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This week's featured artist: Sandy Crowell

Harvest Gold Gallery is pleased to welcome Maine-based artist Sandy Crowell for another day painting out in the garden on Saturday, August 7th. Plein Airs at Harvest Gold encompass wonderful views of Lake Kezar and the White Mountains from the backyard of the gallery, which encourages a featured artist to create beautiful art. All are welcome, whether a seasoned painter or an art enthusiast.


Sandy Crowell specializes in oil painting, and grew up in Massachusetts while summering in Naples, Maine. Sandy began her painting journey at Sierra Nevada University, graduating with a bachelor degree of art in visual arts. Sandy enjoys representing what she observes in the world through art, or “brushes and paint.”


A quote from Sandy Crowell encaptures her feelings about the art she creates, “Changing light and seasons, an expression of joy or sadness, the beauty of form and color all fill me with an urgency to capture that fleeting moment.” To Crowell, painting serves as an opportunity to keep on learning about life. Her favorite part about plein air painting, or painting outside, is feeling at one with nature, influencing the art she creates. Outside of practicing painting, Sandy’s favorite activities to do are hiking, running, and skiing in the cold Maine winters.


 It is a pleasure for Harvest Gold Gallery to be able to highlight Maine artist Sandy Crowell this weekend. If you are an art lover or an artist yourself and are interested in seeing Sandy paint, stop by the gallery on August 7th beginning at 10 am. Harvest Gold Gallery is located in Center Lovell, Maine at 1082 Main Street.

New Inventory - Bruce May

We are so excited to have gotten some new inventory from the One-Legged-Woodworker, Bruce May. He gets his nickname from a motorcycle accident that caused him to lose his leg.

Lynda and Bill met Bruce at an art show before his accident and offered him a place to show his work in the gallery. After a long two years of waiting, he showed up minus one leg and with a stack of bowls.

Bruce is the first woodcarver that we ever showed in the gallery. We haven't had his work in a while, so we were so excited when he showed up today with some new pieces.

He works with many types of wood to create bowls that are absolutely stunning. Bruce is also known for keeping the bark on some of his bowls which adds to their uniqueness. It also lets you see the layers in the wood.

Bruce's work is only available in the gallery, so we hope to see you soon!

Clinton Jones: Nature Inspired Sculptures

Harvest Gold is delighted to announce that Clint Jones’ sculptures are now showing at the gallery. Anyone familiar with Maine will recognize the inspiration taken for Clint Jones’ sculptures, using nature scenes and Maine waterfront to design beautiful sculptures. Clint Jones intertwines work & hobby with his intricate metal sculptures that we are excited to showcase on the walls of Harvest Gold Gallery.

A Maine native, Clint Jones grew up on the water in Cumberland. After school, Clint trained as a marine mechanic and also gained skills as a welder which he puts to use while creating his sculptures. He currently commutes from Casco to Chebeague Island and works as an island car mechanic, diagnosing problems in cars and fixing them with delicate skill. 

While Clint Jones is a skilled boat and car mechanic by trade, fisherman, and boating enthusiast on the side, his real talent comes from his artistic side. Clint Jones creates metal sculptures through a process of creating paper patterns, tracing it onto a single sheet of metal, cutting and welding the metal, and making sure the sculpture can structurally support itself. His paper patterns keep his sculptures alive for as long as he wants, as he can reuse the design again and again.

Unlike “island cars'', which have a short lifetime span, Jones sees his metal art as time capsules that will last hundreds of years, each piece telling a story. Jones likes the strength of metal and enjoys working with a medium with such longevity. He feels people have taken notice of the durability of his pieces.

We invite you to come admire the nature and animal-inspired sculptures by the talented Clint Jones that now grace the walls of the gallery. Visit Harvest Gold Gallery today! For more information about Clint’s work, check out his artist page on our website: https://harvestgoldgallery.com/collections/clint-jones/sculpture

 

Rosa's First Blog Post

Hi! My name is Rosa and today is not my first day working at Harvest Gold, but this is my first blog post. When I'm not working I like spending time on the lake, playing tennis, and hiking with my dog.

Since I've been working at Harvest Gold for a few weeks now, I have some favorite pieces that I wanted to share with you!

Right now one of my favorite landscape paintings in the gallery is "Unless You See It You Won't Believe It: Sunset Timber Island" by Jeanne Ouellette. This 12" x 28" oil painting is actually a diptych meaning that it is comprised of two panels. The horizontal lines going through the water are what draw me to this painting. They allow Ouellette to depict how waves change what the water reflects and they also add the stunning pinks and oranges of the sky into the lake portion of the painting.

Another current favorite of mine is "Falling Water" by Sandra Josephine Bell. While I like her more realistic works as well, there is just something about this piece that beckons me each time I walk past it. Every time I see it, I see something different in the swirls of the water. Today, I could see the head of a horse which reminded me of the hippocampi of Greek mythology. 

Finally, a non-painting favorite of mine is "Questioning Mind Grande" by Michael Alfano. This bronze resin sculpture is not only interesting to look at, but also makes you think about how our minds work and why we are always questioning things.

These are only a few of the many wonderful pieces of art here at the gallery.  I look forward to greeting you when you stop by this summer!

Anna's First Day!

Hi! I'm Anna Gerner, and I just started working at Harvest Gold Gallery! I love biking, hiking, and skiing, as well as painting and art in general. Before working here, I loved coming in to admire all the art, and here are a few pieces that really stand out to me. 

