Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle is currently showing their fourth show of the season through August 20, featuring paintings by Jaap Eduard Helder, metal sculpture by Bill Fretz and glass vessels by Kait Rhoads, Kenny Pieper, Anthony Schafermeyer, Michael Schunke and Robert Dane.
Kait Rhoads received her BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993, and her MFA in Glass from Alfred University, NY in 2001. She has been an Artist in Residence and the recipient of numerous awards. Her work is shown in collections worldwide. She will be an instructor at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in August 2011. Also showing with Kait Rhoads are vessel makersPieper, Schafermeyer, Schunke and Dane.
Jaap Eduard Helder spent his childhood in Velsen, the Netherlands, an industrial town whose shapes and colors became an integral part of the imagery for his abstract paintings. Helder’s father was a painter. Helder was widely traveled before settling in the United States and moved to Maine in 1998. The unspoiled, raw beauty of the Down East landscape, where the blueberry barrens meet the rugged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, is a strong influence for his most recent work.
Bill Fretz began teaching himself jewelry his junior year in high school, followed by four years of jewelry and silversmithing training with Hans Christiansen at the School For American Craftsmen at R.I.T in Rochester New York. Fretz was an instructor at The Cleveland Institute of Art under Fred Miller and John Paul Miller. The Turtle Gallery installation features plumb bobs as metaphor for common cliches and explores the boundaries between shapes and ideas. FMI, call 348-9977, or visit Turtle Gallery online.