Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St., invites the public to an opening reception Friday evening, July 4. Four of the 19 member artists will exhibit new works in the gallery’s front room. The First Friday artists’ reception will run form 5 to 8 p.m.

One of Art Space Gallery’s new members is Wendy Wight, who will be exhibiting her brightly colored coastal landscapes and seascapes. Wight abstracts the scenery using multiple horizon lines, and places “postcards” within these bold paintings, worked on location.

Laurie Bellmore offers a colorful array of framed acrylic paintings on canvas that depict Maine’s coast, islands, lobster boats and buoys. The Rockland native loves to paint the nautical surroundings that have been a prominent part of her life since childhood. The Maine coast is the subject matter in all of her artwork, which also includes jewelry and photography.

Barbara Fischer Eldred’s artwork has a strong connection to the American Southwest, particularly Native Americans and other native clans. Her current monoprints concentrate on portraying faces. Eldred often uses the Native American coiling method to hand-build elaborate clay works, as well, including glazed sculpture and useable art such as platters.

Charles Laurier Dufour’s award-winning fine art nude photography will focus on inner space. In this series, contrast is emphasized as soft human figures are juxtaposed with harsh interiors of abandoned spaces, sometimes separating imagination from reality. Dufour also will exhibit coastal nudes in the rear gallery area.

Art Space Gallery features works of various media and genres distributed across three rooms and hallway, and most of the artists will be on hand to share refreshments and conversation. For more information and examples of members’ artwork, visit

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