Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will hold an opening reception for two solo shows featuring the work of Barbara Sullivan of Solon; and Dennis Pinette of Belfast Wednesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists and see their work; the shows will run through Aug. 16.

In “Furniture Showroom: Associations of Design, Taste, and Memory,” Sullivan uses the ancient medium of fresco — painting into wet plaster — in a contemporary style. Shaped fresco objects hang on the wall as a painting would, but the three-dimensional illusion is like that of bas-relief sculpture.  Sullivan’s work has for many years portrayed the human condition through her exploration of everyday domestic surroundings, which are dictated by personal styles often inherited from family, either as the objects themselves or as the “taste” we learn.  In this exhibit, the artist asks what is it that dictates style and taste and design.

A component of art and design that inspires Sullivan is regionalism — how an abundance of a material winds up in artistic hands and ends up as furniture made from cattle horns, for example. This exhibit also draws from Bauhaus ideals and ideas.

Sullivan received a BA in Visual Art and Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington and an MFA at Vermont College.  She teaches drawing and painting at UMaine, Farmington. She has received a Pollock/Krasner Grant and 2 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grants, as well as a Percent For Art Commission at the State House in Augusta. Exhibitions in Maine include the Caldbeck, the Portland Museum of Art Biennial and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States.

Pinette’s “Industrial Dreams” brings together a dozen small paintings in oil, both on panel and on rag paper mounted on canvas, as well as seven graphite wash drawings on paper.  These works were painted in 2013 and 2014.  The artist has said that the direct observation of plein air painting is intrinsic to his work, informing his imagination where, back in the studio, images come as dreams and memories, floating in on “some genetic brainwave.” This “genetic memory” connects him to other places and times.

“I like to push realism to the edge of disintegration,” he said.

Pinette’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art and, outside of Maine, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass. His work also is in numerous corporate and private collections.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-5935 or email

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