Maine Art Gallery

‘The Artful Interior’ features craft created for the home

Sun, 09/17/2023 - 7:30am

Story Location:
15 Warren Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578
United States

“To make something functional requires skill. To make something beautiful requires a refined aesthetic. To make something both functional and beautiful takes a very special kind of person,” says Cynthia Pappas, curator of the upcoming exhibition at Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery. The works are on view from Sept. 21-Oct. 21 with a reception for the artisans with music by Jud Caswell on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m.

"The Artful Interior" celebrates makers working in wood, fiber, clay, metal, and much more. Most of the objects perform a distinct function and are designed to be effective as well as beautiful. “The maker creates with the user in mind to craft an object which brings joy and beauty to the owner's life and to their daily routine,” notes Pappas. “A piece of the maker stays with their work, so each time the user settles into a familiar chair, steps barefoot on a woven rug, holds a mug or a spoon in a certain way…that connection between maker and user is strengthened.”

A few of the featured artisans include weaver Sara Hotchkiss, furniture maker Eben Blaney, broom maker and wood carver Eric McIntyre, metalsmith Christopher Bissett, artist and designer Michael Olszewski, bookbinder Joelle Webber, ceramic artist Michelle Michael, woodworker Patrick Moore, and weaver Hillary Crowell. A juried exhibition of paintings of interiors and still lifes enhances the fine crafts.

The Maine Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges show sponsor, BIRCH Home Furnishings and Gifts, and season sponsor, Sherri Dunbar of Tim Dunham Realty.

A nonprofit organization, the Maine Art Gallery is dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the visual, fine and applied arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs for children and adults since 1958. More information can be found at and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. 

The gallery is located at 15 Warren St. with free on-street parking. From the north on Route 1, turn right onto Federal Street (Rt. 218) then left onto Warren Street. From the south on Route 1, turn left onto Federal Street, then left onto Warren. From Main Street shops, it’s an easy 8-minute walk.