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Lovell Old Home Days 2018

A big weekend is coming up for Lovell: Lovell Old Home Days! This weekend of fun and festivities is an annual tradition for the town and is a time for year-rounders and summer folk alike to celebrate all things Lovell! Lovell Old Home Days is taking place this year from Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22.

Kicking off the weekend is Harvest Gold Gallery’s own event, our 17th Annual Artist Reception and Open House! Occurring Friday the 20th, from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Harvest Gold is proud to kick off the weekend with an evening of fine art and good friends! Join us as we celebrate local artists, and get together for fine art, good cheer, and delicious hors-d’oeuvres provided by Severance Lodge Club! The Gallery is also celebrating turning 21, so this event is doubling as a birthday party for us.

Happening Saturday is the town parade, beginning at 9:00am and winding down Main Street to the sports fields, and the 5k race which leads runners through some of the most beautiful areas in town. Cheer them on if you see them go by! And remember that several roads through town will be closed for several hours because of the parade and race, and so be sure to use the detours posted.

Also Saturday is the fun fair at the Lovell Rec. sports fields. Fun for the whole family, the fair is home to several booths for local attractions like the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, live music, a tent with delicious lunch foods, and games and races for the kids!

Concluding the weekend on Sunday is the Lovell Historical Society’s Summer Fair! From 10:00 to 3:00 head on over to the Lovell Historical Society to see booths set up by many of your favorite local craftsmen and businesses. Beginning at 11:00 the LHS is hosting an auction of gifts and items unique to Lovell, including a beautifully handcrafted sterling silver cuff bracelet donated by Harvest Gold! The bracelet is a 1” Perfectly Puddled Wave cuff, and Bill will custom size it for the winner.

Have a great time at Lovell Old Home Days this year! Love from Lovell!

Summer Fun; Bethel Art Fair!

Come visit the Harvest Gold Gallery booth at the Bethel Art Fair, July 7th 2018 in downtown Bethel on the green. 

50+ artists and artisans come together on Bethel's town common to show their wares and celebrate a vibrant arts scene in Western Maine. Food, entertainment, gallery open houses, and fireworks round out the schedule

Harvest Gold will be showcasing many new things at the gallery such as; "Pen-Y-Bren Lavender Spray", "Zen Puzzles" of many different designs and many more.

Details are as follows;

Who? Presented By: Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce

When? July 7, 2018

Where? Bethel Town Common, 12 Broad Street, Bethel, ME 04217

What Time? 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

We hope to see you all there!

Zen Puzzle Foolishness

In the process of writing the spotlight on Zen Puzzles, two shifts of employees did the same silly thing. We thought it would be so cool to share a time lapse video of us putting together one of these magnificent puzzles!

On Saturday Ari and Ashannah pulled one out and begin to work! It was tough though, seemingly overly so. And so, they bundled that puzzle away and pulled out a different one, hoping the new image would refresh their minds and they could build it with ease. Twas not the case! After a while, Bill and Captain came over and began to help too. At one point, the kindly UPS man also took a moment to place a piece or two. After many hours, they did get the movie they were hoping for!

On Sunday, however, after being regaled with the story of how hard the other two found the puzzles, Lilly and Adriana had a go at the same puzzle thinking with hubris that they could built it in half the time. Twas not the case! Imagine Lynda's surprise when several hours later she came home to the shop only to find her shop girls puzzling again! After a good scolding, Lynda sat down and was able to finish the puzzle in record time. 

The moral of the story here is that these Zen Puzzles are wicked fun, and are surprisingly and delightfully difficult! Try one for yourself here at Harvest Gold. 


Watch Ashannah, Bill, and Captain put one together!  


Stories of a Country Jeweler: My Son Made That!

You never know who is going to come through the bright purple door of the gallery, and today we had someone special walk in!

Lynda and I were sitting at the front desk, stringing necklaces and chatting when all of a sudden the doorbell rang. We looked at each other in surprise, because usually from our vantage point at the desk we can see customers as they walk through the gardens up to the front door.

