“Inspired by the Sea” at CRAFT Gallery

Dudley Zopp, Oysers Clustered
CRAFT  Gallery opens “Inspired by the Sea”, featuring artists who have been profoundly inspired by the sea and its environs. The show opens on Friday, August 7 and continues until mid September.

Intrigued by their color, surface texture ad growth patterns, Dudley Zopp developed the “Oyster Series”, painting in watercolor, gesso and charcoal, the dissolving effects of the sea on these underwater organisms. Long interested in the environment, she is a painter of geology-based abstractions—the natura materia of geology and botany. Zopp has taught and exhibited widely at museums, universities and galleries. She lives in Lincolnville and will be artist in residence for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Art on the Hill during August.

Jeweler Christine Peters. who consistantly shows at CRAFT, has prepared a new collection of work especially for this show. Inspired by natural forms found in the sea, she has created unique pieces of jewelry out of treasures grown underwater. Pearls and natural coral branches in pinks and reds are combined with her signature oxidized and reticulated silver recalling the movement and rippling effect of the ocean’s surface. Peters has a strong background in sculpture and continues her exploration of new forms and techniques at her studio in Damariscotta.
In her first show at CRAFT, photographer Kathie Florsheim presents two of her images from her Seascape Series. The photographs are haunting and provocative, showing the ocean at nightfall and the almost indistinguishable separation of sky and ocean. Florsheim has lectured and been granted fellowships and awards in the U.S. and Europe. A dedicated photographer from Providence, she has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied with Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan.

To complete the theme of the sea, Craft includes hand-painted silk scarves and shawls in patterns of stones and shells found along the seashore by Fiona Washburn; Joe Hemes’ hanging light sculpture “River Zeppelin” using fragments from nautical charts of the Kennebec River; Jan Owen’s calligraphy on a pale blue hanging scroll “Oceans” with texts by poets, philosophers and writers paying homage to the ocean: and potter Tim Christensen, who carves octopus, fish and squid on porcelain in the graffito technique he has mastered.
During August, September and October,  CRAFT  will have a new collection of of pottery by Hanako Nakazato. She is a 14th generation potter from Japan  whose work is avidly sought after by admirers and collectors while she is in residence in Maine. Her forms, surfaces and glazes are beautifully simple, functional and a pleasure to hold, use and admire. CRAFT Gallery continues to show exceptional contemporary fine art and craft by artists working in Maine. It is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Open 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com