The Members

lampJim Albert, born and raised in Skowhegan, Maine, has been an avid mountaineer for over 30 years. While climbing around the world, he saw how all peoples are attracted to and utilize rocks. We are of the earth, connected to everything . . . everyone uses and enjoys rocks. Stacks of stones or “Cairns” have been guide posts to mark trails on the way home. "Chortens" in Tibet are stacks of rocks to mark holy places. The Inuits call their stone figures “Inookshuks” and have believed for 2000 years that the spirits of the grandfathers inhabit them.
Jim found he had a feel for finding and balancing rocks in unique ways, then began creating fun and useful ways to enjoy the special rocks he finds in the streams and mountains of Western Maine and beyond.

John Alsop

Information coming soon!

bishop

I am one of the first eight people to start with the River Roads Gallery
co-op in 2009.

 My niece sent me a knitting pattern for a beaded scarf.  I enjoyed making it  so I found more patterns and kept knitting.  I enjoy matching the beads with the different colors and textures of the yarns.
 
I now knit and crochet children's sweaters, buntings and hats. Making jackets and purses out of used denim blue jeans and decorating them with miss-matched old buttons is another of my creations.

 My newest addition to the gallery is “feed bags”.  I use the plastic coated grain, bird seed or other pet food bags, line them with a colorful print and make handles for them.  Unique tote bags !!

 While in Florida, I learned to make wax dolls, which is a very old art.  When we lived in Cambridge, Me. I taught wax doll making classes in my home.  Previous to that my daughter and I ran a consignment craft shop.  “The Village Crafters” in Cambridge, Me.

 

- ruth blake

Kylie Brown Jewelry

Kiley Brown

wood

Raymond is a Athens Native who now lives with his wife, Karen, and their children Austin and Kayla, in their house on Foxhill Rd. He joined the army after high school for 4 years and now works for Lucas Tree as a foreman. Ray enjoys woodworking for a hobby. He is self taught and learned as he went, starting about 6 years ago while assisting his house builder to build his house. He started with 8X10 frames and has done pretty much any size now, including custom sizes. He also makes trivets, cutting boards and has taught his son Austin to make kitchen utensils which he sells also.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RaysWoodworking

Kristin Dennison Pottery

dinnison

https://www.goodlandpottery.com/

Desi Dow

 

David Ellis Pottery

 

bird imageWhile growing up in Fairfield, Maine my grandparents encouraged and paid for me to take art lessons at an early age. Throughout my school years I created many oil paintings, dabbled in watercolors and tried pastels. Although college took me in a different direction, I always had paper handy to doodle on.
When my children were born I became a stay-at-home mom. During this time I took pen & ink illustrations classes with area author/artist, J.A. Pollard. She offered the knowledge and techniques of an old-fashioned art form that I craved. After creating gifts for family and friends, I have been urged by them to venture out of my comfort zone and sell my artwork.


My subjects vary in range from the whimsical to the detailed. Vintage images inspire me and I love anything that has to do with nature…but with a twist.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/northcirclestudio


http://www.etsy.com/shop/lucysuesoap

Alan Haley - Woodworker
On making things
I have been making things since I was a boy, it is one of those patterns of life that seem to make more of you than you of it.  To that extent, every object that comes out of my shop tells two stories, one its own and one thats mine.  Its own story is of the material, the wood, bark, metal and stone, and how it was shaped by a Maine climate and geography.  My story is how I saw it, and what I wanted it to be.
Things have changed for me over the years.  I am not as strong, ambitious or fast as I once was but in exchange I have grown patient and more skilled.  Patient enough to work quietly and let the wood tell its story, skilled enough to help that story come alive.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Pablo Picasso


AlanHaley

https://www.strangewoods.net/

hunter

This season, we are welcoming Elizabeth Hunter, with her handwoven Nordic rugs, home decor and accessories! Elizabeth holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a masters, in print journalism, from American University. After a few years working on Capitol Hill for a major newspaper (in the teletype and typewriter era), she moved to Vinalhaven, Maine, where she started a seasonal retail store, weaving in the winter and selling in the summer. Influenced by life-changing trips to a weaving and design school in Oslo, Norway, and a knitting tour of Iceland and the Faroe Islands, she is now the woman behind Cameleon Fiberworks, a symbol that for her represents nature, color and change. We are excited to have her at the River Roads Gallery!

www.chameleonfiberworks.com

jerveyplate

I began my study of ceramics with Alex Combs at the Univ. of Alaska in 1970. I have established my own Pottery Studio in Skowhegan Maine. I have further developed my craft by attending many workshops throughout the country. Last summer I attended the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, in Asheville, N.C. where I began developing new work featuring my photographic images, using silk screening methods of printing on clay.

