CRAFT Gallery will open its July exhibition Friday, July 4, with drawings and pottery by Lissa Hunter and letter arts by Jan Owen. They share a depth of thought, quality and skill of craftsmanship to create objects of beauty and sensitivity.

Both are established artists, teachers and writers whose work is sought after by serious collectors. They each have taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and are from Maine, Hunter from Portland and Owen from Belfast.

Owen is inspired by Medieval and Asian arts and calligraphy, music and literature. She creates books, hanging panels and scrolls made of handmade and pastepaper or Hollytex. Her art is applied with metal pens and fine brushes dipped in sumi ink and acrylics. She has played string bass with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and her love and knowledge of music spills over into her art. Owen’s work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and University Special Collections.

Hunter has gained recognition as a contemporary basketmaker with an educational background in painting and textiles. Working in two and three dimensions has allowed her to explore many materials and techniques and enabled her to make the transition from basketry to pottery; and her experience in printing has led to drawing and engraving on the porcelain pieces shown at CRAFT. Some are utilitarian and stand on their own, while others are incorporated into a collection of pieces with visual context that recall Hunter's basketry. Her work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as other museums and private collections.

The Hunter/Owen show will continue through July. CRAFT Gallery is dedicated to showing the handcrafted object as a work of art and making contemporary craft accessible and relevant to everyday life. The gallery is located in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm St. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 594-0167 and visit

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