Landing Gallery, 409 Main St., will open “Plein Air Pairing,” an exhibition of new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, Sept. 16, to continue through Oct. 29.

Lazard's landscape paintings have sense of movement and are filled with a gestural energy. She is a lifelong artist and has been painting since she was 10 and finds the local landscape to be an inspiring and fascinating subject.

“I always have a sketch book with me to record my observations. During my teens I began taking backpacking trips to the Sierras, which helped foster my love of nature,” she said.

For the past 18 years, Curry has painted the landscape around his home in Maine. As a plein air painter, he said he immerses himself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux.

“What we call a ‘place’ is a paradox — it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go,” he said.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 239-1223 or visit