Sunday, April 11, 2010

gem back in bloom

The Gem Gallery is open again, with fresh works and some new members. A reception was held in the gallery on March 26 to welcome Kathy Newell, Paula Coward, Adam Wilson, Laura Glendening, and Jackman Wood.

Below is a display of ceramic cups by Peg Astarita and jewelry by Betsy Stout.

We're such a diverse group: from paint to pastel, prints to photographs, fiber arts and glass, jewelry and assemblage. The common denominator is a connection to Peaks Island. Many members are long-time year-round residents and some have just left their hearts here on the rock.

This is a Diane Wiencke painting paired with a fish vase by Peg Astarita.

Kathy Newell works in many materials but with a signature folk art aesthetic, such as this hooked rug.

Painter Paul Brahms is showing a series of work featuring vehicles, each one a character in a road trip of the mind.

The Gem is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon - 5 PM. Call 766-5600 for more information. We're located up the hill from the Casco Bay Lines ferry. Take a left at the ice cream store and we're right before the Post Office. Come on in and meet your artist!