NORWAY — Artists Peter Herley and Judy Schneider will team up with Gallery 448 for a group show about inhabiting space at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

“Water for Life/Of the Earth” will be displayed from that day until Nov. 18. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Schneider’s paintings investigate place and memory in the landscape. Her work is an exploration of place-making: place plus land plus history plus culture. She is interested in the physical properties of a site and how they interface with the memories and feelings she has when there. By collecting and analyzing nature — dissecting it by color, form and line and then reassembling it — she finds meaning.

Scale, value, texture and how feelings about a particular location affect the use of these visual components are significant. She is in pursuit of what is physically present, woven with memory, dreams and how the energy of “place” is conveyed.

Herley’s shapes, along with the bright and dark colors, represent the people, places and things he encounters from day to day. His work conveys tidbits of conversations he has and the energy he observes when people interact with one another. His goal through his paintings is to capture the emotions and thoughts of viewers as they contemplate life.

Schneider’s paintings have been exhibited in many venues in Portland and western Maine. Herley has had work displayed in Astoria, Lebanon and Eugene, Oregon. He has shown all over the world through mail art and regular exhibitions.

Both artists live in Norway.


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