The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will exhibit the work of David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown, N.J.; Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Tim Van Campen of Thomaston. A opening reception for the artists and their respective solo shows will take place Wednesday, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. the show will continue through Aug. 14.

In “Moon Tide,” Dewey’s exhibit of recent watercolors,  the focus is on the waterfront of Rockland and the viewscape from Drift In Beach in Martinsville. Identifying the location is not important, however; what the artist is seeking is the intrinsic and exquisite beauty of the place, where the moon rises out of and sets into the water or when his passion for the shapes of boat hulls, tied up at the docks and up on the railway, demands the skills of his unsurpassed draftsmanship. In three large works, as many as 20 washes are floated onto 500 pound Arches watercolor paper. Twenty-five small watercolors were all done on location. Dewey’s work is in the collections of  nearly every museum in Maine as well as the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island,  Washington State University, Rider University  and innumerable corporate collections. This is his fourth solo exhibit at the Caldbeck, where he has shown since 2004.

Epstein’s first solo Caldbeck show, titled “Summer Paintings,” offers 20 canvases and panels in oil. The artist, who has come to Cushing in the summer for the past 16 years, recently bought a farmhouse there so he can spend more and more time working in Maine. In addition to the works painted in Cushing, some were painted on Prince Edward Island and in Frenchtown, N.J. Epstein’s paintings often have more going on in them than is first apparent, exploring the intersection of the man-made and the natural landscapes. Epstein earned an master of fine arts degree from Brooklyn College, studying with Lennart Anderson, Lois Dodd and John Walker. His work has been seen in many solo and group shows in galleries and museums including the Trenton City Museum, Newark Museum and the Noyes Museum of Art, all of New Jersey; the National Academy of Design in New York; USSR Artists Union Gallery in Moscow; and, in Maine, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s “After Dark” exhibition.

Van Campen’s first Caldbeck solo show was in 1987, and the gallery is delighted to be working with him once again. He certainly is well known in Maine, where he first came to study at the Skowhegan School; and in Philadelphia, where he earned his degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.   His work revolves around symmetrical, hard edged, geometric abstraction. He works with archival pigment printing combined with airbrush and acrylic paint on canvas.

“Most of the paintings in this exhibit were inspired by earlier works I created in the ’80s and ’90s. I have digitally reconstructed them using my ‘typewriter drawings’ and images from earlier, large-scale acrylic on canvas works,” he said.

Toward the end of the 1980s, Van Campen’s art moved into textile design, which led to work as a freelance designer for such textile design firms as Knoll, HBF, Michaelian and Kohlberg, Durkan, Collins & Aikman and Hallmark. Currently, the artist designs custom carpets for the individual clients of architects and designers; the rugs are handknotted in Nepal, India and China. Design awards and honors include the Milliken Design Award, Interior Design Roscoe Award, Metropolitan Home Design, Best of Neocon Gold Award and first place in the ASID Interior Design Product Award. His paintings, which include large canvases on acrylic as well as small mixed media drawings on paper, are in many collections in Maine and Philadelphia.

Caldbeck Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-5935.

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