Carver Hill Gallery’s locations at 264 Meadow St., Rockport and 338 Main St., Rockland both will have opening receptions Friday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Rockport location will feature photographer Jon Kolkin, winner of Color Magazine’s Spotlight award in 2009, in a solo show. Kolkin’s work is intended to inspire others to challenge their own perceptions of “truth” about their surroundings — to look beyond their experiential understanding of reality. Before Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Cubist Georges Braque utilized simultaneous perspectives to suggest something beyond three dimensions. Kolkin is a self-proclaimed spatial explorer: “I have clearly glimpsed at least one other dimension. In fact, I suspect there are more than four,” he said.

His photographs depict what Kolkin refers to as the raw aesthetics of our planet. The show is titled “Equilibrium: Finding the Balance” and will be on display through August.

Carver Hill Gallery Rockland will feature a continuation of its “Rhapsody in Hue” music exhibition and an ongoing group exhibition. New work by Ukrainian artist Alexey Slusar will be featured, recent works of flamenco dancers that are vibrant and evoke a palpable understanding of the relationship between the dancer and her musical accompaniment.

Slusar, who paints in oil, has exhibited worldwide. He entered the Academy of Architecture in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine and started work as an architect and designer, completing many major public  projects while simultaneously working as a sculptor and decorator. Painting, however, became his passion. In 1998, he moved to Prague, which provides continuous inspiration.

Other featured work includes photographs by Cig Harvey, who teaches at the Maine Media Workshops; watercolors by favorite Dianne Schelble; oils honoring the hypnotic sound of the ocean by Dennis Arbour; and Rob Report Magazine’s pick Stephen Gleasner’s “Finnish Plyscapes,” a cerebral woodturner’s take on the ocean’s horizon.

Hours in Rockport are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rockland gallery is open daily the same hours.

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