ESSEX — Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its 2020 Holiday Show, Home Sweet Home, Nov. 20-Jan. 10, 2021. The seven-week exhibit brings together some of the region’s most original new artwork and fine crafts that explore and honor one of the most basic and important parts of our lives: Home.
Fundamental on many levels, “home” offers shelter, refuge, fun, peace, connection, and now for many, work and schooling. Presented through a variety of mediums, the gallery exhibit, located at 61 Main St., Centerbrook, offers visitors the opportunity to take in the art and fine crafts of the holiday show, while enjoying a glass of wine and snacks during the opening weekend, Nov. 21-22.
“Our shows have for the past seven years opened with receptions attracting groups of enthusiastic people, but in these challenging times for the safety of all in lieu of these larger gatherings, we will be hosting those who want to see the show early for the entire opening weekend with wine and snacks,” said Barbara Nair, director of Spectrum Art Gallery and Store.
“Do join us and continue to visit throughout the duration of the show as new inventory from the many creative artists we are involved with will continue to come in,” Nair added.
Home Sweet Home is the perfect place and time for visitors to discover a new artist to add to their collections, and a place to find a fine craft for oneself or as a thoughtful and unique present, Nair said. Also in the exhibit are dozens of one-of-a-kind stocking gifts, as well as handmade ornaments crafted by local fine artisans available for purchase from the Gallery’s 6-foot annual holiday tree.
Artists presenting in Home Sweet Home include Melinda Shea who creates elaborate collage works with handmade papers, gold leaf and other materials affixed to glass. Returning favorite Regina Thomas, known for her adventurous use of mixed media, has several collage works as well as birdhouses; artist Deborah Simmons also presents a handmade birdhouse for purchase; and Claudia Van Nes returns to Spectrum with several watercolor paintings. Other returning artists include woodblock printer Diane Rubacha; watercolorists Lisa Arnold and Steven Cryan; oil painter Dan Nichols; painter and calligrapher Ned Farrell; painter and pastelist Gigi Liverant; and painters Pam Carlson, Patti Maher, Catherine Satsuk, Gloria Nilsson and Edwin Lopez. New to Spectrum is artist Darlene James who exhibits a watercolor capturing the grandeur of a shoreline home; and Maria Miro Johnson who explores everyday life using emotionally expressive brushwork in her paintings.
A variety of original photography and limited-edition prints are presented including those by returning favorites Robert Thomas, Paul Ramsey, Maryann Flick, Dianne Roberts, Elin Dolle, Paul Essenfeld, and new to Spectrum, photographer Ginger Muscarella.
Home Sweet Home includes many fine artisans such as botanical artist Anna Sidorow and new to Spectrum beader Bonnie Han; potters Rachel Brown, Caroline Yankura, Sandra Nyren and Sharon Hosley. Returning favorites are potters Rosemary McClain and Claudine Burns Smith known for her intricate hand building; glass artisans Carole Young, Jeni-Gray Roberts and Lynn Webber; fiber artisans include Holly Bollier, Dale Gardner-Fox, and Jillian Nielsen; as well as the versatile and creative knitter Elaine Sych and candlemaker Janice Wood who presents her newest holiday soy candle scents.
Many exciting jewelry designers are refreshing their pieces for the holiday show offering plenty of adornments. And, there are a wide variety of original ornaments to choose from for your home or given as a thoughtful gift. Additionally, the store will offer a selection of handmade holiday greeting cards created by Joan Mueller and card designer Patti Maher as well as calendars with original paintings by artist Beth Pite.
Spectrum Gallery and Store adheres to all safety measures and asks that visitors wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering. Spectrum Anytime at spectrumartgallery.org/shop is the place to browse and shop online with shipping available throughout the U.S.; gift cards are also available in the Store and online. Spectrum Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday (12-6 p.m.) and Sunday (12-5 p.m.). From Dec. 12-24, the Gallery is open daily. For more information call 860-767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org. To follow on social media visit facebook.com/spectrumartgallery, instagram.com/spectrum_art_gallery, and twitter.com/spectrum_ct