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15th Summer in Center Lovell
Original publish date: Aug. 21st, 2011



Harvest Gold Jewelers Lynda Rasco and Bill Rudd are showing their beautiful jewelry at the Gallery for the 15th season in Center Lovell.


Lynda and Bill started their jewelry company in 1985.  They were living on Knight’s Hill Road with their new baby and Lynda was making jewelry in the basement.  Bill was a chef at that time in Fryeburg at the Oxford House Inn.  After his son was born Bill decided that he would be able to spend more time with his family if he joined the jewelry business with Lynda. 


 He started with the sales.  The first day he brought home a bottle of champagne to celebrate his success. Of course the wine cost more than the profit!


He learned quickly both from Lynda who grew up making jewelry in Lincoln, MA and from his jeweler friends.  Bill attended Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts to learn from Heike Seppa the raising technique he uses to make his flexible gold cuffs. 


 Being a creative person, Bill took his new skills to design and fabricate a gold cuff that won an award for American goldsmithing in 1987.  Together they created a line of wearable gold jewelry that would be sold in some of the finest galleries and jewelry stores in America. 

26 years later, the kids are grown and Lynda and Bill run a beautiful American made fine art and craft gallery in Center Lovell.  The jewelry line has expanded to include sterling silver as seen on Carley, their daughter.   Lynda has been busy stringing tourmaline and other gemstone beads and pearls into lovely.



  They specialize in recycling old gold into new pieces that can be worn and enjoyed for generations to come.   You can bring your old gold to the Gallery and recycle it into something that you can wear everyday.  Remembering the person who maybe worn it as a wedding band or earrings before you and thinking about who may wear it in the future.  


Stop by and see their fine jewelry at the Harvest Gold Gallery on Route 5 in Center Lovell, open daily.  207-925-6502 and always on the web www.harvestgoldgallery.com


Loon Chick in Middle Bay!

Original publish date: Jul. 16th, 2011


Who knew that the baby loon really does ride on the back of its mother?  I found out the other day, two weeks ago when I met these two in our backyard at Kezar Lake in Center Lovell, Maine. I've had a great time watching them this summer and thought you might like to see these beautiful birds!

Here the daddy loon showed up with dinner!  The two have been fishing and feeding all day everyday now.

He is very protective of his family.  See how he is steering them away from the motor boat. 

I was happy to see he was still alive after the weekend that I just had to take another photo!
Mom and chick doing well.
Pops once again watching out for them.
Dusk at Kezar Lake.
If you love Loons, check out our Loon Jewelry in our etsy shop!
Delicately Pink and Oh-So Elegant... The Pink Lady Slipper has Arrived in Full Bloom!

Original publish date: Jun. 7th, 2011

We took a little hike up our neighboring mountain, Sabatus, here in Center Lovell this week. What a lovely surprise we had just before reaching the summit: we were greeted by pink lady slippers that lined the pathway and sprouted up deep in the woods! A member of the orchid family, the pink lady slipper is a rare sight and is listed as an endangered species in many northern states.

The lady slipper has been an inspiration to artists for centuries with it's beautiful delicate shape and continues to be one of New England's unique motifs.

Silver Lady Slipper Pendant
Lady Slippers, Original Oil By: Andy Curran
One of our favorite painters and Maine local, Andy Curran, depicts our forest scene perfectly in one of his paintings that we currently have on exhibit in the gallery.
How does the lady slipper inspire you? 
14k Gold Lady Slipper Earrings

New to our Gallery this Week!

Original publish date: May 26th, 2011

I can't believe it is almost June!
With the winter we had this year it sometimes felt like we would never see summer. And now that it is so close it's hard to believe where the time went!?  We love all of the seasons here in Center Lovell Maine, but there is something invigorating about the summer! Bill's garden produces a bounty of yummy vegetables that he seamlessly whips up into tasty meals! Summer is the time of year when we ready our gallery walls with new artwork from around the country and then we through a little gallery opening to share with the community. Summer is also a time for us to reunite and catch up with our friends who summer at Lake Kezar. We also work with our brides and grooms on custom wedding jewelry, and help husbands pick out the perfect anniversary present. ahhh summer.
We have a lot going on this year, so I wanted to take a minute and share one of the many new things to our shop- this lovely Peace Bowl set arrived this week! Can't you imagine eating a large heaping of fresh salad or pasta out of these bowls!? yum.  
If you are in Maine this summer, stop by and say Hi!  or keep in touch with us by following our blog and becoming a fan on facebook!
Voted "Best Maine Gallery With a View!"

Original publish date: May 6th, 2011


Yankee Magazine recently voted our Gallery in Center Lovell Maine, the best gallery with a view! We certainly love our view and it's great to know others do too! The view looks lovely during all of our New England seasons. The mountains have inspired us as jewelers as seen in our mountain range rings and we even had a couple get married in our beautiful setting!  If you fancy getting out for a lovely drive through the back roads of Maine, come visit us, soak in the view, check out the artwork in our Gallery and look at our always evolving custom jewelry! A big thank you to Yankee Magazine!

Spring is Coming (Finally!) to Center Lovell!

Original publish date: Mar. 18th, 2011

 Spring is coming.  We know because the amaryllis are blooming, the deer are out, and the sun is ever higher in the sky!


This is one of my favorite vases ever.  We met Doug Merritt over 20 years ago and fell instantly in love with his graceful crystal hand blown glass vases.  This one works perfectly for the amaryllis that got too heavy for itself.



The deer we noticed out back just hanging around enjoying the snow squall.
So smile, spring is on the way:)
(Don't you love Ernest Porcelli's glass plate?!?!)
Amaryllis Season at Harvest Gold!

Original publish date: Mar. 10th, 2011

Grandmother Latimer from "2240" in Coral Gables, Florida, gave us 3 Amaryllis bulbs from her yard nearly 30 years ago. 

Since then, Bill has been caring for them and at this time of year we get an amazing display of brilliant color just in time for the end of winter blues. 
Grandmother Latimer lived in Miami for over 50 years.  She was an entrepreneur even back then: selling Mountain Valley Water with her husband. 
They had a victory garden with large grass hoppers. The neighbor's avocado tree had the biggest fruit I've ever seen. The only source for the hot water was the solar system on the roof.   
The flowers bloom again in the summer so make sure to look for them when you stop by.
(Don't mind Bill. :) )
Question: What do you do up here all winter? Part two!

Original publish date: Feb. 25th, 2011

 We stay in shape up here that's for sure.

Most of the wood in the shed has been moved into the wood furnace after Jake stacked it so nicely this summer.

Then there's all that snow to move so you can get in and out. 
 But look how beautiful it is on the railing and the bird feeder. 

  Then there is the incomparable fun of a hot sunny day with flowers, friends and the rope tow out back!




Question: What do you do up here all winter?

Original publish date: Feb. 16th, 2011

The lake is amazing in the winter months.  Wind swept snow buries the slush underneath.  Be careful if you venture out on the lake.  Even though there is a foot or more of ice between the ice and snow a layer of slush can form when it's warm (over 32!).

Snow shoes work well for adventures out back (down to the lake).  As long as you are well bundled you can stay out and enjoy the sunshine in the woods.  Up hill is always warmer!

Fun With Carley Over the Holidays

Original publish date: Jan. 3rd, 2011

Carley was home for a break from her busy life in Florida only to work us like only she can to take lots of new photos of our new and favorite jewelry designs.

It was freezing for this Florida girl.  She found her Great-grandmothers coat to help keep her slightly warmer.

So watch for more of our new and fun jewelry photos with Carley.  Happy New Year to all and wish you lots of fun in the coming year!