ROCKLAND — In conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk Aug. 5, Carver Hill Gallery opens its second summer show, “Sticks and Stones,” in the yellow warehouse pop-up space across from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St. The show  features Maine painter Gemma Astor and Maine fiber artist Emily Freeman. From 5 to 7 p.m., both artists will be present and available to answer questions about the work. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Astor is a career artist, dividing her time between homes in the wooded Rangeley Lakes and suburban Portland. In this exhibition, Astor’s large-scale paintings embody the Maine woods.

“Bara” by Emily Freeman.

“I am inspired by spontaneous moments and experiences in the wilderness. I live in a place that changes so much, and is stunningly beautiful at all times of the year,” Astor said. “I am out at dusk, dawn, and every time in between. I see magical moments of light and shadow that take my breath away. I collect reference, and will sometimes return to gather more. Later, when I’m in my studio, I sort through and choose to paint what feels the most inspiring. I slowly build layers of darkness and light to bring forms to life.”

Astor’s paintings of forest and stream transition seamlessly into the organic forms of Freeman’s wall sculptures in undyed wool. Freeman was studying for a degree in Design Craft in the UK when she had the opportunity to work with a felt maker on a volunteer project in Wales creating a traditional Iranian yurt called an alachig. Learning the process of wet felting on a massive scale gave her an understanding of a media with which she could express her creative ideas. This led to international opportunities, including visiting a folk school in Norway (collecting wool from a remote island via Viking ship to make sails), and a work study scholarship at the acclaimed Penland School of Craft in North Carolina.

“Working primarily in undyed wool sourced from New England farms, I use wet felting techniques to challenge our common beliefs of how textiles should be; replacing lightness and fluidity with stillness and weight,” Freeman said. “The wet felting technique is the process of manipulating wool fibers using hot water, soap and agitation (created by hand rolling then fulling) to stick together and form a fabric. By observing and understanding the characteristics of the fiber you are working with — how the fibers adhere to each other, rate of shrinkage, and the influence of temperature and humidity, you can control the process to create the desired outcome. This results in each piece being completely unique in color, shape and texture. The additional components in the wall sculptures are sourced from construction waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Freeman was raised in the English countryside. When not outside exploring nature, she spent her time drawing, painting and sewing. Her work has been shown at the Farnsworth Museum and currently Carver Hill Gallery in Camden and Rockland, Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor and through the Maine Sculptors Association.

“Sticks and Stones” runs through Sept. 11 and the pop-up space is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (207) 975-6563.

“Iduna” by Emily Freeman.

“February Afternoon” by Gemma Astor.