Rockland’s Carver Hill to close

Halwick, Tobias set to join forces

Sep 15, 2017
Jana Halwick

Carver Hill Gallery and Jessie Tobias Design will combine their respective talents and collaborating on future projects starting Nov. 1. Jana Halwick, who has owned Carver Hill Gallery since 2006, will be leaving the 338 Main St. Rockland location and hosting pop-up shows with interior designer Jessie Tobias at 64 Bay View St. in Camden — and possibly other locations, as well.

Halwick will continue to carry inventory and represent many of the artists currently on the roster at Carver Hill Gallery and will be available to show work to new and current clients by appointment. She also will be offering art consulting, sourcing, space revamping (using what you already have) and installation services.

Carver Hill Gallery opened as a show-house gallery in 2005 in an 11-room renovated cape on Meadow Street in Rockport, meticulously restored by Dyke Messler. Halwick, and then business partner Kathryn Matlack, sourced fine craft and furnishings to stage the house as though it were occupied. Visual artists were selected to hang work on the walls, and each room was designed and appointed with everything one might see in a fine home; all of it was for sale.

The art was changed out for monthly openings, and new artists would be featured. A 1,200 square foot attached barn was winterized and, with the help of local friend Sarah Baldwin, used as an event space for concerts and parties, hosting many well-known folk musicians such as Arlo Guthrie and his daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie; Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar; and Grammy nominee Rushad Eggleston.

The space became known as The Cider Barn because of the three apple trees standing prominently in front of the building. Over the years, Cider Barn events included indie films, artist receptions and “hootenanny” style dance parties. In 2010, the gallery added a second location in Rockland and continued to operate both locations until its consolidation to Rockland in 2012.

Jessie Tobias Design opened in Maine in 2015, and has been growing rapidly since. Tobias attended the New York School of Interior Design; and lived in New York from 2000 to 2005, where she worked as a furniture buyer, set designer and freelance interior designer. Later in 2005, Tobias moved back to Maine, where she grew up, to start a family. After focusing most of her time on her young family, she and her brother ran the Bamboo Bike Studio in Camden.

When time permitted, Tobias made the decision to return to her original love of design and creating spaces and homes that her clients have always dreamed of. In a few short years, Jessie Tobias Design has grown to the point where it needs more hands. The company looks forward to having Halwick, who will enthusiastically segue in right away with a commitment to be in Camden by Nov. 1. Halwick said she will continue to bring great art to Midcoast Maine moving forward.

Future plans for the waterfront location (right next to the Camden Yacht Club) in Camden include retail home furnishings. For updates on the new partnership, visit jessetobiasdesign.com and carverhillgallery.com. Jessie Tobias Design can be reached at info@jessietobiasdesign.com or 319-2788; and Halwick can be reached at carverhillgallerymaine@gmail.com or 594-7745.

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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