BELFAST — The Perimeter Gallery will open “A Matter of Doing,” an exhibition of new work by western Maine artist Margaret Nomentana on Thursday, July 7. An opening reception is set for 6-8 p.m.

Margaret Nomentana makes non-objective paintings and collages which she describes as abstract landscapes of the mind, infused with the light of Maine’s changing seasons and her own emotional weather. Calligraphic markings, architectural references, plant forms, decorative flourishes and anthropomorphic images swirl and float in an unstable universe.

The current work includes five large paintings, human in scale, as well as smaller works, that present terse conversations with color and movement, interactions between shapes and spaces. Nomentana uses an intuitive but purposeful approach in manipulating, acting and reacting to the work in progress. She describes her engagement as visceral, intense and quite physical. Important to her in the outcome is intrigue and beauty, but also a dry humor, irony, and in spite of everything, a powerful sense of hope.

Nomentana first studied painting at the Corcoran School of Art, in Washington, DC, in the early 1970s. She moved to Los Angeles in 1974, to become an early member of the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Women’s Building. In 2012, she received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She also holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from The New School for Social Research in New York, and a Professional Certificate in Interior Design from U.C.L.A.

Nomentana has exhibited her art on both coasts, with one-woman shows in Washington, DC, and Brunswick. Most recently her work appeared in group shows at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland, and at the University of New England in Portland. She will have a show this fall at the Jewish Museum in Portland. In addition to an active studio practice, she teaches Drawing, Design and Painting at the library in Lovell, Maine.

“A Matter of Doing” will be on view through Aug. 28. Perimeter Gallery is located in Chase’s Daily, at 96 Main St. Gallery hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call 338-0555.

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