Need a gift? Stop in at 136!

Martha Kalina, former director of Knox County Human Society, had a vision. If she was going to open a gallery, it was not going to be just any gallery. Her vision paid off. Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta has received quite a bit of attention lately. The gallery won Downeast Magazine’s readers choice two years in row, for ‘Best Gift Store’ and ‘Best Gallery’.

Wood bowls and home accessories at 136

Wood bowls and home accessories at 136

Martha hunts for custom, one of a kind work from local artists and craftspersons. The gallery has a warm and inviting feel. Shoppers are welcomed by Rick and Bruce and are there to introduce the artists to the buyer.

Gifts at 136

Gifts at 136

When I stopped in for the first time in July, it was Friday night, Damariscotta art walk. The place was abuz with community support, alive with excitement! I just had to come back for pictures and an interview.

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The gallery was quite busy and I tried to keep out of the way while getting some shots. Bruce and Rick were connecting with each customer, explaining the artist’s process and background.

Gifts at 136

Gifts at 136

“We have many affordable items, some as low as $4,” said Rick Skolund, business partner. “I think our highest piece is $4000 but many items are in the $50 range, great for weddings or anniversaries.”

Wide range of items at 136 in Damariscotta

Wide range of items at 136 in Damariscotta

Give yourself a little extra time though, there are so many choices!

Wood carvings by Daniel Strawser

Wood carvings by Daniel Strawser

Make sure to stop in and say hi for me next time you are in Damariscotta.

Gifts at 136, 136 Main St, Damariscotta

 

Highlights of gallery openings week of Sept 1st – 7th

Kirsten by Zoey Frank

Kirsten by Zoey

Haynes Galleries will close another wonderful summer season in Maine with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries,” a solo show of new work from the young and supremely talented Zoey Frank. The show, full of work in Frank’s new style, will be on view from September 4 to September 27 at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main Street, Thomaston. An opening reception will take place Thursday, September 4 from 5 to 7:30 pm.

 

Specimen J30-4 by Julie H. Rose

Specimen J30-4 by Julie H. Rose

Arhus Gallery will have an opening reception for fiber artist Julie H. Rose on Friday, Sept 5th, 5-8.

Apple Tree by Pamela Hetherly

Apple Tree by Pamela Hetherly

At Art Space Gallery in Rockland featured artists will be Pamela Hetherly, Lydia Kaeyer, Lara Max, Na Hannah Nelsbach. Opening reception Friday, Sept 5, 5-8

Monhegan from the light house by Bjorn Runquist

Monhegan from the light house by Bjorn Runquist

On Saturday, September 6th at 4 pm, Björn Runquist will talk about the paintings in his current exhibit “Maine Light” at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St in Rockland.

Björn is a beloved plein air painter who has been painting in the mid coast area for almost 30 years.  He’s interested in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere while painting out-of-doors. In his work, local subjects seem familiar but extraordinary with unusual viewpoints and Bjorn’s magical interpretation of Maine’s special light.

 

Time Diptych by Eric Green

Time Diptych by Eric Green

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host two exhibitions in the month of September.
Eric Green / Sarah McRae Morton
September 5-27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 5 from 5-8pm

 

Handwoven rug by Sarah Hotchkiss

Handwoven rug by Sarah Hotchkiss

Sarah Hotchkiss of Waldoboro, Maine will show her handwoven rugs at the Laudholm Nature Craft Fair on Sat and Sun, Sept 6&7.

 

 

Karen Olson

About Karen Olson

Karen Olson is an artist working in metal. Her blogs offer a global perspective, a celebration of art and culture. She 'lives like a tourist' in Midcoast Maine where she makes her home and finds inspiration for art and life in her travels. Follow her creative passion with Renuko Style at renukostyle.com and Coastal Collage, a Bangor Daily News Blog at coastalcollage.bangordailynews.com Karen's photography portfolio can be found at seeingartineverydaylife.com