Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St., invites everyone to an opening reception Friday, July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Four of the 19 venerable artists at Art Space will exhibit new works that are showcased in the gallery’s front room.

Free from the confines of social convention, Lauren Gill stretches her creative canvas beyond the limitations of one style, one subject or even one medium; viewers sometimes ask if her paintings are by the same artist. A masterful use of color ties her paintings together.

Working primarily in oils and acrylic, Penny Markley captures the essence of Maine, both coastal and inland, by painting plein air whenever the weather permits. Her work recently was part of a competitive juried exhibition by the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic.

Barbara Fischer Eldred’s most recent series features ravens as an animal symbol connecting the physical and spiritual worlds. Innovatively using gold leaf to create petroglyph symbols, her prints are accomplished by pressing inked plates onto special paper.

Kay Sullivan’s small pastel drawings have a true intimacy, begging for closer inspection of the mark-making. She focuses on patterns and colors in her work about rhythms and cycles in the natural world.

Art Space features works by artists of various media and genres distributed across three rooms and hall, and most of the artists will be on hand July 5 to share refreshments and conversation. The gallery is open daily in July. For more information and examples of the members’ artwork, visit

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