Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will host an opening artists’ reception for Robin Reynolds and Dianne Schelble Wednesday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. The downtown gallery also will open from 5 to 8 p.m. July 4 for the First Friday Art Walk. Reynolds will show her new Gardens and Tidepools body of work, while Schelble will show her new body of work of moody interiors, windows and outdoor spaces.

Reynolds’ Gardens and Tidepools are created with potent palettes that create an energy in the water and the garden not always apparent in realism, thanks to her exaggerated rendition of the color and shape of these subjects.

"My concern has not been about creating a beautiful painting in looking at my garden or the tide pools, but rather reacting to the color, line, texture and space between the flowers and bushes, shells and sand and ground and sky,” she explained.

Schelble's new work interprets her immediate environment: the home and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, sometimes through windows. She works in watercolor and gouache with broad strokes that resemble oil applied with a palette knife. She uses dark and light to express the mood, which can be very challenging to balance correctly. On first glance, many of the works are abstract expressions, and frequently it takes a minute for the painting to appear, creating an entirely new experience with the work.

The show will run through July 28. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 594-7745 or visit

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