We stood up, and were just catching the lights when an older fellow burst through the front door.

“Hello! My goodness,” he said, “I just can’t believe this is happening.” With a big smile he started to twist his head side to side clearly searching for something.

“Aha! Oh gosh, right there! I want to see that vase right there!” A bit flustered, we headed over to the white gold case and pulled out the blue and green vase the man was so excited for.

“My apologies,” the man said, “I was so excited to see this that I completely forgot my manners! My name is Tony Egan, and my son made this vase nearly 20 years ago! Ya know, I am staying just down the road at Quisisana. This is my first year staying here, but I had cousins who came up every summer so this year I decided to join them. And look,” he pulled out one of our rack cards, “look! Imagine my surprise to see one of my son’s blown vases pinned up on the board at the resort! Can you believe it? I had no clue that he was showing any work anywhere up here!”

We love hearing this type of story at the gallery, it is always interesting to hear what our artists have been up to since we saw them last. Tony’s son, Michael Egan, is a glassblower out of Vermont. His work was some of the first to be shown here at the Gallery, and we had that particular vase Tony was now holding for at least 18 years! The vase is a favorite of the staff here at the Gallery, and is often on prominent display in one of the front rooms.

“I knew it was Michael’s,” Tony said, “I just knew it! I recognized the blues and greens of the rods, and of course the unique bubble shape! Heck,” Tony rubbed his neck sheepishly,  “I think even twenty years on we still have some scraps from this project lying around the workshop back home. Gosh, you can just never imagine where you work will end up!”

Tony Egan

Tony Egan, posing with his son Michael's handblown vase

And that is so true! We love hearing tales of where our jewelry and art goes with you: to new jobs, to new homes, to new families. So we encourage you to share your stories with us by emailing us at harvestgoldjewelry@gmail.com, or by chatting with us when you next stop in! Hope to see you soon!

Stories of a Country Jeweler: Grandma's Stories, Remembered Always

A young man came into the Gallery the other month, with some family rings in one hand and his sweetheart holding on to the other. His family was from Maine, but he had moved away seeking work and new opportunities. He and his fiance were always fond of and nostalgic for their childhoods here in New England, and so decided to return here to create their wedding rings. These rings would forevermore, no matter where across the world they travelled, remind them of their homes and families in the trees and mountains.

The couple brought in a few old family rings, that they wanted to reuse to create their own bands. While we sat and chatted about size, design, and the like, the man cheerfully recounted to me the stories of each ring that he had brought.

“This one,” pointing to the first, “was my great-grandmother’s. And this, my great aunt’s.” He smiled and seemed nostalgic as he turned the rings in his hands. The girl grinned too, happy that the man could relive the memories of his youth when looking at his beloved family heirlooms.

“This one though, this one is extra-special. This ring belonged to my grandmother, and she and her beau bought it in Switzerland on a whim when they went on vacation. Isn’t it stunning?”  And the ring was gorgeous. Comprised of eight sapphires and ten diamonds, the ring was a beauty, forged in the old style.

The couple wanted to reuse these rings to create new, modern rings that would suit them and their style and lifestyle, all while holding close a keepsake that contained joyous memories. And my oh my, did they turn out to be stunners!

Out of the family rings we were able to reuse the gold to create new bands for the couple, and out of the collection of old stones we were able to create three stunning rings. For the woman, two yellow gold bands with five diamonds each. And for the fellow, one bulkier yellow gold band set with the stunning cabochon sapphires.

When they returned to the shop, this time with the young man’s mother as well, we couldn’t help but feel excited and a little bit nervous about whether or not they would like the new rings. Their reaction was so much better than expected! Smiles all around, and even some tears from mom, and we knew that we had done well.

These rings that are so dear to such a young couple, and symbolize their eternal love and commitment for each other, are made even more special knowing the history behind the gold and stones. Cradled in the gold and comfortingly circling their fingers are memories both old and new, that will be passed down from generation to generation: as are the stories of how the rings came to be.

Grandma’s diamonds reimagined: beloved stories remembered.


Cleaning the Gallery is Tough Work!

