Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St., will celebrate the high season of summer with featured members Emilia Carbone, Barbara Fischer Eldred, Anne Metcalfe and Hannah Nelsbach showing in the gallery’s front room. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Aug. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Night AIR (Arts in Rockland) First Friday art walk.

Carbone is a young oil painter whose work is loose while remaining representational. Whether it is the industrial nighttime of  Waltham, Mass. or the island of Monhegan,  Carbone’s work is about the paint as much as the subject. A new member of Art Space Gallery, this Portland native, now living in Thomaston, already has established herself as one the gallery’s most popular artists.

Eldred hails from East Boothbay, where she maintains two studios, one for her clay work and one for her two-dimensional monoprints.  In both her prints and handbuilt clay forms, fish and other native wildlife are an important inspiration. Some, like her baby rattles inspired by native American culture, are both artistic and utilitarian. Eldred also paints expertly in acrylic and watercolor.

Metcalfe is a well-known Midcoast native who grew up in Waldoboro and attended Medomak Valley High School. She studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and at Haystack, where she was introduced to monotypes. She said she is attracted to the medium because it is “reminiscent of photography but feels like painting.” She uses the flora of her (and her friends’) gardens as the template for her prints, each of which is original even though she often rearranges and reuses the flora. She is the current president of the artist-run gallery.

Like Eldred and Fischer, Nelsbach is a veteran member of Art Space Gallery. She is a mixed media artist who loves to celebrate color and the human form. She will be exhibiting a brand new series, the creation of which began with a winter trip to Aruba. Spotting some old store manikins, the artist was able to obtain several  and bring them home in her and her husband’s golf bags. The colorful series takes on extra meaning knowing that Nelsbach’s artistic postwar German upbringing, prior to attending the Bauhaus, consisted of drawing with only pencil and charcoal on paper and concrete. Nelsbach resides in Tenants Harbor.

As work is sold throughout the gallery’s three rooms, new work is continuously being put on display by all 20 members of the gallery, who include painters, jewelers, ceramicists and photographers. Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (to 8 p.m. Fridays) and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-8784.

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