The first of my favorites is this oil painting titled "Echo Lake Serenity" by Varvara Harmon. There's something about this painting, which is quite large at 24" x 48", that draws my eye to it every time. 

Another of my favorite pieces of art is this pulp painting titled "Independence Day" by Roland Simard. Roland casts individual sheets of paper and puts pieces of pulp in bit by bit to form these amazing pieces. Unlike traditional painting, he can't blend colors after he places on the pieces of pulp, so he mixes all the colors beforehand. I'd never seen anything like this pulp painting before, and I'm so impressed by the process of making it. 

 

The final of my favorite pieces is this sterling silver hummingbird cutout pendant. I actually have this, and wear it often. It is the perfect size and great for necklace layering. There are many cutout pendants available here, so it was very easy to find one perfect for me!

First Plein Air of the Season!

With the wonderful beginning of summer and the flowers in full bloom, Harvest Gold Gallery had our first plein air paint-out of the season. On June 26th, Rebecca Klementovich showed off her skills by creating a beautiful painting looking out at the views from the gallery. She brought along a great turn out of painters and customers alike!

Plein airs are a fan favorite event held here in Center Lovell, where each weekend this summer we feature a local artist to get inspired by the gorgeous views and paint a one-of-a kind piece of art. All of the paintings/art created during a plein air will be available for sale in the gallery as well! Plein airs are very special to us at HGG, as viewers and participants get a unique experience with the artist, all while enjoying a nice summer day.

Rebecca grew up in New Hampshire, but as a young adult she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, New York. She worked for 20+ years as a fashion art director and textile designer.  During this time she began to love color and what it can convey to the viewer.  This becomes apparent when viewing her art, she strategically places colors in a way that accentuates the view she’s conveying. Eventually she moved back to New Hampshire and is now a resident of Dover. She is the co-founder of Femme Fatales of the North- the goal of which is to show women making art and to share the art they make.

We are so grateful to have been able to host Rebecca at the gallery last weekend. Harvest Gold is excited to get to celebrate a new artist every weekend this summer and have beautiful new work to display in the gallery! If you are interested in attending a plein air session, or perhaps you are an artist wanting to have your own plein air day, message us at harvestgoldjewelry@gmail.com or at (207)-925-6502.

Lacey Pots

New Lacey Pots have arrived just in time for summer! These beautiful ceramic vases have the obvious purpose of holding flowers or twigs, but alone they also make a statement. The new style we received comes in three different sizes- "itty bitty," "mini" and a larger make. Not only do they come in many different colors, but there are several different patterns: poka-dots, floral, swirly and striped. 

Itty bitty size in blue with poka-dots

Due to the small size of the mini pots, they're the perfect decor for a small work space or coffee table. You could even keep it on a bed stand with some flowers to make your area more lively!

 

Mini size in pink with floral pattern

The mini size is somewhat the middle ground between the itty bitty vases and the large vases, it's big enough to be able to draw attention to itself while still being small enough to add to a smaller space.

 

Largest size in dark green with swirls 

This style would make a great centerpiece for a table or on a shelf, these pieces are attentions grabbers. The large size allows enough room for an overflowing bouquet of flowers to be placed inside. 

Megan Reiniger- Maple Sugar Studios

Maine silk artist, Megan Reiniger, recently visited the Gallery to drop off some of her new designs. As child Megan had an interest in art but it wasn't until 2016 that she taught herself how to dye silk, a couple years later she began selling her pieces. All of her designs are inspired by nature because that's where she goes to recharge her creativity. 

"Yellow Orchids" by Maple Sugar Studios 

Silk art calls for an extreme amount of precision, so even for the most qualified artist, making mistakes is inevitable. 

"Purple Lupine" by Maple Sugar Studios 

Megan admitted that she can be a perfectionist when it comes to her art, but now instead of getting frustrated at a mistake she turns it into part of the art. 

"Light Purple Iris" by Maple Sugar Studios 

She told us that "inevitably something happens and it takes on it’s [the painting's] own personality.” Clearly, Megan has found the secret to silk painting because she work is mesmerizing. 

 

Catie's First Day

Hi, I'm Catie and I'm newly employed at Harvest Gold Gallery! In my free time I enjoy being outside, reading and making art. Even though I'm new to Harvest Gold Gallery, I've found so many art pieces interesting, but my top three favorites are:

"Spring Beauty" by Carol Novotne 

This painting really caught my attention because of the landscape and style; so ethereal. 

"Emerald Pool" by Diane Scott

I've been to Emerald Pool several times; this painting really captures the beauty of this location unlike any photo I've seen. Looking at this piece transports you to Emerald Pool. 

"Sunset Daises" by Varvara Harmon

Daises are one of my favorite flowers, so this painting immediately caught my eye. The way she adds so much life into her paintings truly makes them breath-taking, especially this painting. 

 

 

New Works by Jeanne Oulette

Local Maine Artist Jeanne Oulette has brought in some new works to the gallery for Spring and Summer. Jeanne is focused on interpreting the landscape of Maine in oil paint. She takes particular inspiration from the mountains, rivers and seacoast. Take a look at some of these new pieces, and come check out more of her work here at Harvest Gold Gallery.

"Cold River"

"Clouds Over Pleasant Point"

"Out of the Woods"

"Sunset Casco Bay"

 

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