New Era Gallery hosts Early Summer Show

Approaching State Beach2Joan Freiman’s “Approaching State Beach,” acrylic

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open our Early Summer show on Saturday, June 27, featuring work by Alison Angel, Joan Freiman, Eric Hopkins, Sylvia Lacey, and Michael Seif. A panel discussion with the artists will be held in the Windy Way Barn at 4:30 p.m., with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Alison Angel’s life-long passion for the history of design across cultures is evident in her felted wearable pieces and wall works. She first studied felting in Ireland, and continues to find inspiration in her annual trips to other countries. Joan Freiman’s abstracted landscapes in acrylic capture the natural world in its essence. Freiman first painted on the island as part of “Exchanging Views” show last year, and we are happy to report that she continues to find inspiration here. Eric Hopkins joins New Era Gallery for the first time, with new mixed media work on paper. His iconic island imagery is known to many, and his work is held in public and private collections here and abroad. Sylvia Lacey’s functional porcelain and stoneware pottery has an elegant simplicity. She is recently returned from a two month residency at the Penland School of Crafts. Michael Seif’s new photo/encaustic work focuses on change in the natural world. Seif is known primarily for his figurative work, so we are eager to share this new direction.

The exhibition will run through July 15. Summer gallery hours, beginning June 27, are Monday through Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 11:00-2:00. For more information call 863-9351 or visit