At the end of a country road in Waldoboro in an old, big barn a new gallery will open on Friday, Sept. 23 called Hurricane Isle after the Hurricane Isle Granite Company, which operated a quarry nearby more than a century ago.

Owner/artist Robert Macdonald likes the idea that art should stir and sometimes upset, even create a kind of hurricane, rather than offer pleasing comfortable images of cozy harbors, proud lighthouses, rolling surf, delicate spring and colorful fall landscapes. Works with conventional subjects like these, painted with skill and taste by highly trained artists, he feels, are a kind of contemporary Maine folk art and certainly belong to a proud tradition. But it’s not that tradition he hopes to honor at Hurricane Isle.

Macdonald feels there’s plenty of room on the Midcoast for a gallery showing art that challenges the viewer with unusual subject matter, unusual ideas or that takes conventional subject matter and reinterprets it, skews it. Exhibitions he’s planning for the future include “Homer’s Nudes.” Winslow Homer, of course, painted no nudes, so we can paint nudes for him; we can populate his seascapes and landscapes with nude figures. Another exhibition, “Down with Plein Air Painting” will demonstrate, he believes, that a much fresher air blows through the artist’s studio than rustles the leaves outside or musses the artist’s hair. In the future he hopes to interest other artists in showing works that challenge and surprise.

For this first exhibition, he has put up some of his work done in Japan and shown in two exhibitions, one in 1997 focused on Japanese Sumo wrestling and in another exhibition in 2004 on Japanese mythology and religion. There is also work done in Maine and exhibited at Maine Coast Artists (1987) and in Chicago at the Art Institute (1985) and at Kennedy-King Gallery (1987).

An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at the gallery at 175 Quarry Road. Gallery hours are Mondays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. The exhibition continues through Oct. 30.