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.

Edi Benttinen

Dave and Eda Benttinen are metal artists who met in Alaska and began D&E Metalworks in 1982. Dave was a commercial hard-hat diver and underwater welder and Eda was a steel boatbuilder and marine construction welder. They moved to Mercer, ME in 1985. Inspired by the rural setting, Eda returned to an earlier interest crafting wind chimes and chimes. Dave began making unique forged hangers and hooks for the chimes. Over the years, their work has found its way into galleries, garden centers and private homes throughout the country. The Benttinens feel fortunate to have a lifestyle that affords them the opportunity to appreciate the natural environment year round and which allows them time to connect mind, heart, and hand to bring their ideas to fruition. Dave’s natural inclination to take the challenging route has found expression in his freestanding and kinetic sculptures. The change from precision metalworker to metal artisan has been a life-changing journey for Dave. Eda finds her inspiration in the everyday colors, shapes and textures that fill her sense. Her lifelong fascination with mythology and fantasy is reflected in the whimsical creatures that spring from the metal as she works it. Her colors are jubilant and sparkly, achieved through the application of heat, acids, patinas and paint.
http://www.demetalworks.com

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.

 

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Maggie Bokor

 

Maggie Bokor is known for her organic elegant jewelry. She lives an inspired life as an artist, musician and entrepreneur. Maggie designs from the heart, inspired by her beautiful natural surroundings. She believes in the heirloom quality of her work and loves hearing stories of how her work has touched other’s lives by wearing her creations.

Interested in the organic nature of working with silver in a “clay-like” state, all of Maggie's originals are designed with metal clay. This malleable metal allows Maggie to focus on surface and detail in the hands of a sculptor. She casts in sterling silver to create unified collections. Working with patinas, Maggie creates different looks with each piece. She designs with semi-precious stones and fresh water pearls to add color and personality. 

A ceramics graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Maggie uses her clay techniques and tools with her metalsmithing experience she has cultivated through the years. Maggie and her assistant Lucy work out of her home studio in Topsham. Maggie shows her work in over 60 galleries across the U. S.
Maggie Bokor Jewelry
www.maggiebokor.com
info@maggiebokor.com
https://www.facebook.com/mbokorjewelry
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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

Matthew Frost

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candace

Candace Hill is a product of her times that include junior high school home-economic sewing and knitting classes, a mother who helped her stitch prom dresses, dirndl skirts and A-line dresses, and Yankee thrift that motivates her to never pay full retail price. This passion for fiber, and cold Maine winters has manifested itself into creating wearable art and accessories from recycled, wool, cashmere and angora sweaters.
candace.ruth.hill@gmail.com

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!

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

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.

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

Amanda Slamm and Mimosa Mack

 

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The Different Drummer

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Jan RoyallJan Royall is a native of Maine and has been working in stained glass for over 35 years. She studied in Aspen, Colorado with Steven Horowitz and later in Somerville, Massachusetts with Christi Rufo. “I look upon the creation of stained glass as both art and craft and like the painter make use of color, light and composition.” All of her designs are original, both her commissioned works and autonomous panels are one-of-a-kind. Jan uses some of the finest glass in her pieces, much of it European mouth blown glass. She strives for elegance and clarity in each of her designs. The many nuances and huge color palette of blown glass becomes an important element in every finished piece.

Each work, large or small, starts with a rather nebulous inspiration. “An image from nature may have permeated my awareness, or perhaps something I have read has made a visual imprint. Often I begin with an intuitive idea of how the finished piece should feel; light and airy or rich and saturated with color. These ideas eventually take form on paper and finally in glass.”

Jan feels her work is always evolving. “Initially becoming an excellent craftsman was important and I focused on glass. Later I came to understand that everything I learn has a direct impact upon my work.” Over the past few years Jan has started to incorporate etched and fused elements in her designs. She continues to explore other mediums such as silversmithing, mixed media collage, paper making and encaustic painting.


jsrglass@tds.net

sumbergWall Candy Designs features work by painter Chris Sumberg of Cornville, Maine. The pieces presented here have been crafted using acrylic on canvas, her medium of choice and are created by overlapping asymmetrical shapes of color. Whether her abstract work represents the memories of the Coqui frog in Puerto Rico, singing from sunset until dawn or the simplicity and solitude found at the fishing camp she visits every summer with her husband; Chris' work is always inspired by her love of the outdoors, her family, and the sense of adventure and spontaneity she finds in traveling.

http://www.sumbergdesigns.com/

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