CRAFT Gallery, 12 Elm St., dedicates its new show, opening Friday, July 1, to two women masters of fine art and craft — Jan Owen and Lissa Hunter — and to their achievements and contributions to fine art and craft. “Two Women Masters” will open during the 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk, and there will be live music and refreshments in the courtyard during the evening.

Both Maine artists pay special attention to detail, depth of thought, storytelling and metaphor; and each uses composition, design and craftsmanship to create works that honor their craft methods. Their work is recognized and collected by major art institutions, among them the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Renwick/Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.

Calligraphic artist Owen draws upon the art and methods of early medieval scribes and her love of color, music and poetry. Her panels, scrolls and books use the power and beauty of words to take on a contemporary form. Artist Hunter uses basketry, porcelain and drawing to tell stories and express emotions and ideas, often in metaphor and often incorporating all three disciplines in a single work. This show includes her charcoal drawings, porcelain vessels and wall mounted assemblages with niches holding coiled basketry.

With no gender bias intended, there are many other female Maine craft artists who deserve recognition and show their work at CRAFT including Autumn Cipala, Sara Hotchkiss, Hanako Nakazato, Christine Peters, Nisa Smiley, Amy Smith and Fiona Washburn.

The show will continue until Aug. 3. Gsllery hours are Tuesdays 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