CRAFT Gallery will open its September “Harvest and Houses” show First Friday, Sept. 2, with a new body of work by Jesse Gillespie, and artist who lives and works close by the city’s arts district.

Gillespie has again chosen to take an insignificant subject and transform it into a work of art; this time, he has taken newspaper real estate ads for houses, separating them from their first function as common newsprint photographs; added watercolor, design and collage; and bestowed on them new meaning and life. Transformed, they become miniature paintings, revealing a little house as a more important actor in its new role as a work of art.

In keeping with the harvest time of year, CRAFT also will feature a collection of ceramic vegetables by Sharon Townshend; rugs by Sara Hotchkiss; velvet scarves by Fiona Washburn in autumn colors; and new work by potter Hanako Nakazato, along with many of the gallery’s other fine craft artists.

The show will run through Oct. 4. CRAFT is in the courtyard at 12 Elm St. 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