With so much art in every corner of every room, dusting and vacuuming can be a large task here at the gallery. We try to keep on top of it, and pride ourselves on keeping a spotless showroom. Captain of course is a large contributor to the dust and fur that needs to be cleaned up. So sometimes, we find it is best to go right to the source of all this fur and clean him right up!  


Full Steam Ahead Towards Summer!

            Summer setup is in full swing here at the gallery! With the lilacs opening out on the front lawn, and the artists bringing in tons of gorgeous new work every day, the gallery’s summertime makeover has begun! Look forward to new work from many of your favorite artists like Bill Janelle, Sandy Crowell, Carol Novotne, Joelle Goff, Ernest Porcelli, and so many more! Plus, we are excited to share with you the work of several artists new to the gallery, including Massachusetts-based weavers Loomination, leather workers Rogue Nation, lamp maker Woodsilks Studio, and card maker Just Bee and Me!

            Bill and Lynda have been busy all winter in the workshop too, so look forward to seeing beautiful new designs in the jewelry cases this summer. From stunning pearl earrings to a bounty of tourmaline pendants and rings, there is jewelry to suit every taste and style. Plus we have just set up a new silver showcase to show our ever-expanding collection!

            We also want to encourage you to stop by one of our summertime events this year. Beginning in late June, we hope to hold plein air painting sessions every other weekend. Pop by to see some of our artists set up their easels in the garden! Also, save the date for this summer’s Open House will be held in July 20th, as part of the Lovell Old Home Days celebrations. The Gallery is 21: finally old enough to attend Old Home Days!

            As the sun shines through the rolling clouds, the pines dance in the wind, and the lake water warms to perfection, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Lovell this summer. See you soon!


Our Email is Changing
We are changing our official Gallery contact email from our Fairpoint address to harvestgoldjewelry@gmail.com. Please make note of this change in your contact books! We will be sending out several notices about this change, and we apologize if this causes any inconvenience to you. Thank you!
A Quick Fix a Long Time Coming

Hooray! Local carpenter Brent Legere, owner of Lovell Box Company, has built us a push for our front door! A long time pet peeve of ours has been that we have no pusher or stopper on our screen door. Brent has solved our problem by making us a beautiful custom door push, with a gorgeous mountain cutout in the center! No more popped out screens for us! 

Brent has also done several other projects for us, all of which we adore as well. From a custom card rack, to new garden boxes and raspberry trellises for Bill, Brent's work is always well made. 

Stay tuned for an update on Bill's garden soon!

(Bill's new Brent-built box!) 

Summer Setup is in Full Swing

We have been busy rearranging the Gallery for the past few days! From fitting in new paintings, to completely rearranging the furniture and style of the back rooms, setting up the whole gallery for the summer season is like a giant game of tetris!

What goes into our setup? Well, you have to think about many different attributes of the work that you are showing. First off is physical size. Can we actually fit all the beautiful paintings, sculptures, glass work, and furniture into our rooms? With a little finagling, we usually can. Second is color and style. We try to make the art all look pleasant to the eye, so that you can consume and appreciate a whole wall of art at once, while still being able to move up close and enjoy individual pieces. We want the eye to glide from one room to the next, perhaps by following a wash of a similar color through several paintings, or by following a similar subject matter. And thirdly is flow and vibe throughout the gallery as a whole. We want all of the artwork to look its best, so we have to try hanging it usually in several different places to see where it can truly shine. Does the subject matter of the painting suit the wall it is hung on? Is it getting enough light? Does the piece suit the amount of traffic that will go through that area? We take all of these things into account when we are trying to hang such a large show.

Our wonderful Thea (who also exhibits several paintings here!) is the mastermind behind our summer setup. She has a brilliant eye for color and flow, and this job would be ten times harder without her keen eye.

Even though summer setup is a long and sometimes arduous process, it is all good fun that everyone in the gallery takes part in and lends an opinion towards. Even Captain joins in! If a happy blind dog with a wagging tail can navigate through our halls, then we know we have done a good job. 


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