As autumn hosts nature’s magnificent display of changing color, Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St., will open a new front room exhibit Friday, Oct. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring the works of Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Lauren Gill, Annie Mahoney and Joan Wright.

Bellmore is a Midcoast native of Finnish descent, related to and inspired by the late photographer Kosti Ruohomaa. She graduated from Rockland District High School and received a degree in fine art from the University of Maine. The artist’s work can be divided into three categories: traditional and digital photography; traditional watercolor paintings; and pmc (precious metal clay) and dichroic glass jewelry. Her digitally enhanced photographs reflect a personal painterly vision of Penobscot Bay. Her fine silver and dichroic glass jewelry have been strong sellers at the artist-run cooperative gallery, now in its seventh season.  Bellmore has been a member of the gallery for much of that time.

Gill also works in several media, primarily within the field of painting. Whether working in watercolor, acrylics, oil or a combination thereof, Gill’s paintings are saturated with color and light: “The French impressionists always spoke about the quality of light in Provence. I am similarly entranced by the exceptionally clear and ever-changing light in Maine,” she said. This is Gill’s first year at Art Space. Prior to moving to Maine, the artist resided in New Jersey and southwest Florida, both of which are home to many of her works held in private and corporate collections. Gill also has had the honor of being juried into exhibits at the Albright Know Museum of Art in Buffalo, N.Y.

Mahoney also is a new member of Art Space Gallery. Now a resident of Rockland’s south end, where she maintains a studio, Mahoney studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Pratt Institute and the Instituto in San Miguel de Allende. Her work has been shown in Portland, at Congress Square Gallery, Hitchcock Gallery, Danforth Street Gallery and numerous studio shows. Pittsburgh in the 40’s is a recent series created as a memoir, the cityscape as the artist remembers it.

Wright, like Bellmore, is a long-time gallery member. She is a photographer and pastel painter with a keen sense of composition. Her interest is focused on the intersection of land and water. She has been photographing Vinalhaven for the past 25 years and especially enjoys capturing images in the fog, as her large prints demonstrate. For the current exhibit, Wright is showing a series of photographs on the subject of a fish weir on Vinalhaven. Prints of these recent works have been selling on Vinalhaven and they will be available in small sizes, as well as the large prints being shown.

All four artists, as well as the other gallery members — there are 19 in all, all of whose work is on view throughout the gallery — will be on hand to answer questions about their work.

Gallery hours through Columbus Day weekend are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Beginning Oct. 12, the gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by chance or appointment; call 594-8784, visit or see the Facebook page.

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