Local artists Angela Anderson and DiTa Ondek join artistic forces with their show “Various Degrees of Dress and Undress” at the Granite Gallery, 48 Main St./Route 131. The show will run Thursday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or by chance or appointment. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show features Anderson’s large romantic nudes and DiTa’s explorations of encaustic baby dress assemblages with accompanying poems.

Ondek’s encaustic work is an exploration of the history of children in Maine from the 1880s to 1900. It combines ephemera in the form of nursery rhymes and antique recipes, baby dresses and tintypes with some of her ekphrastic poetry. Her poetry book, “A Goldfinch’s Winter Garden,” will be launched during the opening, accompanying a series of encaustic bird paintings of Maine. Ondek has worked with watercolors for 15 years and other media with past gallery shows in Texas, Connecticut, Maine, New York and Florida. She has studied with Philip Frey, Bobbi Heath, Irene Plummer, Debra Arter and Anderson; and has worked with Otty Merrill and Helene Farrar, exploring encaustic art.

Anderson will be displaying large figurative works made with oil paint that appear like watercolor; the images of women and landscapes become indiscernible as stains of color dominate the surface and overlap.  Bordering on abstraction, the canvases exhibited will be up to 83 inches tall. Anderson has exhibited in New York and Europe; was Philip Pearlstein’s model in New York; and collaborated with Martin Kippenberger in Germany and France. She is a native of Port Clyde and Rockland and teaches painting independently in her studio; For more information, visit angelaandersonpaintings.com.

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