Archive for Vinalhaven

New Era Gallery Change of Seasons Group Show

Andrew Anderson-Bell    “Seaside Field”  Pastel


The New Era Gallery Annual Change of Seasons group show celebrates the bounty of summer, while looking ahead to the glorious light and cooler temperatures of autumn. They continue the celebration of our twentieth year with new works by many of your favorite gallery artists.

They will hold an outdoor/indoor opening reception on Saturday September 4 from 4:00 – 7:00, with drinks served under the tent where there is lots of room for socializing. Following current recommendations, masks will be required indoors. The show runs through Sept. 21

New Era Gallery shows work by Sharon Townshend and William Trevaskis

“Expired 1,” by William Trevaskis.

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven continues the celebration of its 20th year with a “Late Summer Show,” opening Aug. 7 and featuring ceramic sculpture and drawings by Sharon Townshend and work in a variety of photographic media by William Trevaskis.

An outdoor/indoor reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

The exhibition runs through Aug. 31.

“Counting Sticks,” by Sharon Townshend.

New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St., Vinalhaven. Summer gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 207-863-9351 or visit for more information.

New Era Gallery presents work by David Peterson, Faran Riley Peterson and Ron Rosenstock

Faran Riley Peterson, “Garden.”

Midsummer at New Era brings together the works of ceramic artist David Peterson, drawing artist Faran Riley Peterson and photographer Ron Rosenstock from July 17 to Aug. 3.

David Peterson, whose ceramic boats are known and loved by many, has branched out into some new territory this season with a group of sgraffitoed ceramic tablets inspired by the story of Moby Dick and the illustrations of Rockwell Kent.

Faran Riley Peterson joins the gallery in what we hope is the first of many shows, with her luminous and intricate pen and ink drawings of the coastal environs of her native Georgia and Vinalhaven.

Ron Rosenstock is this year’s recipient of the North American Nature Photographers Association prize for Fine Art Nature Photography. Ron has traveled the world, searching out the most magical places–including the island of Vinalhaven, where he has photographed and led photography workshops for 30 years.

New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St., Vinalhaven. Call 207-863-9351 for more information.

New Era Gallery exhibits ‘Early Summer’ 

New Era Gallery’s 20th-year celebration continues with its “Early Summer” show, featuring the work of three artists who have been with the gallery since the beginning: Alison Angel, Jackson Gregory and Susan Day Philbrook. All are year-round members of the island artists community, and the depth, breadth and diversity of their work is a fine testament to this extraordinary group.

The show will run from June 26 to July 13.

Masks will be required for indoor art viewing.

New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St., Vinalhaven. Call 207-863-9351 for more information.

Vibrant glass jewelry inspired by Maine

Glass jewelry artist Alison Thibault is inspired by Vinalhaven.


Inspired by the colors of the sea, stone, forest and sky, Alison Thibault has combined sheets of glass to form stunning jewelry for more than 20 years. Using dichroic glass, Thibault has created hundreds of color combinations inspired by Vinalhaven.

Generally, dichroic glass has two very distinct colors: transmitted and reflected. Transmitted color is the color we see when we gaze through a clear piece of dichroic glass. Reflected color is the color we see in a clear or opaque piece of dichroic glass when light bounces off of the surface of the glass. It is in the rich combinations that her jewelry becomes vibrant and gorgeous.

Through her one-woman business WindHorse Arts in Vinalhaven, Thibault attracts customers from near and far and connects them to the Maine island. Thibault runs the retail shop while simultaneously working in her studio at the rear of the space. Living in a small, island community, the open shop invites customers and community members alike. Her new styles and colors are also available for purchase at Archipelago in Rockland.

Thibault came to making fused glass jewelry rather serendipitously. Over 20 years ago, an earring gifted from her mother went missing and Thibault was faced with a choice: buy a new pair or try and replicate the missing earring. Thibault chose the latter, setting off the chain of events which led to her taking on jewelry making full-time.

“Inspired to make a match for the remaining favorite earring, I learned to fuse glass at a moment when I was seeking a new way to live and work I wouldn’t want to retire from,” Thibault said. “When people started asking to buy the jewelry right off my body, I listened.”

Alison Thibault’s vibrant colored-glass jewelry hangs on the wall in her shop.

Learning how to make fused-glass jewelry at the turn of the millennia was challenging. Without the digital wealth of knowledge now available at our fingertips, Thibault largely learned through books and experimentation. Some of those experiments included learning how to keep the cut glass stacked neatly as it is placed in the kiln, what color and texture combinations work or do not, and a variety of kiln successes and mishaps. A systems person, Thibault started making earrings with either black or clear backgrounds.

