The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will celebrate First Friday in June with the spring exhibit “Significant Works by 16 Gallery Artists.” Although it officially opened during the Memorial Day Weekend gallery night, First Friday gives those who stayed home on account of the rain another chance to join in.

One of the featured works is Barbara Sullivan’s work in shaped fresco, “Queen Anne Chair with Homer and Spike.” Created earlier this year, this new piece of Sullivan’s acknowledges the beauty in the tradition of furniture making — in this case, a chair from the Queen Anne period which, in American terms, is defined by the years 1720 to 1760. The artist’s portrait of this chair enjoys the traditional cabriole legs as well as the cushioned seat, which was a new and improved concept for chairs of the 18th century.

Sullivan’s gift for painting in true “buon fresco” can be seen in the clear blue pigment and calligraphic line she uses to portray the fabric. Fresco is an ancient medium that uses finely ground pigments suspended in water, which is then painted into wet plaster. The chemical bonds that form during the drying are permanent, and can withstand the millennia.  Sullivan first learned her craft at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since then, she has developed her own approach via shaped fresco bas-relief sculpture. She lives and works in Solon.

The exhibit runs through Saturday, July 6.   Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594 5935 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or