Golden ‘Touch’ at CRAFT Gallery

Aug 26, 2017
Lynn Duryea, who was included in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2016 Biennial and has taught and lectured widely, is showing new sculptures at CRAFT Gallery.

Rockland — CRAFT Gallery, 12 Elm St. in the courtyard, will open “Touch of Gold” Friday, Sept. 1, presenting new work by gallery artists through Oct. 5. There will be live music by Good Vibrations in the courtyard during the 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk.

Four featured artists use gold as a common element in their work: potter Paul Heroux; calligrapher Jan Owen; quilter Daphne Taylor; and sculptor Jacques Vesery.

Taylor’s powerful design sense and minimalist aesthetic are expressed in her “drawings” with thread, and her use of gold and silk recall Middle Ages and Renaissance art. Heroux treats the ceramic vessel as a three-dimensional canvas, combining colors, patterns, angles and metallic lusters to his abstract and architectural approach. Owen’s hand-lettered “Benediction” features a poem by Wesley McNair from his new ninth collection, “The Unfastening.” McNair was Maine Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2016.

CRAFT is presenting the newest clay sculptures by Lynn Duryea, co-founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Her geometric and architectural clay sculptures combine angles, colors and textures she has observed in smokestacks, dock pilings and worn building facades.

Many of the artists will be present during the art walk, and books pertaining to their work will be available for purchase and signing including the new “Handcrafted Maine,” featuring weaver Sara Hotchkiss.

For more information, call 594-0167 and 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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