Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will open Todd McKie’s street-level solo exhibition “Life is Funny Art is Serious” with a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday artist’s reception on Aug. 2. The following day, Saturday, Aug. 3, the gallery will host an artist’s talk at 1 p.m., when McKie will discuss his painting, museum shows and artist’s residencies. There will be a Q&A immediately following the talk.

McKie has been calling attention to himself with his potent, epigrammatic paintings for more than 30 years. He labors over his palette and composition, often layering backgrounds to look like modern-day frescos. Titles such as "Seek Shelter Immediately” and “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” reflect his paintings’ wry approach to life's conundrums. His work grows out of looking at other art, from life and from lots of drawing. The sources include African, pre-Columbian, Eskimo art (so-called primitive art); and art by untrained artists, children and people living on sanity’s edge.

Todd McKie received a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and others; and is included in collections at the DeCordova Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Microsoft Corporation in Seattle.

“Life is Funny Art is Serious” will run through Aug. 27. For more information, visit or call 594-7745.

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