Annual craft exhibition expands to nine artisans
Rockland — Archipelago Fine Arts, 386 Main St., will host a public reception to launch the third annual “CRAFTS of the Land and Sea” show Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Recent work by Janice Armstrong, Jeff Barrett, Andrea Schmidt Cough, Stephanie Crossman, Patricia Flynn, Susan Garry, Angus MacPhail, Jim Miller and Marla Stelk will remain on display until March 21.
Vinalhaven’s Crossman creates intricate sculptures inspired by the natural world around her using traditional fish-netting techniques. Hanging in custom-designed shadow boxes, her creations blend art and craft into delicate reflections of the flowers, plants, insects, birds and sea creatures found near her island home. Crossman displayed her work in April at the Smithsonian’s Institute’s annual Crafts Show, perhaps the most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft in the country; and she was featured in a March 28 article in The Working Waterfront newspaper.
Cough of Damariscotta also finds inspiration in the textures and forms found in nature. Some of the pieces in her Earth Bones series of glazed-clay spherical shapes resemble stones, while others convey movement or natural design elements through relief carving, clay additions or underglazes. About her focus on spheres, Andrea said that concentrating on one basic form has allowed her to focus on exploring technical and conceptual possibilities.
“There is strength and softness in these sphere-like forms that I find appealing and interesting to explore both visually and symbolically,” she said.
Current gallery hours for Archipelago Fine Arts are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze, manager of Archipelago, at 596-0701 or email@example.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.