Monday, December 14, 2009

holiday shop 2009

The Gem Gallery's annual Holiday Shop is chock full of original gifts. Above are unique collages by Diane Wiencke, for cards or framing. There's also a wall hung with paintings and encaustics, some by Diane, some by Norm Proulx. Baskets by Martha Morris Gibson, island style.

These are fuzzy felted Santas by Barbara Carter. Your tree is naked without them, honestly.

What about an original oil painting in an antique frame by Paul Brahms? A divine still life of morning ritual, that keeps one buttered and sweet for the rest of one's days...

Here are handcrafted rings by the notable artisan, David Sheppard. Limited edition, Santa glove optional.

These are fused glass plates by the multi-talented Thea DiMitre. She also has jewelry in the gallery. And an amazing voice. And, coincidentally a cute black-and-white dog.

Speaking of cute, if you know a small someone who loves riding the ferries on Casco Bay,
take note of this handpainted child's chair by Nancy Chalmers.

Hark! A multitude of jewelry, every piece made locally, perfect for that partridge in a pear tree you're partial to.

These are just a few of my favorite things: handprinted bags, cozy felted fingerless gloves, glass vases, pottery, prints, cards, tea bag angels, quirky clocks, handknit hats, and photographs in mats.

There are even songs. Here's a shot from Nate Drinkwater's recent opening of paintings, paired with a CD release party for Eastwave Radio. Rock on, Rudolf.

Gallery hours are:

Friday, December 18 4 - 6:30 PM.
December 19 - 24 Noon to 5 PM.

Stop in and meet the island elves that create magic just for you.