Bell, Melio at Åarhus Gallery

Aug 24, 2012
Work by Mark Bell and Cathy Melio will be featured during September at Belfast’s downtown Åarhus Gallery. Pictured are Bell’s “Porcelain Bottle,” left, and Melio’s “Reflective," a monotype and watercolor.

Belfast — Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St., will welcome Mark Bell and Cathy Melio as their guest artists for the month of September. The show will run from Tuesday, Aug. 28 through the end of September with an opening reception Friday, Aug. 31 from 5 to p.m.

Bell of Blue Hill decided to move to Maine and open a studio and gallery after an inspirational experience as a scholarship student at Haystack Mountain School of Craft. A full-time potter, he produces delicately thrown porcelain vessels in an intriguing scale range with exceptional attention to detail, finish and glazes. Mark received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin and his MFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University. His work is in the permanent collection of the Currier Museum.

Melio is a painter and printmaker whose monotypes combine one-of-a-kind printmaking with watercolor painting. She is inspired by nature, gardening, music, color and poetry. Melio has worked in a range of other media including fiber, jewelry, pottery and radio, producing the well-respected monthly show, “Fear No Art.” Melio is a program officer for the Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth and lives in Stockton Springs.

Also showing will be the work of Åarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (to 8 p.m. on gallery walk nights), Mondays by chance. For more information, call 338-0001 or visit aarhusgallery.com, where and a slideshow of the current exhibit is available.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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