CRAFT Gallery displays ‘Table Matters’

Jul 01, 2017
Lissa Hunter’s large-scale charcoal drawing of a spoon is part of CRAFT’s “Table Matters” show.

Rockland — CRAFT Gallery, 12 Elm St., will open “Table Matters” Friday, July 7. A wind ensemble will perform classical music in the adjacent Elm Street courtyard during the First Friday Art Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m.

“Table Matters” is dedicated to work created for utilitarian use, in the presentation of food; and also as non-utilitarian objects of artistic value, beauty and fantasy. The two featured artists share their artistic views on this subject in non-utilitarian ways.

Artist/sculptor Jacques Vesery’s work is nature-based, concerned with harmony, balance and form. His teapots and spoons, handcarved in exotic woods, colored and gilded, become precious objects of art. Smallness in scale and richness in detail and finish express fantasy.

Artist Lissa Hunter’s charcoal drawings of spoons transcend their original purpose, recalling a time of formality when there was spoon for every purpose. In her large-scale drawings, she explores and transforms her subjects from implements to fantasies.

Vesery, from Damariscotta, is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow whose work is in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery and the Carnegie Museum. This is his first exhibit at CRAFT. Portland artist Hunter’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Renwick/Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Other “Table Matters” artists include wood carver Danielle Rose Byrd, potter Autumn Cipala, metalsmith Erica Moody and weaver Amy Smith, showing teapots and teacups, copper and brass spoons and chopsticks, placemats and table runners and handcarved birch bowls.

For more information, call 594-0167 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.

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