CRAFT Gallery opens “Nature as Muse"
CRAFT Gallery opens its first show of the season on May 25th with
“Nature as Muse”. Nature is one of the principals of art and
craft. Rocks, trees, lichen and leaves are subjects that inspire this
show’s artists. All mediums are represented: painting, drawing,
calligraphy, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and glass. Sculptor Jacques
Vesery says “It is human nature to be inspired by our surroundings”. He
strives to create an illusion of reality with repetitive patterns found
in nature. Water, sky, rocks and leaf patterns appear in his work,
reinterpreted and fantasized in his meticulous wood and acrylic
sculptures. Each artist has his or her own story to tell: what they
see, experience and are inspired by. The meadows, bogs and trees that
surround her property are the resources for Dudley Zopp’s work in this
show. Alana Vanderwerker is fascinated with the beauty and significance
of lichens as she walks through the Maine woods. She searches for
specific specimens to paint, satisfying her interest in biology and
botany. Nature has always been one of the many themes in Lissa Hunter’s
art, using a variety of materials and processes. Weaving,
basketry, pottery, painting and drawing are all part of her oeuvre. Her
work is in the permanent collections of museums throughout the country.
Glass artist David Jacobson’s glass “rocks", part of his new
Cairn Series, has been influenced by the many rock cairns that people
build to help others find their way along the trails he hikes in the
hills near his Montville studio. Jacobson has just been recognized as
the Microenterprise of the Year by the Small Business Administration of
Maine. He is foremost an artist, mentor and educator, promoting a new
generation of glass blowers.
These and other distinguished artists are included in CRAFT’s opening
show which will continue through June. The gallery represents Maine
artists working in all mediums with a special emphasis in fine
craft. CRAFT will participate in the First Friday Art Walk on
June 1st. Many of the gallery artists will be there to talk about their
The gallery is in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland.
FMI visit www.craftonelm.com or call 207 594 0167.
Glass "Rock" by David Jacobson
Lichen painting by Alana Vanderwerker
"Winter Ash" painting by Dudley Zopp