KINGFIELD – The Stadler Gallery will close the summer season with an exhibition of two Maine painters, Michael Branca of Bath and Forrest Meader of Skowhegan, from Sept. 1 through Oct. 13.

Branca will show selections from three bodies of recent work. The Bouquet Series presents unusual variations on traditional genres of painting, such as bouquet still lifes and reclining figures. One may find a paper bag full of newspapers, an arrangement of clip lights in a vase or van Gogh’s sunflowers transplanted in a blender. His plen-air oil paintings done on-site in locations throughout Maine include works from a two-week painting expedition in the mountains. And finally, in Narrative Paintings, Branca addresses the relationship between humans and nature in fantastical and conceptual pieces of work.

In his exhibition “Homage and Exploration,” Meader explores his educational background in anthropology at the University of Maine and in Arizona. He identifies with the South Pacific woodcarver whose mindset is to work in partnership with his materials.

There will be a reception for the artists from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Stadler Gallery is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, log on to www.stadlergallery.com.


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