Gallery Grand Features Unique Pieces

ELLSWORTH — A pot of geraniums on a windowsill.

That splash of red or pink adds a cheerful note against Maine’s monochromatic landscape in late fall and winter.

The fragrant, sun-loving flowers are captured in note cards created by Castine artist Lyn Mayewski. The image is of her gouache and prisma painting of geraniums. The note cards are among the one-of-a-kind creations being displayed through Nov. 30 at Gallery Grand in downtown Ellsworth. Many of the finely crafted pieces also make unique holiday gifts to brighten and take the edge off the long winter ahead.

New Hampshire landscape architect and felt artist Annette Lynn Frye makes soft, felt mantles resembling waterlilies, parrot tulips and other flowers that she either grows or enjoys in spring and summer. The artwork helps carry her through the New England winter.

“It’s a joy to study flowers and interpret them with merino wool and silk fibers,” said Frye of her botanically inspired shawls, jackets and other garments. At present, her focus is on agapanthus.

Glenburn artist Sandy Spiller also works in felt. Her snug, merino wool berets come in fuchsia and other joyous colors. Her ruffle-edged wraps provide warmth and flair.

Then there’s Bradford weaver Janice Jones’ earthen-hued tea towels, runners and cozies.

“Pantry linens have been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember,” says Jones, who has been weaving since 1970. “Even as a child, I would love to fold linens and collected older pieces as I could.”

The Grand’s visual arts venue, Gallery Grand is located at 169 Main St. Shows change on a monthly basis. The featured artists contribute $500 to support the landmark theater and its performing arts program.

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Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]