Helen Corning will have a one-person show of acrylic abstract paintings Wednesday, July 27 through Aug. 11 in the Jean B. Chalmers Art Gallery on the second floor of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, July 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. The artist also will be present at the gallery during Rockland’s Aug. 5 First Friday art walk.

A new Thomaston transplant from Washington, D.C., Corning has maintained studios around the world including Tokyo and Ein Hod, Israel. For the past 30 years, her studio has been in Kensington, Md. Over the winter, she moved to Thomaston and set up a studio at Lincoln Street Center.

Large abstract canvases with a spare palate of earth colors, Corning’s works have been called poetic, prophetic and filled with restful simplicity. Corning has exhibited extensively in the Washington, D.C. area and her paintings are in many private collections. She has taught at the University of Maryland and, for 20 years, led one of that area’s most popular abstract painting classes at Glen Echo’s art colony.

About her work, Corning said that as she grows older, perhaps wiser, she becomes more questioning about all things, including art. The enjoyment of doing art is very much still there; the enjoyment of the results, however, changes with time and place.

“To me, ‘less is more.’ A year spent in Japan reinforced that philosophy. I find overload everywhere. I strive for elements that ‘suggest’ but do not ‘INSIST,'” she said, likening her paintings to haiku, “being a very concise short poem that has a lot to say.”

Corning’s work has been recognized with one-person and juried shows and exhibitions, among others, at the Touchstone and Picasso Galleries in Washington, D.C.; Atheneum Gallery in Alexandria, Va.; and the Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Md., as well as the Corcoran Art Gallery and Pan American Building in Washington, D.C., and numerous bicentennial exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution. Her work is in the private collections of the Weitzmann Institute, Israel; Sohio Collection, Washington, D.C.; Bell Atlantic; Federal Bank of Baltimore; and Howard Hughes Medical Center, Va. She has been an artist fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony and Banff Centre for the Arts, among others. She is recognized as a master teacher.

Lincoln Street Center provides the arts for everyone by offering affordable classes, wide-ranging exhibitions, studio space to working artists and special art-related events and performances. It is a supportive environment where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can study, create and present all forms of art. Through educational programs, opportunity outreach and exhibitions, Lincoln Street Center brings people together and enhances community life. For more information, visit lincolnstreetcenter.org.

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