September may mean the winding down of summer vacations, but the newest front room exhibit at Art Space Gallery is a harbinger of an exciting fall Season. As part of Arts In Rockland’s (AIR) First Friday art walks, Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St., will host a reception Friday, Sept. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the works of a clay sculptor, two painters and a photographer.

Randy Fein is an accomplished clay sculptor and noted arts instructor. The limitless possibility of clay is her focus; the artist creates whimsical fish, odd birds, introspective sea women and relief landscape, all in clay.  Her expressive sculpture and painted pottery works are one of a kind. Fein describes her medium as “Mother Earth, the common mud under my boots.”

Fein’s public art installations adorn public buildings and private residences including Babson College, Wellesley, Mass.; Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor; and Maine Medical Center, Portland. The artist travels extensively, conducting workshops for people of all ages who want to express their creativity.  Fein resides in Lincolnville and maintains a studio in Belfast.

Painter William Landmesser grew up immersed in the visual beauty of the Adirondacks and New England. Formal studies began at Dartmouth College and continued at the Art Institute of Boston. Early on, his work received recognition from galleries such as Hirschl & Adler in New York City and Martha White Gallery in Louisville. Included in a 1981 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston (“Sunlight on Leaves, the Impressionist Tradition”), he was referenced as one of the promising young artists of the next generation.

For most of his professional life Landmesser has worked in Maine, inspired by light’s effect on natural and man-made forms. The artist begins with life studies, which often hold their own as collectible works. Those that speak strongest become the basis for studio paintings that he said have as their ultimate meaning the grace, goodness and truth of God. The artist resides in Stockton Springs.

Penny Markley has been painting for more than 30 years. Her subjects are most often landscapes of Maine, both coastal and inland, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but recent trips to the Southwest have brought an interest in the beauty of that area, as well.  She said when she paints or sketches the landscape, she feels she is a participant, not just an observer. That is evidenced by Markley’s experience as a serious mountain climber, orchardist (she and her husband owned and operated Lakeside Orchards in Manchester for 21 years) and educator.

Markley’s art training began at Columbia University and continued with such teachers as Philip Paratore, Doris Holman, Marsha Donahue  Ron Ranson and Skip Lawrence. Her work has been accepted in juried shows in Maine and is in numerous private collections. She lives in Winthrop and paints in watercolor, oil and acrylic.

Accomplished photographer Mike Vittorioso of North Waterboro has been interested in photography for most of his life. Despite growing up in metro Boston, he also developed a love for wildlife at an early age, thanks to the Franklin Park Zoo. Moving to Maine as a teen,  the future artist was recognized in 1973 by the Maine State Commission of the Arts and Humanities in its “First Biennial ‘Photography Maine’ Competition and Exhibition.” Since then, he has gone on in film and now digital photography, specializing in nature and wildlife photography, still life and portraiture.

Art Space is a co-operative gallery of 19 artists, and the works of all members are always on display in the several rooms of the gallery, which is located across from the Strand Theatre. September gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fridays until 8 p.m.); and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-8784 or visit artspacemaine.com.

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