‘LAUNDRY’ and ‘Marshall Point’ at Caldbeck

Aug 13, 2014
“Marshall Point: Full Center,” a 2014 watercolor on paper by David Dewey, is among his recent works going on view at Rockland’s Caldbeck Gallery.

Rockland — Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will open two exhibitions with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception Wednesday, Aug. 20. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy the work via “LAUNDRY: paintings, drawings, and pastels,” work by Lois Dodd of Cushing and New York City; and “The Marshall Point Paintings,” new work in watercolor by David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown, N.J.

In “LAUNDRY,” Dodd brings together a selection of work in different media, all concerned with the nature of laundry hanging on the line. The earliest painting from this group, “Laundry and Clouds,” was painted in 1977, and while most of the work was made between 1977 and 1982, the most recent, “Clothes Line”, an oil measuring 30-by-50 inches, was painted in 2005.

Dodd’s most recent major exhibit was the major retrospective “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light,” curated by Barbara O’Brien for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo., in 2012. This exhibit traveled to the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, where it hung during the winter of 2013. Currently, more than 70 works on paper by Dodd are on view at Colby College of Art Museum in Waterville..

“The Marshall Point Paintings” exhibit marks Dewey’s denouement to the past 25 years or so of painting at Marshall Point in Port Clyde.  He quotes from T.S. Eliot’s poem “Little Gidding”: “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all of our exploring shall be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time.” Dewey said artists return to places and experiences that continue to satisfy and help them move their creative urges and needs forward.

“Twenty-five to 30 years ago, when I painted at Marshall Point Light, my focus was on the white structures and their monumental presence. In the recent works in this show, the focus is more on the luminosity of light in the space,” he said.

The work in this show was painted in the last three years, including one very large piece, “Marshall Point,” painted this spring. Dewey’s work is in innumerable private and public collections. In Maine, permanent collections include Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum.

The shows will run through Sept. 27. Caldbeck Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturday s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“White Catastrophe” is a 1980 oil on panel by Lois Dodd, a longtime seasonal resident of Cushing.
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