After two months of spackling nail holes, repainting gallery walls and holding planning sessions, Art Space Gallery, 342 Main St., will open its sixth season Friday, April 30, showing the work the work of 20 regional fine artists and artisans. A public reception for the “New Member’s Exhibit” will be held Friday, May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

New to Rockland’s premier artist-run cooperative gallery are nine members whose work will be featured in the front room gallery during May. New member Audrey Bechler’s watercolors and oils reflect her deep love of place and the artist’s materials. She finds much of her inspiration within walking distance of her Waldoboro residence. Color has always been the driving force for Emilia Carbone.  Originally from Portland, the oil painter has spent her artistic career revealing colors where they are often overlooked. Painter Lauren Gill enjoys the challenge of capturing the many moods of the sea and coastal features of the Midcoast. For two years, her work has been exhibited at the Albright Knox Museum of Art in Buffalo, N.Y.

Judith Herman paints primarily florals, landscapes and seascapes. Currently, the Gardiner artist is exploring the intricacies of nature at an intimate level. Owls Head watercolorist Lydia Kaeyer loves pushing strong color and preserving brilliant whites as she focuses on the working waterfront and all manner of boats. Annie Ladley works in mixed media, using her creativity for both healing and proclamation. Recently, two of her pieces were exhibited at St. Peter’s Church, Rockland.

William Landmesser comes to Art Space with both oils and watercolors infused with light.  Recently, his painting “The Terminator” (no relationship to Arnold Schwarzenegger) was awarded first prize in oils at the Maine Open Juried Show in Waterville. City artist Jerry Maxwell utilizes two decades of commercial lobstering and sailing the local waters to produce solid, serene watercolors and oils. To further express his creativity, Maxwell also builds fine rowing skiffs. Rounding out the new members of Art Space Gallery is digital photographer Michael Vittorioso from North Waterboro. His subject matter is nature and wildlife, landscape, still life and portraiture.

Work by all 20 of Art Space Gallery’s members will be simultaneously exhibited in the gallery’s freshly painted back rooms. Members returning as veterans of the gallery are Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Dan Bennett, Jill Caldwell, Sandra Dunn, Barbara Fischer Eldred, Randy Fein, Penny Markley, Anne Wooster Metcalfe, Hannah Nelsbach, Marjorie Walsh and Joan Wright. As these artists take turns being featured in the front room throughout the season, receptions will be held the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m.

Spring gallery hours through May 30 will be Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery also will remain open until 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in conjunction with the Taste of Rockland celebration.

For more information, call the gallery at 594-8784, visit artspacemaine.com or join the gallery on Facebook.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.