'ZEN' opens at CRAFT Gallery

Aug 15, 2019
A clay vessel by Al Scovern.

ROCKLAND — The power of "ZEN" opens at CRAFT Gallery in mid-August. The gallery has selected four artists to represent the philosophy of zen and their use of the three symbols of the circle, the triangle and the square in fine art and craft. Al Scovern, Daphne Taylor, Tim Van Campen and Dudley Zopp each employ the zen symbols in pottery, quilting, printmaking and computer-generated art.

Their tools and methods date from ancient times to Tim Van Campen’s computer-generated art of the 21st century. Potter Al Scovern uses organic materials and forces: clay, chemistry, flame and smoke in the tradition of African and native American pottery, often combining it with his own process of gold glass overlay, which cracks upon firing into intricate lacy patterns. Quilter Daphne Taylor’s "quilt drawings" are meditative and reflective of the profound silence found in her Quaker background and in the traditions of Japanese Sashiko and Shishu embroidery dating back a thousand years. Artist Dudley Zopp uses the circle in “Sun Flower," one of five of her framed monotypes in the "ZEN" show that she created for “A Butterfly Careless," a collaborative limited edition letterpress book of Haiku poems available at CRAFT.

The gallery also presents new work by master clay artist George Pearlman, as well as other accomplished and nationally recognized fine art and craft artists working in Maine today. The gallery will participate in Rockland's First Friday Art Walks on Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 and is proud to be part of the Art Capital of Maine. "ZEN" runs through Nov. 1.

CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and Sunday by chance. For more information, call 594-0167 and visit craftonelm.com.

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