“Crafts of the Land and Sea” at Archipelago

“Earth Bones” by  Andrea Schmidt Cough

Archipelago Fine Arts gallery in Rockland will host a public reception to launch the third annual “Crafts of the Land and Sea” show from 5 –  8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Recent work by Janice Armstrong, Jeff Barrett, Andrea Schmidt Cough, Stephanie Crossman, Patricia Flynn, Susan Garry, Angus MacPhail, Jim Miller and Marla Stelk will be on display in the gallery until March 21, 2014. Vinalhaven’s Stephanie Crossman creates intricate sculptures inspired by the natural world around her, using traditional fish-netting techniques.  Hanging in custom-designed shadow boxes, her creations blend art and craft into delicate reflections of the flowers, plants, insects, birds and sea creatures found near her island home.  Andrea Schmidt Cough of Damariscotta also finds inspiration in the textures and forms found in nature. Andrea says, “Concentrating on one basic form has allowed me to focus on exploring technical and conceptual possibilities. There is strength and softness in these sphere-like forms that I find appealing and interesting to explore both visually and symbolically.” The exhibition runs through Nov. 23. For more information, please call 596-0701.