Downtown Gallery, 2 Old Union Road in the village, will open its second show of the season, “Restraint, Release,” Friday July 1. The public is invited to an afternoon reception Saturday, July 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The diverse show features new work by gallery partners Carolyn Brown and Mary Boothby, along with several invited artists. Brown, an art teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, said what influences her when painting are the patterns and colors in nature, found objects picked up on hikes and abandoned camps and trails.

“Recently I’ve been looking at designs formed by water, ice, and growth of lichen on rocks. Rather than painting direct observations of nature, I’m using nature as a springboard to abstract work,” she said.

Boothby, a printmaker from Waldoboro, has been working on a group of self-portraits done in the drypoint technique, working directly on the copper plate and using anything from a dentist tool to sandpaper to create line and texture.

“I’m trying to move away from my more controlled, tight mezzotints and loosen up … it’s been a fun process,” she said.

Also showing their work will be local artists Andrea Cough, Greg Strom and Tyler Pope.   Cough came to Maine in 1996 to do a ceramic residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. She makes sculptural ceramics and prints at her home studio in Damariscotta. Strom of Portland originally is from Camden and has been a photographer and photo teacher for more than 20 years; his recent work explores the photographic capabilities of the iPhone. Pope lives in Whitefield where he works with copper to create masks and sculptures, forming them with hammers, punches, wood, fire and water to an amazing result.

“Restraint, Release” will run through July 31. Gallery hours are Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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