The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm St., will open the doors for its 30th spring exhibition Friday, May 27. Work by Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Dan West of Friendship, Liz Awalt of Swans Island, Anne Alexander of Windham and Maggie Foskett of Camden will be on exhibit through June 18. The public is invited to a reception for the artists from 5 to 8 p.m.

Glassman will show a selection of new paintings in oil on canvas and on panel. Color and mood fill her work with the essence of the seasons both inside and outside of her studio, which looks out to Levenseller Mountain. Glassman’s watercolors were presented in the first Caldbeck exhibit 30 years ago, followed by many solo shows since. She also has also shown at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the State House in Augusta, the libraries of Belfast and Portland; and has been in group shows throughout the state. Her paintings are in many public and private collections.

West creates simple pure forms, working with natural or found materials, that suggest animals in nature. Twelve summers spent in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, left him profoundly inspired by the wild coastal habitats, fish and saltwater birds, as well as indigenous arts there. In 2000, he moved to the coast of Maine where he continues to work with materials found in nature. In this exhibit, titled “Groundswell,” West brings together copper, found wood, Nova Scotian fishing buoys and long forgotten wooden trap parts.  West’s work also has been shown in Nova Scotia, on Martha’s Vineyard, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Maine Art Gallery.   He has shown with the Caldbeck since 2004.

Awalt, who did graduate studies under the direction of Neil Welliver, offers paintings focused on mushrooms and bracket fungi. She has been awarded many fellowships and residencies, and her work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and abroad. Public collections include the Decordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass.; the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 2007.

Alexander’s work in this exhibit is in low-fired and high-fired clay, although she also works in stone and in wood. Her work explores the form and function of natural shapes, often using seed and pod forms to explain her interests. Artist residencies in the Dominican Republic introduced her to the ancient work of the Taino Indians, leading her to further explore the symbols of earth and fertility. In this show, creatures of the sea are seen in beautiful glazes and, in many cases, in a heroic scale. Alexander’s grants and awards include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, two Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grants, and a full fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 1995.

Foskett thinks of herself as a rag picker of small cosmologies in nature as she combines her collected fragments, collage style, between glass plates to print directly from her enlarger in the painstaking cliché verre process. Light flows through slices of vegetables moth wings, and other organic treasures to produce an image on the photographic paper. Originally from Brazil, Foskett studied with Ansel Adams and now divides her year between Sanibel Island, Fla., and Camden. She is represented in many permanent public collections, notably The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Most recently, her work was included in the exhibit “Cliché-Verre in the Digital Age” at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco.

Caldbeck Gallery hours through June are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the gallery at 594-5935.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to