Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will present “David Estey — Encore,” its second solo exhibition of the Belfast artist’s current work on Yupo paper. The show will open on First Friday, June 7, with an artist’s reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery will also host an artist's talk and Q&A session the following day, Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. The show will run through July 2.

Estey’s first exhibit, "Improvisations on Yupo," represented 37 pieces completed in 14 months. This new series represents 28 more pieces of the now growing collection and also will include two larger works. Yupo is a synthetic paper originally manufactured in Japan. The surface is very smooth, with almost no tooth, holding super sharp edges while allowing paint to stay wet on the surface long enough for manipulation. Unlike painting on artist’s panels or stretched canvases (where his pieces were slow and deliberate due to the time and cost of assembling them), Estey puts the paint down on this new surface quickly and spontaneously.

“Working in acrylic on Yupo has enabled me to develop extraordinarily fresh, abstract expressions without any preconceived notions,” he said.

Estey is a dedicated painter, competent in many different styles. A talented realist, he organizes life drawing sessions with a group of local artists. Although he enjoys this departure immensely, he always seems to return to his abstract expressions.

Estey holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington University. He has lived, worked, exhibited and taught art in Maine, the Mid-Atlantic States and North Carolina. His work can be found in public and private collections in much of the United States and Canada, as well as Belarus, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Vienna and more. He has had solo exhibitions in museums, galleries and several universities over the past 20 years. In 2012, his work was acquired for many more public spaces, as well as the U.S. State Department’s Art Bank program. Maine Home and Design Magazine named him one of Maine’s most collectible artists.

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