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Stadler Gallery welcomes 2015 summer season with two exhibitions

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Joel LeVasseur's work will be on display at the Stadler Gallery.

KINGFIELD - The Stadler Gallery is pleased to welcome the 2015 summer season with two exhibitions of work by Sofija Sutton of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K., and Joel LeVasseur of Damariscotta.

Sutton’s show - rightfully on view in Maine - is about trees. Under the title “Treescapes Paintings” she investigates the push and pull intimacy of the woods. Using a variety of media from oil, acrylic and watercolor to mixed media she explores how the forest can be a place separate from many comforts of settled culture, but also a place for for individuals to find mental release, emotional breath, an revitalization.

Originally from rural New Hampshire, Sutton has been studying and producing art since childhood. Throughout her many travels the memory of trees provides a constant comfort and inspiration for her artwork.

The theme LeVasseur gave his show is “TIME: Wounded Trees,” and it is about loss and decay of nature. Stimulated by Maine poet e.w. oestreich and his poem “Wounded Trees”, written especially for this show, he was able to reflect not only on the loss of trees, but on the loss caused by humans, and of some parts of the environment that can never be reclaimed. Merging photography, monoprints and words make up the visual imagery of this exhibition.

LeVasseur received his MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and later continued his studies at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO.

The exhibition will be on view from June 28 through July 16, 2015, daily from 12 noon to 4 pm or by appointment. Please view www.stadlergallery.com for more information.

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