Nature looms large at Northern Lights

Jul 21, 2014
“Harbor Seal” is one of the large prints by R. Keith Rendall going on view at Belfast’s Northern Lights Gallery.’

Belfast — “Of Our Bays and Estuaries: Large Scale Woodcut, Intaglio and Relief Prints by R. Keith Rendall” will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. Final Friday Art Walk reception July 25 at Northern Lights Gallery, 33 Main St. The show is the third in a summer series of nature-inspired fine art exhibitions curated by Karen Miles.

Rendall, who lives and works on an old dairy farm in Wiscasset, uses experimental techniques that transcend the print medium and at a scale Miles calls incredible — visually interacting with life-sized and sometimes larger-than-life creatures. The contemporary American artist’s large-scale woodcut prints on paper explore the elements and nature in unusual, but moving form. With birds, especially waterfowl, as a reoccurring motif, Rendall’s semi-narrative works, rendered in stark relief with generous contrasts of light and dark, offer a point of view and a point of departure. His latest series, The Aged and Unknown, offers detailed renderings of birds and other mammals nestled in their natural habitats like majestic totems.

Northern Lights Fine Art Gallery is open Thursdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays until 8 p.m. This exhibition will run through Aug. 27. For more information, call 338-3088 or email Karen@northernlightsgallery.org.

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

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