Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will open “Lyrical Landscapes and DreamScapes” Friday, Aug. 5 during the First Friday art walk. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Laurie Goddard has created a series of lyrical abstracted landscapes on paper and panel. She sees these visual interpretations as distillations of time spent in Italy, Japan, the Middle East and her home in Western Massachusetts. Goddard was heavily influenced by her study of architecture and calligraphy in Japan, and her recent trip to the Middle East has had a profound effect on her work, as well.

“Now that I have traveled a bit in the Middle East — Morocco, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia — the desert, the pace and rhythms of the Bedouin, the colors, the role of women (their clothing) and particularly the music are influencing my work in many new ways,” she said.

Goddard’s works on paper are made with metal leaf, graphite and acrylic paint. Her works on panel are gessoed hardwood panels gilded with combinations of semi-precious leaf and metallic powders, with gestural and expressionistic over-painting. This process pushes the limits of water based media and forces their compatibility with metals. Pastels, pencil or charcoal also are applied in the detailing.

“I am influenced by the great Modernists and the Abstract Expressionists, as well as recorded music and poetry. Gesture, serenity, memory, elegance and the thrill of the hunt are my main motives in painting,” she said.

Goddard’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Amherst and Emerson colleges; four embassies; and many significant private art collections.

Jon Kolkin’s DreamScapes are his way of elucidating his dream world onto paper through his camera. It is the artist’s firm conviction there are more than there dimensions of space and one dimension of time. Scientists specializing in quantum physics support this theory, but he is intrigued by this concept because of the breathtaking and inspirational experiences he sometimes has in his dreams.

“I visualize these Dreamscapes in vivid, rich colors, often situated in a lush and sensual environment. I am able to glide through these landscapes, surveying this world from unique macro and micro vantage points. In this journey I also discover intricately designed objects that I have never seen or conceived of,” he explained.

Kolkin’s DreamScape Series recently was selected as the exclusive featured portfolio for the 20-year anniversary edition of the award-winning NC Literary Review. B&W Magazine recently published an image from the series as well.

Carver Hill Gallery’s summer hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 594-7745 or visit

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