Monday, June 22, 2009

affordable art

Thanks to the talents of Gem member, Paul Brahms, the gallery now features a lovely display cabinet. We moved up from a lucky pile of vintage crates to this white birch arrangement. Carol Cartier directed the new display, which shows off the affordable art from the last group show before the new Summer Season begins. Bravo, Paul!

Plenty of Peaksfesters stopped in to the gallery this past weekend, in search of bargains on locally crafted work and maps for the inaugural Art Walk and Wander for 2009.

Diane Wiencke sold some of her miniature delights, fluid abstractions.

Norm Proulx sold this energetic and powerful portrait of birches.

Fran Houston exhibited stunning photographs, such as this intimate view of a bemused turtle.

There was much more, but now the gallery gears up for a summer rotation of weekly shows.

Our artist/craftsperson cooperative includes over 25 year-round and seasonal individuals in the varied media of painting, drawing, glass, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, printmaking, assemblage, fiber arts and writing. The gallery mission is to “share and sell fine art and contemporary crafts and to reach out and create an inviting, professional, friendly space that shares, educates, and celebrates art.”


6/25-7/1 Victor Romanyshyn, photography
7/2-7/8 Dustine Price and Chris Harper-Fahey, mother and daughter multi-media
7/16-7/22 Paul Brahms, painting
7/23-7/29 Diane Wiencke, painting
7/30-8/5 Carol Cartier, multi media
8/6-8/19 Norm Proulx and Claudia Whitman, multi media
8/20-9/2 Pam Williamson, Rick Boyd, Jane Banquer, pottery, prints, painting
9/3-9/9 Lavendier-Myers, painting
10/9-10/15 Suzanne Parrott, fiber arts


Mon. – Wed. 10 AM – 3 PM
Thur./Fr.i 10 AM – 8 PM
Sat./Sun. 10 AM – 5 PM

*Some artists may extend these core hours. Reception nights are Thursdays, but may vary.

Keep checking back for the latest in island art!

Monday, June 8, 2009

welcome Michelle!

Our newest member, Michelle Estell, debuted her very fresh jewelry and beadwork at the Gem Gallery this past weekend. Michelle is also known as Beadalicious, which aptly describes the luscious nature of her designs. She used this curvy octopus as a signature tile for the show.

This was a fun still life of adornments.

Jocelyn and Dani happily modeled her necklaces, earrings, and hairclips. Gorgeous!

Michelle creates original looks from vintage fabric scraps, handmade beads, silver, leather, and unexpected combinations.

Next up for the Gem: the Affordable Art show. Everything $125. and under. For all those first-time buyers of art or those in need of a bargain, this show is for you.

Members of this Maine island collective will be on hand in the gallery, so do drop in.

Check for ferry times!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

new shows new look

Things are moving full speed ahead. The gallery has been thawed, refreshed, and rehung. The working clock/assemblage below is by Tim Nihoff, master of playful works in rusted objects and plastic repurposing. We have a saying around here, what goes around, comes around.

Our youngest Gem collective member, high schooler Connor Flynn, has recently moved from bowls to vases. Bravo!

We specialize in variety: glass, felted wool, ceramics, pastel, oils, photography, watercolor, printmaking, jewelry, encaustic. Spare parts, flotsam, jetsam... we make art from what the tides wash up, or the latest yard sale yields, or whatever the moon pulls from our dreams.

Small painting on the left by Norm Proulx, larger painting on the right by Lavendier Myers.

This is Kristen, our intrepid gallery host, who gave up two rooms of her house to create a venue for island artists. As a veteran preschool teacher, she is equipped to deal with our crazy collective.

We are still in pre-season mode: upcoming show this weeknd with new member,
Michelle Estell. Her opening reception is this Friday night, June 5 from 6 - 8 PM.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday Noon - 5 PM. The Gem Gallery is at 62 Island Avenue, a left up the hill from the boat landing, past the ice cream store, but before the post office.

Come look!