Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St., will open “Maine Light,” a solo exhibition of new paintings by Björn Runquist; and “By-Gone Boats,” an exhibit of 40 clay boats by David Riley Peterson, with a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk artists reception July 4.

Runquist is a beloved plein air painter who has been painting in the Midcoast area for almost 30 years. He is interested in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere while painting out–of-doors. His local subjects seem familiar but extraordinary, with unusual viewpoints and the artist’s interpretation of Maine’s special light.

“The ‘ordinary’ can range from a sunrise, if I’m up early, to the sun shining off a delivery truck parked at the corner. It doesn’t matter: it is all life and within the commonplace there is often ‘all the wonder one needs,’” he said.

Peterson has been a ceramic artist since he received his BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Florida. A few years ago while vacationing at his family home on Vinalhaven, he was inspired by the beauty of a harbor that was filled with boats. At the time, he was throwing traditional ceramic pots, vases, platters, etc. His new idea was to make boats out of clay. These ceramic boats have been his focus since and their success has kept him very busy.

“No two boats are alike since there is no use of a mold, kit or plan … I have taken some artistic license in my interpretation of how the boat should end up. In many cases I love to interject some playful aspect into its personality,” he said.

The shows will run through Sept. 7, alongside work by gallery artists; also on view is “Sea Level,” paintings by Sarah Faragher (through July 27), and work by gallery artists. Landing Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-4544 or visit

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