“Portals,” a solo show of new mixed media work by Dorothy Simpson Krause, will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, July 1 at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St., to run through the end of the month. The artist will talk about her work and sign copies of her new book, “Visions,” at 5 p.m.

In this new body of work, Krause was inspired by Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Kahn or A Vision in a Dream, a Fragment.” Her poetic mixed media work depicts a savage place where the river submerges into holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and architectural passageways. These portals, lit from within, reflect the branches and illuminate the floating leaves and flowers.

Krause balances and orchestrates her large palette of photographic images, paint, drawing, collage and encaustic elements to create a layered yet seamless final image within each artwork. She transfers monoprints onto uniquely prepared surfaces such as fresco, brushed aluminum, non-woven fabric and silver leaf. Other works in the exhibit resemble Polaroid emulsion transfers and there are photographic acetate prints applied over heavily distressed and oxidized copper sheets.

Krause is a painter, collage artist and pioneering printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her large scale pieces, artist books and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms. Her work is in more than two dozen museum collections; is exhibited regularly in this country and abroad; and is featured in numerous current periodicals and books. This exhibit is reviewed in the July/August issue of Art New England.

Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art and a recipient of the Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award and the Kodak Innovator Award. She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library; and was the Von Hess Visiting Artist at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Krause is the author of “Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books” and co- author, with Lhotka and Schminke, of “Digital Art Studio: Techniques” for combining inkjet printing with traditional art materials.

Landing Gallery’s summer hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to 8 p.m. Fridays); and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-4544.

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