Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main St., will host two shows in the month of June, showcasing work by Sarah McRae Morton and Alexandra Tyng. The opening reception for both shows takes place Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Morton grew up in rural Lancaster County, Pa., where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. Morton’s paintings are focused around histories — the written, the drawn, the told-around-campfires. They blur together in compositions that draw on family lore, the canon of art history, the natural world and mythology to create dreamscape pictures

Tyng’s paintings combine traditional methods with a contemporary viewpoint. Her work focuses on people in the process of living and interacting in their own environments. In other paintings, the figures become distant focal points while the setting predominates. Her landscapes range from intimate views of particular places to mountaintop panoramas to large-scale aerial views of the glacially carved land formations of coastal Maine.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located downtown, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and by appointment Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call 596-0084 or visit

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