My pots are made with high fire Stoneware and Porcelain clays. They are fired in a gas kiln to 2300 degrees in a reduction atmosphere. I often use traditional Japanese and Chinese glazes.

http://www.jerveydesign.com/index4.shtml

Dina Jeannotte

DinaPillowDina is a quilt and stitch artist living in Cornville, Maine. She learned the basics of working with cloth, needle and thread from her mother and grandmother, and as a girl had a ready supply of materials from family textile mill workers and aunts in the commercial drapery and slipcover business. Since her first class in story quilting at the Augusta Heritage Arts Center in West Virginia with Gerry Benton in 1998, she has studied with Maine art quilters including Mary McFarland, Diane Hire, Sarah Ann Smith and Bethany Reynolds. She has taught workshops locally in machine quilting and color theory. She has exhibited her work in Somerset Sampler quilt shows and at the Maine State Quilt shows since 2003. At this point she is most interested in exploring the combination of ancient textile traditions including Japanese sashiko stitching (first used in the 500’s) with modern sewing machine techniques.

 

Jewels By Liz

Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry

Ten years ago while visiting my sister in New Hampshire, she suggested that we visit a local bead shop. I had always loved collecting rocks, even as an adult, so the glistening gemstones caught my attention and I was on the way to becoming a beader.
Living in central Maine allows me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature. The colors of the fields and woods inspire my work. Handling polished gemstones gives me immense pleasure and a labor of love turns them into beautiful creations. I sit at my bead table and let creativity take my hand and heart.

 

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king

 

Angela Olson - Jewelry

Angie Olson

perelka

I am working to capture the vanishing Maine landscape through my pastels. The open fields of hay, corn and other crops with just a hint of human occupation in the distance remind me of my childhood in central Maine. I look to capture the light reflecting off the trees, hay bales, distant metal roofs, and blades of grass.
I love the vibrant red blueberry fields in October, marshes and bogs and other somewhat hidden and under explored places. I look for the blues and lavenders in the snow in winter; the gold’s and the greens in summer.
My pastels paintings are bright. My style is impressionistic. I don’t strive to capture every little detail. Instead, I am looking to capture the essence of a place, a time of year or a time of day.

http://www.kperelka.com

giftsoap

 

I am a beekeeper/soap maker in rural Maine. I am happy and healthy. I credit that to being conscience of what I put in and onto my body.

When the last of my three children moved out of the house and graduated into independent living, I needed to channel my maternal energies into a new direction. Becoming a beekeeper wholly satisfied that desire. The treasures in my hives soon flowed. Soap making became my passion as well. All of the soaps and lotion bars are of my own created recipes.

All of my soaps contain beeswax and honey from my own hives. I use the highest quality oils and unrefined butters available to me. The Calendula petals and Lavender buds are grown in my home garden. Using no pesticides on my plants. The goats milk I purchase locally. Buying within my community is important to me.

So with all that said I encourage you to explore my soaps and lotion bars. Time spent in the bath is often the best time spent during the day.

It's all about the balance...
Being a beekeeper immediately throws you into two roles.

Landlord. If your bees aren't happy they will inevitably leave. No stopping these unhappy tenants.

Farmer. Beekeeping is farming plain and simple. Each year is a new one with little predictability and limited control. You have to be calm, patient and diligent.

https://www.theporcelainhive.com

Amanda Slamm and Mimosa Mack

www.etsy.com/shop/SprigWoodwork

toaster

spatula

spoons

board

 

 

 

The Different Drummer

www.mainetoys.com

toy

Mark Roman

 

Mark Roman

Chris Sumberg

Mark White

Information coming soone!

Victoria Blaine-Wallace

www.victoriablainedesign.com

McKinney

Jonathan Wheaton

Information Coming Soon!

Pam Wilcox - Glass

Wilcox

   
   
 
 

 
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