Solo shows open July 11 at Caldbeck

Jul 04, 2018
“Evening Sun” is a 2018 acrylic and oil on dyed canvas by Kayla Mohammadi.

Rockland — The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St. will open three new solo shows featuring the work of Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston; Barbara Sullivan of Solon; and Jill Madden of Weybridge, Vt. With a 6 to 8 p.m. reception for the artists Wednesday, July 11.

In her fourth solo Caldbeck show, “Kayla Mohammadi: New Paintings,” the artist will include both large canvases and smaller works on panel and on canvas. Her Finnish/Persian heritage is an important influence on her work, where fresh juxtapositions of form and color bring together unexpected places to encounter competing energies of memory and observation. Mohammadi is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston.

In her 11th solo exhibit with the Caldbeck, Sullivan installs “Seasonal Suite” to cover all four walls of the upstairs gallery with large-scale landscape drawings in paint on Mylar, with shaped fresco animals, as homage to nature, mounted on those drawings. The artist said that since childhood, she has pictured the different seasons being represented by very specific locations around the house she grew up — a big rectangle “just like the gallery space I’m showing in.” These childhood memories of Maine’s four seasons are the model for this installation.

In June 2017, the Baer Art Center invited Madden to paint on their horse farm on the northwest coast of Iceland, where she worked out in the landscape daily. In the several canvases depicting deer herds in Wyoming, where Madden spent the month of this April at the Jentel Arts Foundation Residency, she did the same thing. While a resident artist at the Vermont Studio School, she studied under Lois Dodd, who remains a good friend and influence. This is her first solo show with the Caldbeck.

The exhibits will run through Aug. 11. Caldbeck Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-5935 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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