Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will present the only Northeast solo exhibition for acclaimed painter America Martin. There will be an opening night reception with the artist Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 8 p.m., and Martin also will be on hand for the First Friday art walk the following evening, July 1.

Martin is a Colombian-American fine artist based in Los Angeles. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as a scholarship student and completed an eight- year apprenticeship with Professor Vernon Wilson of the Art Center College of Design in California. Her work is heavily rooted in the masters, but her Colombian heritage is obvious and alive in her work.

Martin creates her paintings on raw canvas, using layers of oil and acrylic paint protected with varnish.

“Painting on natural fibers, un-slathered with the conformity of ice-cold gesso, makes each canvas feel like a free, breathable piece of paper … colors are awakened and come alive.” said the artist.

Her works are often large, and possess confidence and innocence simultaneously. Martin loves children and was the first artist in residence at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, post Hurricane Katrina. Funded by a grant from the Mississippi Art’s Commission, Martin worked with children for four weeks; the program culminated in a “Through the Eyes of Children” exhibition.

Martin’s exhibition will run through July 27. For more information, call 594-7745 or visit For more information on the artist, visit

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