Kahrl, Leppanen start Åarhus summer

Jun 25, 2014
A detail of Eric Leppanen’s “Seismic” reveals both the precision and the serendipity of his process.

Belfast — The public is invited to a 5 to 8 p.m. Friday Art Walk opening reception July 4 to kick off the summer season at Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. A show featuring guest artists Islesboro potter Hilary Kahrl and Belfast painter Eric Leppanen runs July 1 through the 27th.

Kahrl has covered a lot of territory in her study of ceramics including Seattle, Hawaii, Portland (Maine) and Bangalar, India, and her approach to the surface of her ceramics follows suit. Her clay work, executed in her own Dark Harbor Pottery, reveals the delicate quality and confident contours that only talent, hard work and the ability to relinquish control and let fire meet clay can bring to light.

Leppanen is an artist who grew up on the beach in Owls Head; and lives and works in Belfast. He attended Suffolk University. where he studied business and marketing while studying and experimenting with art on his own. Upon graduation, he put his artwork aside and immersed himself in the corporate banking world, which “released” him after 16 years in various business and finance roles. Since leaving that world, he has found his passion again. He considers himself an action painter who recycles old paint, giving it a new life and purpose.

“I work to create visually stimulating texture and depth by directing the paint’s interaction with the forces of nature, yet I find that it is a process that requires both precision and serendipity,” he said.

Åarhus is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (later for art walks); and Mondays by chance. For more information, visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

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

“Bicycles” is a vessel by Islesboro potter Hilary Kahrl.
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