This week

Contemporary Maine painter Brita Holmquist shows recent work in a new solo exhibition, “The Lonely Sea and the Sky,” on view at Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth beginning Thursday. The exhibition will remain on view through July 5.

In her work, Holmquist uses bold colors and sweeping gestures to create dramatic images of the sea and sky.

She lives in Cumberland and on the Maine island of Islesboro. Her familiarity with the ocean directly influences her painting.

Holmquist will attend a reception at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The gallery is in the Falmouth Shopping Center at 251 U.S. Route 1.

 

On stage

Mad Horse Theatre Company wraps up its 24th season with a production of “The Normal Heart” by American playwright, author and activist Larry Kramer. The play previews Thursday and Friday, with an opening Saturday. Performances will be Thursdays through Sundays through June 20 at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland. Admission is $18 in advance, and $20 at the door, students and seniors $16. Previews and all Thursday performances are by pay-what-you-can admission.

“The Normal Heart” is Kramer’s semi-autobiographical story of his journey to awaken the world to the reality of the AIDS epidemic. It is set in New York City in the early 1980s.

“The Normal Heart” features Mad Horse company members Peter Brown, Burke Brimmer and James Herrera, joined by guest artists Janice Gardner, James Hoban, Jordan William Handren-Seavey, David Jacobs, Nicholas Schroeder and David Timm. Christine Louise Marshall directs.

For information, call 730-2389 or visit www.madhorse.com.