Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will introduce “Rose Umerlik: Before, During, and After,” a solo show in the street level gallery, with a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday opening reception Aug. 1. The show will run through Tuesday, Sept. 2, after which the gallery will continue to represent the artist with work in the second-floor gallery. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, Carver Hill will give away 30 admission tickets to the following weekend's Samoset Fine Craft Show.

This body of work is a collection of “emotional snapshots” that speak to Rose Umerlik's negotiation of personal identity as it has challenged her in recent years. In trying to find harmony in her external identity (daughter, sister, wife, friend, professional) and her internal identity (steeped in her artwork), these pieces recount the stages of change as they unfolded.

Umerlik starts her pieces with lines, loosely gesturing with a graphite pencil to capture the emotion she wants to relate. She absorbs the line and then begins to layer the piece as the line dictates the soft forms that will become “the skin.” The lines appear, disappear and reappear, taking artist and viewers on a journey through the work. There are typically focal areas of tangle, tension, compression and even chaos, tempered by expanses of soft color.

Umerlik has a BFA from Syracuse University, the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has been awarded six grants and residencies including a two-month residency from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany. Her work has been exhibited in galleries from coast to coast including New York, Boston and Los Angeles. She has had 11 solo shows to date.

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