A curated selection of new work and new ideas by CRAFT Gallery artists will open it for the season Friday, May 24. CRAFT is located in the downtown courtyard at 12 Elm St.

CRAFT features thoughtful new work by calligraphy artist Jan Owen, whose panels of texts address science and humanities; freedom and equality; the Declaration of Independence; and the role of social media in the Arab Spring. The panels are executed in Owen's signature calligraphy and graphic design in brilliant colors and gold leaf, in English, Spanish, Arabic and binary code.

Another featured artist, weaver Morris David Dorenfeld, has broken away from last season's horizontal patterns and literally gone in a new direction with vertical stripes in eye-dazzling colors. The technique is extremely difficult to weave on his Swedish tapestry loom, but Dorenfeld's impeccable craftsmanship maintains the perfectly even motif.

Joining them are two more Midcoast artists, Dudley Zopp and potter George Pearlman. Zopp shows five more pieces from her "Warp Weights" series that CRAFT presented in 2012. Pearlman, just back from a very successful showing at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., shows his latest pottery collection.

Others from Maine include Portland artist Lissa Hunter, who continues her investigation of materials and techniques with "Autumn Fern," an idea that explores extending from basketmaking to drawing on panel. She continues to explore her new ideas in clay and will have a show at CRAFT in September.

The season-opening show will run to July 5. For more information, call 594-0167; email info@craftonelm.com; or visit craftonelm.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.