On Thursday, Jan. 28, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, 149 Main St, will celebrate the opening of “Eric Hopkins and Jill Hoy: Elemental Rhythms” with an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.

Hopkins and Hoy met at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in the early 1970s and have been fast friends ever since.

“We share a passion for the paintbrush, palette and sense of place,” said Hopkins, adding “When I think of elemental rhythms, cycles of nature, seasons, visual patterns, and colors all come to mind.”

Hopkins, a North Haven painter, photographer and glass artist who maintains a studio in downtown Rockland, is a keen observer of nature. Hoy, a painter who divides her time between Stonington and Somerville, Mass., takes inspiration from her physical interaction with nature.

“Elemental Rhythms” will remain on view at Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers through March 31, 2010. For more than 10 years, Thos. Moser’s alternative gallery space program has featured many emerging and well-known Maine artists in a stylish environment that celebrates fine art and the work of the hand. In addition to Hopkins and Hoy, the artists represented in Freeport include Tom Curry, Michelle Dangelo, Gifford Ewing, Philip Frey, Marguerite Robichaux, Judy Taylor, Wendy Turner, David Little, Susan Williams, Rufus Williams, David Vickery, Chuck Thompson, Deborah Randall and John Knight.

“We also regularly feature local artists who are lesser known and whose exhibition opportunities have been limited,” said program coordinator Laurie Perzley.

For more information, call 865-4519; to view the artists’ works, visit thosmoser.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.