From Friday, Oct. 7 through Nov. 12, Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will exhibit the work of Bayard Hollins of Islesboro and Basalt, Colo.; and Jon Taner of Fairlawn, N.J. The public is invited to a reception for the artists Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hollins said there are many influences in his work, but the dominant theme tends to be the interaction between classical realism and abstract expressionism. He works fast and with large strokes to convey the rawness of nature.

“I want to leave every painting in what could be considered an incomplete state, because I believe an unrefined painting is truer to nature and to my own emotions,” he said.

The paintings selected for this exhibit include works in acrylic on paper and three oils on canvas. Several are about his home in the mountains of Colorado, but the majority of this exhibit is about Islesboro, where the artist spends time every summer to paint and to be with family. Hollins called the island a place rich in history and beauty.

Hollins’ studies include the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Program at Lacoste, France; the University of Salamanca in Spain; the Studio Cecil-Graves in Florence, Italy; the New York Academy of Art; and the Florence Academy of Art. This is his first solo show with the Caldbeck.

Taner began his art studies at the Art Students’ League in New York City, followed by studies at the Philadelphia College of Art in two- and three-dimensional design as well as figure drawing. After working for the next year at a large advertising firm on Madison Avenue, the artist left for Oakland, Calif. to continue his studies in fine art. He has a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA in painting from Syracuse University, where he continued developing his interest in collage, taking it to a more sculptural level with paintings on shaped canvases.

Returning to his home state of New Jersey, Taner started his own framing studio and art gallery representing local and nationally recognized artists. His paintings were also acquired by many private and corporate collectors. He currently works on a smaller, more intimate scale; the 16 works in this Caldbeck exhibit are all collage with watercolor, a delightful play between shapes, color and meaning. Recent shows of Taner’s work include Gail Browne Gallery in Provincetown, Mass.; North Haven Gallery; and the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, Mass. This is his first solo exhibit at the Caldbeck.

Fall gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon 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.