On First Friday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will open a street-level solo exhibition featuring longtime gallery artist Dianne Schelble. The exhibit is titled “Market Day at Chase’s Daily” and will show the paintings Schelble has been working on for two years.

This work was inspired by the bounty of local farmers Penny and Addison Chase and their daughters Phoebe and Meg, as well as Meg’s partner, Freddy Lafage, from their family farm in Freedom. Chase’s Daily in downtown Belfast, which opened exactly 16 years before this opening date, is now a thriving bakery, produce market and restaurant. The light that filters through Chase’s large Main Street windows illuminates the space with a golden glow, making the colors of the flowers and crispy harvest go “pop.” After many years of looking forward to this parade of color, and marveling at its beauty, Schelble decided to paint a series of works based on it. She said she loves light, color and people, not to mention gardens, food,sharing meals and art.

Arriving in the state long before Maine’s population grew to where it is today, Schelble and her husband built a light-filled home in rural Liberty, where she raised four children. Her early career included a successful run in illustration and architectural renderings, but her true love remains painting. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University Of Michigan School Of Art and has been painting for more than 40 years. Much of her career was spent painting in watercolor but for this series, she switched gears and started painting on panels after inheriting a hoard of high-quality acrylics. The appearance of the paintings are consistent with her works on paper — energetic and bold with intriguing light.

“Market Day at Chase’s Daily” will run through Aug. 1. Summer hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and by appointment. For more information, call 594-7745 or visit carverhillgallery.com.

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