Aug. 17, through Sept. 17, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will show new paintings in oil on canvas and in watercolor on paper by Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington, D.C.; and new work in shaped fresco by Barbara Sullivan of Solon.

In addition to the two solo shows, a group show will feature new work by Anne Alexander of Windham; Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island; Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and Brooklyn N.Y.; Melanie Essex of Cushing; John Goodman of Friendship and Boston; and Kristin Malin of Georgetown. A reception to meet the artists will take place Aug. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

n his exhibit “Painting in Maine”, Kellogg includes his on-location paintings, mostly painted at Great Spruce Head Island, in Thomaston (his studio is there) and at numerous sites in and around the Midcoast. Each larger painting began with a quick drawing in his sketch book or a small, completed painting done on location, many beginning as watercolors in that sketch book, which he carries with him at all times.

Engaged in the search for what can be called a contemporary realism, Kellogg feels that the art of painting still plays an essential role in helping people see the world around them. His work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art and numerous corporate and private collections in Maine, Boston and Washington, D.C. This is his third solo show with the Caldbeck.

Sullivan recently returned from a five-week residency on Monhegan Island where, for more than a century, the fantastic light from all directions has excited artists and all others who go there. In her studio 12 miles off shore, Sullivan had time to absorb the history of the island and let it influence her work: the shaped fresco bas reliefs that she has been making and showing at the Caldbeck for more than 20 years.

With a love for the objects of the everyday, she turned to making shapes about the everyday on Monhegan, from perhaps a century ago, such as the kerosene lamp in her room, the candelabras hanging in the chapel  or a well-sat-in chair that. Sullivan also worked with the imagery of the ever-present seagulls. So also made objects about the different kinds of light. This is her 10th solo exhibit with the gallery.

Caldbeck Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.

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