“Embracing Change: The Pre-Columbian Quartet,” a solo exhibit of Samuel Gelber’s new paintings, will be on view during the month of July at Yvette Torres Fine Art, 464 Main St. on the second floor. There will be a First Friday Art Walk opening reception July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and a conversation with the artist Sunday, July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Gelber said of this series of imagined Pre-Columbian Maine landscapes that these paintings “may be a dream about what never existed — I hope poetry — that can be visualized because it never was.”

Gelber was born and educated in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated from Brooklyn College with honors in art in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Germany from 1951 to 1953. Returning to New York City, he enrolled in New York University and graduated with a master’s degree in art education in 1955. He spent the majority of his career as a full professor of art at Brooklyn College, rising to chairman of the art department before his retirement in 1991.

Gelber spends a significant part of each year painting at his studio in Waldo County. Since 1950, his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York City and Maine including a one-man show in the Great Hall of the Portland Museum of Art in 2001.

Yvette Torres Fine Art gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by chance or appointment; call 332-4014 or email ytfa@midcoast.com.

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