First Friday at Stonington Galleries


Avery Falkner painting in his outdoor studio off Main Street.

Follow the trail of orange banners and join Stonington Galleries and Studios for their First Friday open gallery night from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, August 1st. Nine member galleries promise a festive evening of art, crafts, food and music with a commanding view of Stonington harbor as a backdrop. Self-guiding maps and brochures are available at area businesses and online at

Driving south on Rt. 15, stop and explore multimedia handmade books and soft-focus pinhole photographs at Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio. Next door, Geoffrey Warner Studio invites you to try his new meditation and lumbar support stools while enjoying a concert by Archipelago from 6-7 p.m. The music will continue then with an open mic.

Down Indian Point Road, Shari Ciomei will exhibit oil paintings of Stonington’s coast and a brand new display of clocks and pillows decorated with her images. Then turn back into town and halfway up Upper Sea Breeze Avenue to see Lorraine Lans’s recent paintings of local scenes.

At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery showcases her plein air landscapes in oils, watercolor, gouache and prints. And behind the ice cream shop on Main Street, take the stairs up to Avery Falkner’s third floor studio and enjoy his light-filled “investigations” in small abstract works.

Also facing the harbor is Isalos Fine Art which will hold a reception for Deer Isle metalsmith Sarah Doremus and her three-dimensional work interpreting “abstract philosophical concepts”.

Then follow Main Street past the post office and toward Sand Beach to Laura Dahlen’s Carriage House Arts featuring her intricately decorated gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.

Decorated gourd by Laura Dahlen

For more information about these galleries and events, visit or call 367-2700 or 367-6555.