KINGFIELD — The Stadler Gallery will conclude its summer series with works by Joel LeVasseur of Damariscotta and George Paton of Bowdoinham.

“Earth: the Ruined Garden” is the title LeVasseur gave his show. As an environmentalist, he explores the landscapes as he walks through Maine’s state parks and along its beaches, collecting consumer waste and discarded industrial debris. He uses these found objects as templates for gelatin printmaking.

Through subtle symbolism of the scars across a landscape, he focuses primarily on primordial origins, void, and chaos, all of which he interprets as fragments of a “vanishing” earth. Besides gelatin monoprints, his exhibit includes book arts, paintings and installations.

Throughout his photographic pursuits Paton has been attracted to and has focused on images that display a strong compositional drive, rather than those where the subject matter is the driving force. Thus, at the core of each piece of work one finds strong visual dynamics. Many of his images are found in nature, hence the title of his show, “Nature’s Designs.”

There will be an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. The exhibits will be on view daily from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment through Sept. 17.

Stadler Gallery is at 225 Main St.


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