The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will exhibit paintings in oil on panel and in oil on aluminum by Lois Dodd of Cushing and New York City; paintings in casein on panel by Alan Bray of Sangerville; photographs by Todd Watts of Blanchard; and paintings in oil and in acrylic on canvas and panel by Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston. The shows will open with a reception for the artists Wednesday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through Aug. 13.

Dodd’s show, “Selected Works,” includes oil on aluminum painted as recently as last fall; to oil on panel painted as long ago as 1978. Dodd’s most recent museum exhibit was the major retrospective was curated by Barbara O’Brien for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo., in 2012. This exhibit traveled to the Portland Museum of Art for the winter of 2013. Dodd’s work has received innumerable awards including an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize. Her work has been shown widely for more than 60 years; her first exhibit with the Caldbeck was in 1985, and this is her 10th solo show since then.

Bray works in the tradition of casein on panel, an ancient milk-based tempera paint medium, which he discovered in 1973 while studying in Florance, Italy, at the Villa Schifanola Graduate School of Fine Arts.  In his paintings he uses the every day landscape places in his life; his favorite hikes into the wilderness of the North Woods of Maine, as well as the cultivated tree farms and fields near his home take on a mystical presence. This 10-painting exhibit, “Terraine Vague,” is the artist’s seventh solo show with the Caldbeck, where he has been represented since 2003.

In his first exhibit with the Caldbeck, Watts has selected 13 photographs from his The Blanchard Weather Report series. This body of work, which consists now of 40 images, began as a visual report sent to friends from away, who would ask him that timeless question, “what’s the weather doing up there in Blanchard?” Soon, a visual conversation and wordless documentary discourse was carried on online. A master darkroom printer, Watts works in the digital realm, too. His work is in public collections across the globe including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In her third solo Caldbeck show, “Kayla Mohammadi: Recent Work,” the artist includes both large canvases and smaller works on panel. Her Finnish/Persian heritage is an important influence on her work, where fresh juxtapositions of form and color bring together unexpected places. In this new work, she pushes her imagery to become even more abstract. The award-winning artist lectures in the fine arts throughout the Northeast and her work is in many collections including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

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

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