BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Street gallery where Russell D’Alessio has been showing his work for almost 30 years is getting bigger.
D’Alessio Gallery is taking over the former Eclipse Gallery next door. The gallery’s address remains the same, but Russell and Linda D’Alessio have removed a section of the dividing wall, more than doubling the interior space.
A public celebration of the new, expanded space is planned for Friday, June 29, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Willy Kelly will provide music. Beverages and snacks will be available.
The additional space, Russell D’Alessio said, will make it possible to show more three-dimensional works and give more “leg room” for visiting musicians and others at special events.
“Hosting Art Walk and art openings is important,” he said. “Bringing the gallery alive full of people, art and music has always been our vision. Now with this new space, we can expand on what we have done over the years.” He calls the gallery a place “where fine art goes to party.”
Along with D’Alessio’s whimsical, colorful paintings, smaller, delicate works of framed India ink and crayon on paper also adorn the walls of the new space.
Several TV screens show images and video documenting D’Alessio’s creative life in Bar Harbor. Various animated videos he has created, featuring the characters in his artwork, also are shown.