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‘East Meɘts West’ at Granite Gallery

Aug 15, 2018
DiTa Ondek’s new acrylic series of abstracted kimonos and hitatare (samurai garb, pictured); and Alicia Hammatt’s oil “Western Women in Hats” will fill the Granite Gallery Aug. 24 through 28.

Tenants Harbor — Alicia Hammatt and DiTa Ondek, two St. George peninsula painters, join artistic forces with their show “East Meɘts West: Poetry Marries Painting” at The Granite Gallery, 68 Main St./Route 1.

The show will run Friday through Tuesday, Aug. 24 through 28; hours are noon to 4 p.m. or by chance or appointment. The public also is invited to the opening reception Friday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m.

“East Meɘts West” features Hammatt’s romantic figured ladies with hats, heralding a new vision for this impressionistic artist with bold stroke and storytelling. Ondek’s exhibits acrylic abstract explorations of Japanese kimonos and hitatare, in addition to her encaustic assemblages of Orientalia and samurai helmets with accompanying poems including haiku, tanka, haibun and jisei.

Hammatt takes art seriously, yet simultaneously enjoys the journey with humor. Her work reveals a love of color and shape, as well as a journey through her imagination. Hammatt has exhibited at the Port Clyde Art Gallery, as well as the Granite Gallery.

Ondek has worked with watercolors for 15 years and other media (Polaroid transfers and digital photography) with past gallery shows in Texas, Connecticut, Maine, New York and Florida. Currently, she is painting with acrylics exhibiting at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast and the Kefauver Gallery in Damariscotta, in addition to encaustic art at the Granite Gallery. She is a former member of the Port Clyde Art Gallery.

Ondek also is a poet & has been published 6 chapbooks. Her poetry chapbook “East Meɘts West” makes its debut at the opening, marrying the series of abstract Japanese/Americanized ekphrastic work, where the title of each painting is the first line of a poem.

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