CRAFT Gallery opens “The Beauty of Simplicity” on Friday, October 2nd, with a new collection of one-off pottery by Hanako Nakazato. Her work is synonymous with the simplicity of living and functional purpose so often found in non-western cultures where there is no separation from art and everyday life. Nakazato’s simple, functional forms and technique reflect the blending of her heritage in Karatsu, Japan and her home in Union, Maine.
Photographs of vintage Japanese Temari balls by Prairie Stuart-Wolff illustrate the concept of a simple subject becoming an object of great beauty. Historically, Temari were made as handball playthings for children. The photographer became enamored of them and photographed them as works of art.
CRAFT celebrates American Craft Week, showing a new three-panel triptych and scrolls on translucent Hollytex polyester by Jan Owen. Skilled in calligraphy, music, poetry, pen and brushwork, color and design, she creates pieces that are inspired by traditional Asian arts. Textile artist Susan Atwater prints vintage Japanese textile patterns on silk infinity scarves in a unique process she has developed. All of the above artists share the same value for the aesthetic of the beauty of studied simplicity and harmony. The show will continue until November 1rst.
CRAFT Gallery is listed on Trip Advisor as an A +++ “must see” destination in Rockland. The gallery is located in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm Street, across from the side entrance to the Farnsworth Art Museum and next door to the Caldbeck Gallery. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com