On Wednesday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will hold a reception for artists Lois Dodd of Cushing and New York City; Kayla Mohammadi of Bremen and Boston; Jenifer Mumford of Tenants Harbor and Boston; Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor and Bill Martin of Thomaston. The exhibits will continue through Aug. 13.

In her first solo show at the Caldbeck, Mohammadi will show both large canvases and smaller works on paper. Her Finnish/Persian heritage is an important influence on her work and lately she is pushing her imagery to become even more abstract.

Mohammadi currently is a lecturer in the fine arts at Massachusetts College of Art, while visiting artist positions include Brandeis University, St. Mary’s College, University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, MassArt and the Fogg Art Museum.

In “Naked Ladies, Natural Disasters, and Puzzling Events, Both Real and Imagined,” Dodd has selected a body of work that seems to not quite fit into what is often expected from her. Dodd’s work has been shown widely in New York City and elsewhere in the United States for more than 60 years. Her first exhibit with the Caldbeck was in 1985; this is her ninth solo show since then.

Dodd’s work has received innumerable awards such as the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters 1991 Purchase Prize, while memberships include the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters, National Academy of Design, Colby College Museum Advisory Board, and the Skowhegan School Board of Governors. Her work is in the collections of Brooklyn College, Bryn Mawr College, Colby College, Cooper Hewitt Art Museum, Dartmouth College Art Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, National Academy of Design, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Museo dell ‘Arte, Udine, Italy, Portland Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum, Whitney Museum Print Collection, Chase Manhattan Bank of North America, Ciba-Geigy Corporation, First National City Bank, Metropolitan Life Insurance and R.J.Reynolds Industries.

Mumford’s exhibit, “Seasonal Gleanings,” is a body of work comprised of nine new paintings in acrylic on canvas. The focus of her work has always been the landscape, whether she works in Maine or in her studio in the Fort Point area of Boston. Mumford has shown widely in the Boston area; Princeton, N.J.; and Maine, and has been with the Caldbeck since 1995.

Mumford said of this recent work, “somehow the seasons seem to disappear so quickly these days, leaving behind just a glimmer of what has been. It is often the light and the shapes that remain in my visual suitcase and this group of paintings is for me like a small journal.” The artist goes on to say she is interested in the constant movement brought on by the changes of light and air, and the constant organic transformations, “which are felt but never really seen.”

Martin’s new body of work, which he calls the “Tribe, aka The River Sprite Gang,” arose out of his purchase of a new wood lathe, on which the artist has been turning a variety of white hardwoods such as basswood, poplar and maple. The pieces are subsequently carved into and then drawn on with a wood-burning tool, the result being a delightful group of figures that are both sculptural and narrative.

Working in metals and innumerable other sculptural materials, Martin has had many major commissions for installation pieces in Dallas, Cleveland, Boston, Toronto and Ottawa.  His Four Percent For Art commissions include one in Maine. With many exhibits of prints and sculpture in Maine, he has exhibited his work at the Caldbeck Gallery since 2001.

Becu is an intuitive artist whose sensual, spare, figurative forms evolve from found stones in ways that seem inevitable. The new work in this exhibit, much of it in granite, was carved over this past year. The artist has shown with the Caldbeck since it first opened in 1982.

Becu has been featured in Down East magazine and has participated in cultural exchanges for sculptors in Finland and France. She was the recipient of a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust and graduated from Ecole de Sculpture Surbois in St. Port Joli, Quebec, where she studied with reputed sculptor Pier Bourgeault. Later she studied with Sidney Simon at the Arts Students League in New York City and with Joan Esar at the University of Montreal. Becu was born in the town of Chandler in the Gaspe Penninsula, Quebec and lives now in Tenants Harbor.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-5935.

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