Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer, 96 Main St., will open its kickoff exhibit of the 2012 season with a 5:30 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, June 1. “Still Life” is an exhibit by four artists — Stephanie Bartron-Miscione, Kerstin Engman, Kathleen Mack and Dina Petrillo. Their interpretation of the words “still life” ranges from Images of beautiful eggs to a water faucet and much more.

Petrillo creates new pedagogies, new processes and forms that suit and accommodate her impulses and predilections as an artist-thinker, said poet Rick Benjamin. Bartron-Miscione said she wants her subjects to come alive with rich detail, layers of color that glow against contrasting values and textures and more information than a single light source can provide. Engman has been painting for the past decade, although her artistic focus for 25 years was as a sculptor. She has painted the Maine landscape and worked from what she defines as “the simplest of still lifes.” Mack, a self-taught artist, works in oil and water media. Her primary interest is in the human form, alone and in relationship to other figures and surroundings.

“Still Life” will run through June 30. Gallery hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 338-6465 or visit

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