Two exhibitions will open Friday, May 2, with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception at Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main St. Both will continue through May 28.

“Home” features new work by Great Van Campen, a painter from Thomaston known for her contemporary, hard-edged style. She comes from a family of artists and grew up painting beside her mother. She continued her studies in visual art at Bowdoin College and now lives in Woolwich.

After several years of painting sights across the nation, Van Campen’s show offers intimate and familiar scenes of Maine — the rhythm of Maine’s coast, the reflections, the islands, the clouds.

Amy Lowry’s work in “Snaps” began when a discarded palette caught her eye, its stains, smears and colorful swirls on wax paper evoking a topography that was abstracted yet familiar. She cropped the dried palettes, modified them; soon, images emerged that suggested roads, fields, mountains and streams.

“I named them after familiar places: Rockport Harbor, Ragged Mountain, Biddeford Pool, Maids Beach. The residue of one painting became the core of another,” she said.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays and Mondays by appointment. For more information, visit or call 596-0084.

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