Landing Gallery, 409 Main St., will open “Land, Sea & Air,” a solo exhibition of 65 new paintings by Irma Cerese, with an artist’s reception Friday, Aug. 5, during the 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk.

Cerese has always been fascinated with color, and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships. Her landscape paintings border on the abstract and are seen simultaneously as both landscape and abstract.

“I don’t wish to tell a story, or accurately describe the observed world. Instead, I convert the primary elements of that world — trees, sky, ground, water, the occasional building — into an underlying geometric structure,” she said.

Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, Ill. She maintained a studio in New York City until 1985, and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. This exhibit celebrates her 10th anniversary with Landing Gallery, where she has an annual solo exhibit of her new paintings.

The show will continue through Sept. 1. Summer hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 239-1223 or visit

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