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EXHIBITION DATES: Sunday, February 1 - Wednesday, April 22, 2015
All welcome to join us on Super Bowl Sunday to kick off and celebrate the Average Joe Photo Show! Open to everyone, anywhere and exhibiting your photos from around the world in 2014, taken with a mobile device and containing human and water, in support of water.org. SUBMIT today!

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Mandy Carroll-Leiva will present a small collection of new rings for the Holiday season. Gorgeous, large, cocktail rings in addition to her signature rings of small, stackable natural diamonds and other semi-precious stones. Mandy Carroll-Leiva is available by appointment to discuss custom rings and earrings created in time for the Holidays.



SUNDAY, DEC 7, 11AM-2PM (and probably longer)
You're invited to join us! During Chester's Holiday Market we'll be celebrating the market theme of "All Hat Day" by knitting away in the gallery. Limited space. Free (although, we're happily accepting cash donations for our scholarship fund benefiting the arts in CT public schools).

There's no official project (or instruction), just a nice group of knitters at various levels of expertise doing various projects. Come by for a short visit, or stay as long as you'd like. Refreshments will be served. We hope you'll slow down during the madness of December and join us in celebrating the Holiday season - it's sure to be a fun time!

We'll also be collecting unworn hats (or freshly knitted hats!) for Safe Futures in New London, CT - a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Many of their clients leave abusive situations with only the clothes on their backs, so they need warm clothes, and hand knits also make good Christmas gifts. The Lyme knitting group knits for them every year and we're extending this tradition. If you'd like to make a donation, please deliver to the gallery on of before December 14th. Janis Witkins, professional knitter, owner of Two Hands Wool and friend to the gallery, has graciously offered to deliver our hats and other pieces.



We're very pleased to welcome our friend, Dalton Ghetti to the Gallery on Sunday, Dec 14th, 11am-4pm. Ghetti creates awe inspiring graphite sculptures on the tip of a pencil creating a minutely detailed work of art. He'll be discussing his work and process in an informal, "open studio" setting as well as signing his prints - what a great gift! This event is free, although we're happy to accept donations to our visual arts scholarship fund which brings cultural programs to CT public schools.

“Dalton developed his own artistic expression by taking an ordinary object and finding something creative hidden within it.” said Lori Warner. “He inspires many to think about everyday objects and how they might be used in a different way to express individual creativity.”

"I feel that small is beautiful” according to Dalton. His intention is to bring people’s attention to small things. Most of the pencils he uses are found on the streets and sidewalks, or given to him. Dalton’s work is a recycling process whereby he turns discarded objects into art.

To create his sculpture, Dalton holds the pencil in his hand under a strong light source and carves it mostly with a sewing needle and a small, very sharp, triangular metal blade. Whenever he gets inspired, he sculpts in very short intervals of one to two hours per day. He works very slowly by removing specks of graphite a little at a time. Therefore, it takes months or sometimes years to complete a sculpture. “I don’t do it for money.” says Dalton. “I sculpt pencils mostly for myself; my art comes from my heart.” He plans to donate his life's work to museums with the intention that the collection not ever be sold. Dalton believes in universal public access to art. We're pleased to extend his vision and promote his work.



The art of chocolate! We’re pleased to welcome chef Priscilla Martel to the gallery during Chester’s Holiday Market “Chocolate Festival”, Sunday, December 21, 11am-2pm. Christine Chesanek of Fromage in Old Saybrook will provide chocolate for tasting.

Priscilla Martel and Charlie van Over opened Restaurant du Village in Chester, Connecticut in 1979 in pursuit of their dream of capturing the spirit of France in a country restaurant. And for 11 wild and delicious years, they lived the dream. That experience launched Martel’s career. From her start in the restaurant business, to becoming a baker, cookbook author and food consultant, exciting food experiences have been front and center for much of her life. As a writer, Martel has traveled the world visiting bread makers, flavor scientists, pastry chefs, almond growers and all manner of farm and fishery. Her aim is to record some of those experiences in the hopes of inspiring others to be bold and curious in their food discoveries.

For more than ten years, Martel has been part of the team that produces two of the best-selling culinary textbooks used to train aspiring professionals. Homemakers and chefs face the same dilemma every day – what to cook and how to prepare it. In the books On Cooking and On Baking, she teaches student chefs the core techniques needed to feel comfortable and confident cooking just about anything. (On Baking won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best professional book of the year.)

Fromage: http://www.fromagefinefoods.com/

Chef Priscilla Martel: http://www.amazon.com/Priscilla-A.-Martel/e/B00BHMT9LQ/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_2



Do you take photos with your mobile device? Then your photos may be included in our 2nd annual international photogrpahy exhibition! submit up to 12 photos taken during 2014, containing an element of water and a human form.

The Average Joe Photo Show is an international photography exhibition hosted at Lori Warner Studio / Gallery and online to benefit water.org. Please visit averagejoephotoshow.com for a gallery of images and information from our 2013 Show. Submissions are being accepted now through the end of 2015! Don't hesitate! Submit here!

The Average Joe Photo Show highlights the average person’s perspective of our everyday world. Since the majority of the worlds’ population now enjoys some sort of mobile device, this exhibition seeks photographs of ordinary or (extra) ordinary moments taken with the camera app on a cell phone or other mobile device. This years’ philanthropic focus is water.org.
The response from the press, participants and visitors has been incredibly positive. We encourage everyone to get invovled!


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Please join us for the closing reception and artist talk with Jeremy Ziemann - our 2014 Solo Artist. Ziemann's new series of works are light sensitive structures that are "captive forms" meant to be explorations of atmosphere and light experience. The medium of cast urethane has been meticulously researched and tested - to the extent of designing a hyperbaric chamber to aid in the creation of these forms.

"Ziemann has achieved a sense of light and color without physically lighting his work. I have yet to see any works in contemporary art with this subtlety of illumination from within. This new series is extremely complex in process, but doesn't show this; Ziemann's work retains a simplicity and pureness. It's very refreshing to see work that portrays color and gradation of tones in such a direct, yet atmospheric way. I left the studio with excitement for him, the work and even my own work." 

More information on Jeremy Ziemann





Lori Warner's Calm 01 published on book cover


Average Joe Photo Show goes to college!


Carrie Gustafson featured in New England Home, Jan-Feb 2014



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