ELLSWORTH — SevenArts Gallery’s members have been busy creating a new experience for their customers. Since Jan. 15, the gallery, housed in the Maine Grind Building (192 Main St.), has been closed and the space emptied and renovated. The gallery is now ready to reopen on Monday, Feb. 5.
In addition to its newly designed space, SevenArts plans to host a new show each month featuring work not usually displayed by gallery members.
Also this month, SevenArts welcomes a new member, Gerard “Gerry” Monteux of Hancock. Monteux, an accomplished nature photographer, creates large and small format pieces, both canvas and matted prints, which capture the beauty of Maine’s rugged landscape and diverse wildlife.
SevenArts Gallery operates as a co-op, with each of the seven members and one junior member presenting and selling work in the small space. Two of them, Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass and Kim Walker of Tiles by Kim Walker, have been with SevenArts since it was founded. SevenArts’ other member artists include Bar Harbor artist Dory Smith Graham of worthygoods, who brings a Maine vibe to her exquisitely created hats, scarves, linen aprons, and colorful bowties. Wendilee Heath O’Brien, of Winter Harbor’s whopaints, works in gold leaf and specialty Asian inks, pastels and watercolors. Bangor artist Rebecca Krupke works in paints, oils and also is a photographer. Lucerne artist Suzanne Anderson creates casual, contemporary enamel jewelry. Anna Pazerakas, a junior member being mentored by Linda Perrin, makes adorable children’s clothing.
Carving out an area to accommodate each artist and their medium is a challenge in the small space.
“We are all prolific producers of work,” says Anderson. “We have a lot of display considerations at play and each member is challenged to find what will work in a small footprint.”
Lots of time and planning went into the new look and the member artists look forward to reopening to the public.
This March marks the gallery’s 10th anniversary.
For more info, visit www.sevenartsmaine.com.