Stadler Gallery opens new exhibit

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KINGFIELD – The Stadler Gallery will be opening two new exhibitions on Aug. 1: painter Betsy Bell of Mexico, Maine, and the recent work of gallery owner Ulrike Stadler Kozak of Kingfield, Maine. The show runs through Aug. 31.

Bell’s “Moments of Transcendence” is a constantly evolving collection of more than 100 miniature paintings featuring subject matter drawn from simple natural objects, their geometry reflecting the

Artist Betsy Bell’s kiwi on wood.

exquisite design of the physical world. They are executed in combined media on round wood panels, each measuring about 2 to 3“ in diameter. Being entranced by the order and geometry that lies behind the beauty around us, Bell’s goal is to represent it in a form that entices the viewer to stop and look at it in a new way.

After having painting predominantly in oil for the past 25 years, Kozak decided two years ago to start painting encaustic, primarily, “because I never really understood what it was and nobody could properly explain it to me. I bought myself a book and a minimal set of supplies and went ahead. It became a terrific journey into totally new territory of texture and color. I chose manatees for the subject not only because I obviously wanted to paint them, but also because I felt that their mere physical density would be well complemented by the characteristic of hardening beeswax.”

There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2-4 pm. The Stadler Gallery is open daily from noon to 4 pm and by appointment. Please view http://www.stadlergallery.com for more information.

Ulrike Stadler Kozak’s “Manatee VI” (2006), encaustic on yellow birch, 14×16.”

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