‘Land and Sea’ crafts show returns
Rockland — With a 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday reception Sept. 7, Archipelago Fine Arts gallery, 386 Main St., will open its “CRAFTS of the Land and Sea 2” fine craft exhibition. This year’s show features recent work by seven exceptional Maine artisans: Laura Glendening, Peaks Island; Robert Lingley, Isle au Haut; Nancy Coleman, Nobleboro; Liam Cohen, Falmouth; Hilary Kahrl, Islesboro; Jonathan White, South Portland; and Valerie McQuillan, Vinalhaven.
Working with plant dyes for almost 20 years now, Glendening draws and sculpts with wool and silk, laying materials into an airy relief sculpture embedded with patterns and images. She is currently working on a series of plant-dyed felted blankets.
Lingley has been carving with traditional tools for approximately eight years and studied with master carvers Nora Hall and Chris Pye. His works in cherry or bass wood aim to capture the essence of the subject and the pulse of the making.
Coleman’s limited-edition books combine printmaking and watercolors. Connected by a continuous horizon, panels are printed using photopolymer etching plates and accompanied by her text and hand-applied watercolors.
Cohen builds cajon drums, which often accompany the classical guitar in flamenco music. Using salvaged wood from beaches, sidewalks and recycling centers, he creates drums that produce a rich variety of tones. The featured drums are made from Vinalhaven.
Kahrl’s contemporary ceramics hold a Shaker-esque ability to function quietly, simply and perfectly. She creates cake stands, “wandering path” tea-cup sets, mugs and all sorts of drinking vessels that feel like warm stones in the hand.
McQuillan's goal is to depict subjects in an interesting, well-designed format with a beautiful and accurate depiction of the subject. Working primarily in enamels for this exhibit, her subjects are landscapes and wildlife of coastal Maine.
White creates art pottery and tiles, as well as ceramic sculpture, tableware and mixed media sculpture. All of his tiles are finished in a wide palate of earthenware and stoneware glazes, and are available set in quarter-sawn oak frames. For this exhibit, he will be showing “Fortification,” an illuminated earthenware clay sculpture.
To view an online gallery of images from the show, visit islandinstitute.org. 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 11 a.m. to 4 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.