The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will exhibit the work of Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Ken Greenleaf of Waldoboro and Antonia Munroe of Camden beginning with a public reception for the artists Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pinette’s new landscapes are in oil on gessoed rag paper mounted on canvas; oil on panel; and oil on canvas, 25 paintings in all. He said these paintings are about random observations of common forms that provoke thoughts of common beauty such as piles of sand, excavations, dirt/rust, lightening, weeds, hot July air and turbulent water.

“I’m attracted to vacant places, which are sometimes in the ‘real’ world where I paint from life and sometimes in my studio where I paint from certain poetic logic, a longing to make my instincts clear. I am a realist painter working within a tradition best defined as American Romantic, a view that seems to reinvent itself with each new generation,” he said.

Pinette’s work is included in the permanent collections for the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass.; Portland Museum of Art; Farnsworth Art Museum; Colby, Bowdoin and Bates colleges’ museums of art; and the U.S. Department of State. In 2003, the Farnsworth mounted a major retrospective, “The Lucid Mark: Fifteen Years of Painting,” which was reviewed by Deborah Weisgall for the New York Times. This is Pinette’s sixth solo exhibit with the Caldbeck, where he has been represented since 1999.

In “Trajectory: New Work,” Greenleaf will exhibit a number of canvases in acrylic on raw canvas on shaped supports, mostly in the size range of 24-by-25 inches. The artist said while his work has always been embedded in philosophical and theoretical framework, his method has been intuitive and based in a sensory reaction to shapes and materials. In the beginning, Greenleaf worked with three-dimensional materials such as steel, wood and stone. His evolution into working in two dimensions on paper and on canvas enables him to do more with less; his original engagement with relations between shapes and materials is now the central focus for the work: black shapes converse with the raw canvas inside the not squared edges of the stretcher bars.

“I seek an art without narrative, rhetoric, or illusion. Art is, by its nature, an abstraction, and I wish to go directly to its nature,” he said.

Greenleaf’s work is in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Bates and Colby colleges, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Exhibitions include Gold/Smith Gallery in Boothbay; O’Farrell Gallery, formerly of Brunswick; Farnsworth Art Museum; Gleason Fine Art; Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York City; and the Sculptor’s Guild Outdoors in Houston and New York City. As art critic, Greenleaf currently writes for the Portland Phoenix; he wrote for the Maine Times from 1976 to 1978 and for the Portland Press Herald from 1991 to 1999. This is his first solo exhibit with the Caldbeck.

In her exhibit of new work, called “Miniatures”, Munroe offers a window through which to see a modern world of abstracted shapes, stitched together with the traditions of ancient architectural forms and gardens, the source of her inspiration in this body of work. She explores her love for the pieces of handprinted textiles, gathered over the years, which always appear in her art. In her 2008 Caldbeck exhibit, these materials took center stage in paintings about triangle-shaped quilting pieces discovered, tied in a small bundle, on a lawn sale table. This time, random shapes were cut from treasured silks and painted with gouache and layered through collage, then painstakingly finished with embroidery thread.

Munroe’s work is in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum and in many corporate collections including American Telephone and Telegraph, Boston Public Library, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Chemical Bank. Exhibitions include the Silvermine Guild in Connecticut; the Clark Gallery in Massachusetts; Victoria Munro Fine Arts, formerly of New York City; and, in Maine, the Frick Gallery and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. This is her sixth solo exhibit with the Caldbeck.

The show will run through Sept. 18. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call 594-5935 or visit

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