Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will open its September show, “Consonant Compositions,” on First Friday, Sept. 2. There will be a reception with the artists from 5 to 8 p.m.

Artists in the show include Jill Caldwell, David Estey, Jeff Macdonald, Ron Rovner and Suzanne Siegel. “Consonant Compositions” illustrates how they use color, contrast, relationship and arrangement to create successful compositions in five completely different styles.

Siegel’s visual interest in rugged working harbors, post-industrial New England and ever-changing tidal environments roots her work in the sea. She works in mixed media painting and watercolor and mixed media collages in her Guilford, Conn., studio, searching inventively with line, shape, color, texture and value as she suggests the spirit of her beloved locations.

Estey of Belfast’s work has evolved from realistic landscapes and portraits to abstract expressionism and, now, total improvisation. A skilled draftsman and painter, he also has been known to incorporate collage in his work, sometimes creating an obvious narrative of social or political subject matter. Estey’s work has been in numerous gallery and museum shows; and has been exhibited at Carver Hill for 10 years.

Macdonald, who spent most of his years in the music business, has been an art appreciator and supporter for years. He has studied and experimented with painting and collage for some time, using interesting combinations of paint and collected textural material. Most recently, he has exhibited his work near his local town of Brownville.

Rovner’s work is meticulous, precise and intentional, and he calls its creation his meditation. The NachtMusik series is inspired by the music of the early 20th century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg. The various elements represent one of the twelve notes of the musical scale; counter themes comprised of squares of different colors also are present, while other symbols provide harmonic structure and dynamic gradations.

Caldwell shares her time between Rockland and Key West, Fla. Her palette and typically soft compositions reflect her muse — the Atlantic — and portray the change in the mood and color of the water from the North Atlantic in Maine to where the Gulf of Mexico meets the South Atlantic. Her blurred lines successfully connect radical changes in palette; and judicious details, frequently in the foreground, suggest rocks, fish and other natural elements.

“Consonant Compositions” will run through Oct. 3. For more information, visit

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