Tuesday, September 29, 2009

one of a kind

The Gem Gallery awaits the next solo show, "Inside and Out" with works by Suzanne Parrott, opening on Friday, October 9 at 5 PM.

Meanwhile, there are many unique items on display. These assemblages by Carol Cartier capture a certain bemused facade, resourceful and full of character, like islanders.

Martha Morris Gibson crafts these woven baskets with hand dyed reeds.

Diane Wiencke makes use of many materials, such as coins, wax, and pigment, which can be seen is this detail.

Here Tim Nihoff recycles playful plastic toys for this inspired twist on time. Money, too, gets a new context, with his painted additions.

A happy reminder that anytime is a good time to buy island art!

Visit on Saturdays and Sundays from (mostly) 12 - 5 PM. Call 766-5600 for more info.

Monday, September 14, 2009

fall finale

This pastel, "Delta Grass" by Jamie Hogan will be among works on display in an autumn group show featuring over 20 island artists.

The Gem Gallery will resume fall hours, opening on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 5 PM.
The weather is still fine for browsing, biking, and buying local art.

Friday, September 4, 2009

island treasure

The latest show opened at the Gem Gallery last night to a delighted crowd. Lavendier Myers is showing large and small oils and prints of favorite subjects such as colorful crows and dancing trees. This artist is a veteran of the Maine art scene, with collectors such as Deborah, an island resident who bought this painting by Lavendier years ago and redid her colors to match.

The Gem exhibit features scenes that evoke the Tuscan landscape, or perhaps a dreamscape with dancing trees. Lavendier grew up along the New England coast, but has lived all over the world. The work gyrates with color, energy, and inspired observations.

Jewelry artist Betsy Stout has shown her signature colorful beadwork in the front gallery all summer.

In the back gallery, alongside the paintings, she is showing these elegant pendants.

A newcomer, Christine Cassidy, joins the show with ethereal photographs that capture serene island moments. Her photographs are featured in the current Peaks Island Calendar, which can be found at the Peaks Cafe.

The show is up for only a week! Stop in and meet the artists, learn their methods and stories. Gallery hours: 11 AM - 5 PM daily. Call 766-2371 for more information.