CRAFT Gallery will open its fifth year Friday, May 23, with "A Deep Blue Amen," featuring a handmade book of poems by Stuart Kestenbaum, original calligraphy by Jan Owen and handmade paper and letterpress printing by Amande Degener.

Kestenbaum is Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ director and an author. Owen, from Belfast, has taught at Haystack and has work in the collections of the Library of Congress, museums and universities; her work is shown consistently at CRAFT, as well as internationally. The letterpress book is printed on indigo dyed Belgian flax and packaged in a clamshell box. Three out of 50 limited editions will be offered for sale at the gallery.

This first of five planned 2014 exhibitions also will includes ceramics, mixed media craft and fine art supportive and complementary to each other: a series of tea bowl paintings by Dudley Zopp; pottery by Lissa Hunter, Hanako Nakazato, George Pearlman, Diana Thomas and Simon van der Ven; weavings of colorful, durable rugs by Sara Hotchkiss and silk scarves by Beryl Schmid; jewelry by Christine Peters Hamilton; boiled wool scarves and pillows by Jody Meredith; lighting sculpture by Joe Hemes; and bird sculpture by J R Pyne.

The show will continue until July 4, when CRAFT will open its next exhibition of porcelain pottery by Hunter and letter arts by Owen.  Both artists share an intelligent depth of thought, care of craftsmanship and design  to create objects of beauty with stories to tell.

CRAFT is located in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm St. Hours through June will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.; and by appointment. For more information, call 594-0167 and visit

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