On Friday evening, Sept. 3, the Harbor Square galleries will open the 2010 fall season with major exhibits featuring new works by three remarkable artists — Christopher Cart, Anna Sweeten and Shaune McCarthy.

The gallery at 21 Winter St. will offer a completely new collection of paintings by longtime gallery favorite Chris Cart. Cart has become very quickly one of Harbor Square’s most collected painters, known for his mastery of the human form in movement, relationship and at rest. In 2008, he completed and installed a major public commission in Brunswick featuring 22 almost life-size figures. His new show will include works on paper, panel and canvas, with an emphasis on egg temperas. Cart received the official commission for the portrait of Maine Chief Justice Daniel Wathen, which was unveiled at a ceremony at the Superior Court in Augusta in 2001.

McCarthy is a sculptor from northern New Hampshire. Her ceramic figures, an exploration of movement and pose, investigate the enigma of the human spirit and condition: our ability to act, whether we choose to or not, for better or for worse. Her “people” stand alone or in relationship, “wrestling with choice.”

At Harbor Square’s Maine street gallery, new paintings from English painter Anna Sweeten will be the feature, including some remarkable works in egg tempera as well as acrylics recently received from her London studio. The extent of Sweeten’s research is such that innumerable artists could be cited as inspirations. With the prominence of buildings in her landscapes, the influence of Hopper and Sheeler is readily discernible, as well as American landscape photographers Wright Morris, David Plowden and Dorothea Lange. Her Maine paintings include portraits of many singularly beautiful houses and barns, sentinels of a rapidly disappearing age of quiet grace, utility and spaciousness. Sweeten is represented exclusively in the United States by Harbor Square Gallery.

An added feature within the fall exhibit at the Main Street gallery will be the outstanding metalsmithing and jewelry designs of California artist Alexandra Hart. Known nationally for her sophisticated and artful couture jewelry and metal sculpture, Hart has been invited to exhibit in galleries and museums throughout this country and abroad. Her work is both dramatic and highly wearable, a graceful union of two worlds not often achieved. This remarkable collection will remain on display through mid-September.

Both downtown Harbor Square locations will be hosting receptions for these new exhibits during Art In Rockland’s First Friday art walk Sept. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 594-8700.

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