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Welcome to Emporium Framing and Gallery, LLC

Gallery SignEmporium Framing and Gallery, LLC is located at 261 Main Street in historic downtown South Berwick, Maine directly across the street from the Sarah Orne Jewett House.

We specialize in quality custom framing, have a very large selection of frames to meet your needs that are competitively priced and will take the time to help you select the frame that will display your piece to its best advantage. Gift certificates are also available.

The gallery also offers restoration, repair and digital services.  We have a selection of mirrors, prints, maps, and other historical documents. In addition the gallery has changing exhibits of juried regional artists in a wide selection of media.

The gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:30-6.  For additional information call
207-384-5963.

Current Exhibit

Seascape

Loominations - TWiNE 2017 will run from February 3 through April 8, 2017 at Emporium Framing & Gallery in South Berwick, Maine. This TWiNE (Tapestry Weavers in New England) exhibit features 34 tapestries by 12 tapestry artist: Lou Abbott, Priscilla May Alden, Janet Austin, Barbara Burns, Ann LeRoyer, Beth, Minear, Minna Rothman, Linda Rhynard, Sue Pretty, Tamar Shadur, Micala Sidore, Betsy Wing.

Priscilla Alden states "The power, rhythm, colors and beauty of the bold rugged coast of Maine where I live, and the colors of the landscape and weaving traditions of the American southwest have a strong influence on my artwork. My first encounter more than twenty years ago with Navajo rugs in Santa Fe and the contemporary tapestries of Rachel Brown and James Koehler in Taos, NM inspired me to learn the intricate art of tapestry weaving..

Tapestry is an ancient handweaving technique using discontinuous weft threads.  Rather than weaving all across each row, small areas are woven in different colors to create images. This ability to create imagery opened up a new world for me! I feel as though I am painting with beautiful yarns.

My career in architectural design helps me see and love geometric shapes, work within the confines of a grid and understand structure, important elements of weaving. I work on both vertical copper tapestry looms of many sizes and my large horizontal Spanish Walking Loom. This loom allows me to stand while weaving and step on the treadles to change the shed.

My techniques are always evolving, enabling me to accomplish new design ideas. Recently I have been pushing tapestry techniques to create more flowing sculptural pieces. I create long open slits that allow the piece to undulate. I beat the weft yarns more loosely to make the weaving less dense. I wrap individual and small groups of vertical warp threads with colorful yarns to create more open areas. With these techniques, I wove a seven foot long ceremonial dress which hangs from the ceiling, One can walk through it and listen to the ringing of bells in the piece. Several more similar tapestries have followed, including” Earth Mother” and “Earth Daughter.”

Seascape (above), Priscilla May Alden, tapestry

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