Her earrings are three layers, and with three layers of assorted colors and qualities of glass — smooth, textured, dichromatic, etc. — the possibilities are endless. As her color combinations grow, so does her record-keeping. Each glass color receives a number, so that the final fused glass combination has a unique number of its own, allowing Thibault to recreate color and texture combinations by knowing which glass was the bottom, middle and top layers.

With endless combinations, Thibault experiments with new ones each year, while keeping a steady supply of earrings, pendants and bracelets in her core collection of colors. The core of her creation is not about the color, however, but the energetics and interaction of light through glass.

Thibault is a strong advocate for finding the path that feeds you, a path where you can wake up every day and delight in your work. She shares that there hasn’t been a single day is the past 20 years where she’s woken up and bemoaned going to work. That isn’t to say the work has been easy, especially through the pandemic, however, the fulfillment is worth the trials along the way.

New Era opens first show of the season on May 29

“Lifting Fog,” by Scott Moore.

The irresistible light of spring has returned, the lilacs are blooming, and hope is in the air. This month marks the beginning of New Era Gallery’s 20th season.

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven marks its first show of the 2021 season opens May 29 with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

New Era will take things slowly. For its first opening, people are asked to mask when indoors. The gallery provides plenty of outdoor space for socializing and sipping wine.

The opening show will include new works by favorite artists. The Main Street gallery, sculpture garden and Windy Way barn will all be in full operation this season.

The gallery is included in Decor Maine’s June arts issue, in their story titled “The best galleries from Kennebunk to Bethel to Bar Harbor.” The magazine is on newsstands, and you can read the story at

Group show ‘Home’ at New Era Gallery

Glen Renell, “September Island.”

“Home,” a group show featuring work by many of your favorite gallery artists, rounds out New Era Gallery’s season of Art in the Time of Pandemic. The show opened Sept. 5 and focuses on the changing palette of the approaching autumn season.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are unable to visit in person, a virtual tour of the exhibition will be available online at If you see something you’re interested in purchasing, contact the gallery for details. Support for the arts and artists is much needed during this challenging tine.

The gallery continues to observe safe practices, with gallery occupancy limited to five people at any time and with masks required at all times.

New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St., Vinalhaven.

New Era Gallery’s ‘Midsummer’ exhibit features work by Elaine Austin Crossman and Cristy West

“Indian Yellow 2,” by Cristy West.

“Midsummer 2020,” featuring paintings and prints by Elaine Austin Crossman and mixed-media works by Cristy West, opened July 11 and runs through Aug. 4 at New Era Gallery.

A maximum of five people may be in the gallery at any time, and face masks and social distancing are required. Hand sanitizer will be available onsite.

“Following the Rain, New Mexico,” by Elaine Crossman.

If you are unable to visit in person, a virtual tour of the exhibition is available at through the link on the Exhibitions page.

Regular hours in July are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St, Vinalhaven. Call 207-863-9351 for more information.

New Era Gallery Opens ‘Spring!’

“First Poppies” by Joan Freiman.

New Era Gallery opened its first show of the season on May 23 featuring new work by several artists.

“Spring! Art in the Time of Pandemic, Volume I” is a spring-themed group show.

A maximum of five people are permitted in the gallery at one time during gallery hours, and face masks and social distancing are required. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer is available.

Those unable to visit in person can view the virtual exhibition at, including images of the work and a virtual walk-through tour of the exhibit in the gallery.

New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St. in Vinalhaven.

Commercial Currents Podcast: Business in Uncertain Times

WindHorse Arts in downtown Vinalhaven.












To better understand how our local small businesses are doing during this time of change, Island Institute Small Business Team is making a series of short, pre-recorded interviews with some of Maine’s island and coastal small businesses. These conversations are designed to check in with businesses, understand their concerns, and hear what’s working well.

Episode 3 comes in two parts. The first part is a conversation with Craig Olson, senior community development officer and head of the Small Business team at the Island Institute, that grounds us in the nuts and bolts of the CARES Act.

The second part is a conversation with Alison Thibault, owner of WindHorse Arts in downtown Vinalhaven. A jeweler with more than 20 years of experience, Thibault has been working diligently to stay on top of the Small Business Association’s various disaster relief programs, and recently applied to the Paycheck Protection Program through the CARES Act. She takes us through her application process, shares her concerns for the future of brick-and-mortar shopping, and gives us a lovely example of how social media can bring joy.

The Island Institute’s Small Business Team provides business and financial planning to help entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of starting and growing a business. To find archived editions, go to