings and graphics by Russ D’Alessio are on exhibit at D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. His “New Rules” paintings depict our “new normal” due to COVID-19.

Operations including shows will continue, although mostly online and with pre-arranged, in-person appointments. Shipping is free on online orders.

For more information, go to https://www.russelldalessioart.com, or call 207-351-5450.

New Works at D’Alessio Gallery

Join D’Alessio Gallery during Bar Harbor’s Art Walk on October 4th from 6-9pm and see how Gustav Klimt’s works have influenced Russell’s multi-media works on paper or canvas with india ink, acrylic, gold leaf and gold dust.

Chocolates & Spirits served.

“A self-expression of colors, concepts, & textures using a collection of my photographs, paintings, drawings, thoughts, and impressions. I have entwined technology with my traditional media of acrylic, collage, and ink drawings and I then transcend these original images beyond their origin to be viewed in a new dimension.

Frequently I find myself adding silver leaf, copper leaf, gold leaf or gold dust. On several works I have added bits of inspiration from the painter Gustav Klimt. Multiple, multiple layers later, these works are created on canvas, or fine papers. All are archival originals.” 

Artist Russell D’Alessio

New Works at D’Alessio Gallery

“Joy with Butterflies” original multi media india ink, acrylic, gold dust & gold leaf on canvas 36″ x 24″

I am frequently asked “how long it takes for Russ to paint a piece?” My answer is always the same, sometimes a piece is created in a day or two, sometimes they are in the studio a year or more. It depends on how the story is playing out for him as he goes back and forth between many canvases as it all unfolds.

Not often, but sometimes Russ will come to the gallery and take a painting off the wall and bring it back to the studio to finish. I know you are thinking if it is hanging on the wall in the gallery it is finished, yes, that is what I also believe, sometimes, just sometimes that piece is speaking to him to continue that story one step further. This happened a few weeks ago with “Incognito.”

If you have been in the gallery recently you may have seen this work hanging and perhaps thought like me it was wonderful…13 friends strutting their style. Russ adding more of his artistic flair has made it  fantastic! The addition of gold leaf and gold dust in the background plus color shifts in their attire make you feel like the women are strutting right off the canvas. Three years later, it is finished. For me, I want to know what the pink bird knows? 

D’Alessio Gallery is located at 12 Mt. Desert St. in Bar Harbor, Maine

D’Alessio Gallery Hosts “Eden: a 50-year Retrospective”

 

D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor will host an art opening on August 2 celebrating 50 years of art by local artist Russell D’Alessio. The opening will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor and will include a reunion of the “The Anderson Brothers,” a local Bar Harbor band in the 70’s, champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

The event kicks off the exhibition Eden: A Retrospective, documenting five decades of artistic evolution for the colorful painter, beginning with his art school days. D’Alessio’s journey as a Maine artist began when he was inspired by his first visit to Bar Harbor while still a student in 1969. Enchanted by the beauty of the area, he and wife Linda D’Alessio relocated to Mount Desert Island in 1974.

In ‘88 the couple settled into their new home and studio in Dedham Maine.  The view from their perch on Button hill was over the setting moon. This inspired the new studio’s name, Over the Moon Studios.

 

Over the Moon Studios opened its first store in Bar Harbor in 1989, 30 years ago.  The following year the gallery was renamed Pretty Marsh Gallery featuring and featured Over the Moon Studio products and Russ’s fine art including paintings, carvings, and graphics.

Linda says,it has been an amazing journey for the both of us.” Ten years ago, the artistic journey continued with a move to Mt. Desert Street and a name change to D’Alessio Gallery. Today, D’Alessio is known for his paintings, frequently of women, featuring playfully bold fields of color and spontaneous brushstrokes. His worksoften whimsical, sometimes more serious and politicalhave enchanted decades of gallery visitors and collectors. Reflecting on the connections he creates through his art, D’Alessio says, “I am creating a world, an expression of myself, that extends to other people. Collectors first see the color, which brings a smile to their faces; then they realize there is content to it and they connect. It becomes part of them.”

The opening and exhibition celebration of 50 years of continuous evolution that includes not only paintings but also mixed media, collage, sculpture, and prints. “Like any true artist,” Linda D’Alessio says, Russell D’Alessiois “always creating, always moving forward. It will be exciting to see what the next 50 years will bring!

Show runs through August 5th in the gallery – online through August 31st – www.rdalessioart.com

About D’Alessio Gallery: D’Alessio Gallery, owned by local artist Russell D’Alessio connects visitors and collectors to the colorful expressionist paintings of this Bar Harbor artist. The gallery features revolving shows of his works and those of guest artists and is open daily from mid-May to mid-October and online at russelldalessioart.com.

New Works by Russell D’Alessio

A Walk Into Spring 2

Russell describes the means to the end of the pieces, “I begin with a drawing, most of the time a woman then overlaid on a background of textures that contain bits of photographs I have taken along the way on our travels.  I then add layers of paint, sometimes also adding  silver leaf, gold leaf, copper leaf, or india ink, sometime a spray of silver glitter and sometimes an additional layer of gold leaf to be-jewel. To several of the works I have added bits of inspiration from the painter Gustav Klimt but each painting itself is composed of many layers.”
These original works are available on the website at www.russelldalessioart.com