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.

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

basketSarah Coleman is a self- taught basket maker from Jackman, Maine. She has been making antler baskets since 1991. Each basket is unique in its shape and antler origin. The antlers are obtained from yard sales, shops, hunters and friends. Antlers are naturally shed each year and are plentiful in Maine. An animal is never sacrificed for the sake of its antlers in the making of these baskets. These antlers come from Maine's white-tailed deer, mule deer from the West, and Alaskan Caribou. Enjoy one of these unique sculptural baskets as a family heirloom!

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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

couture

I reside here locally in Skowhegan Maine.  I'm a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology in 1993 and also The Maine Photo Workshops in 1989. My photographs attempt to capture the feeling and essence of my subjects, they deal with texture, surfaces, natural occurring geometric shapes and tension.  I like to get in close or stand back to compose the objects in my camera frame, either filling it entirely or just using the edges.  Some of my favorite photographers I draw ideas and inspiration from are:   Minor White, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Doisneau and Sebastiao Salgado.  I am very interested in capturing emotion and feelings in my images.  In addition to creating fine art images I also shoot weddings, HS seniors, families and do some freelance work on the side.

You can contact me via my website         
www.kevincouturephotography.com

and also on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kevin-Couture-Photography/112877278777327

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/

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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.

 

Heather Kerner

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I have learned over the years that there is a meditative quality to a repetitive craft which can be nourishing to the spirit and be deeply relaxing. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I often spend my professional time helping to nurture the uniqueness, creativity, and independence in children with developmental challenges as they learn to play, go to school, and care for themselves. One of the tenants of my profession is the importance of creating balance between work, self-care, and leisure. While I have the unique opportunity to discuss this concept with the families with whom I work, I am deeply committed to achieving a healthy balance of activities in my own life. Craft has always been replenishing for me.

My love of handicrafts was cultivated growing up among the artist culture on the coast of Maine. I have dabbled in traditional and unique basketry, beading, pottery, knitting, figure drawing, and quilting; always excited to discover a new medium! When I learned to felt, in an attempt to create a vessel with structural integrity, it seemed only natural to find a way to incorporate my favorite elements from other media. The functional potential in using a natural and renewable resource such as wool excites me! It is a material that offers an appreciation of Nature, centuries of functional and primitive uses, and the opportunity for unique design. The mountain peoples of Mongolia who fashion their yurt homes and syrmak carpets from wool, as well as the Turkish traditions of multi-color knitting designs are an inspiration!

Most recently, I have been exploring the joy of color! I am addicted to experimenting with different vibrant color combinations and it’s effect on my emotion, especially with the changing of the seasons. I am attracted to forms that resemble pottery, and detail that draws the eye in for a second look. My goal is to use the strength in felted wool to make a durable, yet beautiful container for frequently used or treasured objects. “As you begin your life in the world, intertwining the past and weaving one future, may your fabric be especially strong. May your pattern be unusually beautiful.

http://www.spiralworksfelt.com

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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BetsyLevine

Betsy moved to Maine in 2005, built her kiln and established Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty. She makes useful pots (tableware, storage jars and vases) as well as evocative vessels in high-fire stoneware and porcelain, firing most of the pots in her gas-fired soda kiln, and twice a year with a group of potters in a week-long wood firing. Betsy's work reflects her long-time interest in artifacts, in ancient historical records, symbols on bowls, marks on tablets, and the very earliest impulses to put our 'prints on the sands of time.'

Betsy's pots are organic and earthy, with a sensuality that comes mostly from the materials she choses and the atmospheric firing techniques that she uses. Her forms are simple, yet graceful, revealing the complex surfaces resulting from the interaction of clay and fire.

Two different firing methods create a complementary body of work. The wood fired pots are fired for 8 days, allowing fly ash, coals, and the strokes of the flame itself to caress the pots and create unique surfaces in a beautiful range of natural color, from blacks, browns and purples to oranges, golds and pale pearly greasy. The soda fired pots show off the natural colors of the clay itself played against restrained use of glaze which reacts with the soda atmosphere to produce subtle changes in light reflectivity and color variation.

Betsy's pots are made to be used, admired and loved. They may look like works of art but they can go from table to dishwasher and be used and enjoyed every day.

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I have been making pots for more than forty years.  Most of my pottery is functional and is created for everyday use.  I also enjoy doing a few raku firings in the summer and early fall.  The somewhat unpredictable results make for an exciting day of firing in an outdoor kiln.

In January I teach a one-month pottery course at Colby College.  The remainder of the school year, I am an adviser for the pottery club.

Angela Olson - Jewelry

Angie Olson

Panzera

I love using photography to share with others the natural beauty of the world as I see it through the lens of my Nikon D700. I have a passion for capturing wildlife, nature and landscapes in a unique and undisturbed environment. For example, young fox kits playing at their den. Or an eaglet in the nest crying for food and the parents flying in and tenderly feeding it. The wildlife inspires me on my journey into photography.

I love to photograph wildlife in their natural settings and in different stages of their lives. I feel very protective of them and their environment. The connection that I feel to the wildlife is very special. I want others to feel that same connection through my photography.

When I see a field of wildflowers or stand on a cliff of rocks being splashed by the sea, I get a wonderful, exciting inner feeling of calm. I can sit for hours watching the light shifting and creating new picture opportunities. Through my photography I try to make time stand still.

Living in Sebago, Maine with my husband, Jim and our two Golden Retrievers has provided me vast opportunities to observe nature and take award winning photographs. I am a loon monitor for Maine Audubon, a heron monitor and eagle monitor for the State of Maine. Because of my connection with the eagles in Sebago, I have made a commitment that my company, Linda L. Panzera Photography, would donate 5% of its earnings to The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, “Endangered and Non-game Wildlife Fund”. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is responsible for the preservation, protection and enhancement of the inland fisheries and wildlife.

Linda L. Panzera, Photography,
753 Anderson Road,Sebago, ME 04029
email: lindapanzera@yahoo.com
website:http://www. lindapanzeraphotography.com

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

More information very soon!

McKinney

Pam Wilcox - Glass

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