"Oasis" : a Solo Exhibition by Kate Hair

On View in the Stone Gallery through October


Kate Hair, a local artist with an appealing and original interpretation of the natural world around her, is being featured in “Oasis,” a month-long solo show in Maple and Main’s Stone Gallery during October.


Kate, who grew up in Chester and has returned to town to live, studied fine art, graphic design and textile/surface design at institutions including the Maine College of Art, Fashion Institute of Technology and the Lyme Academy. She also holds a degree in Plant Science from Rutgers University and is the manager of Dina Varano Gallery in town.

“I love color, layers, and texture. I am particularly interested in the light and atmosphere in the landscape. The paintings and patterns I can create based on all the beautiful forms in the natural world are endless,” says Kate.

Diane Cadrain: Focus Artist Oct. 7 - 21

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Diane Cadrain, an imaginative and accomplished fiber artist, who’s been plying one needle or another since she learned hand embroidery from her grandmother way back when, is the Focus Artist at Maple and Main from Saturday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 21.

On Sunday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 3ish , Diane will be felting – working on a piece she’s almost finished as well as one she will start so visitors can see the process at various stages.

You’ll want to visit with this engaging artist.

Barbara Rossitto: Focus Artist Oct. 22 - Nov. 4

Squeegee & Palette Knife Demo, Sunday Oct. 22 from Noon to 2 p.m.

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Barbara Rossitto, a founding artist at Maple and Main, says, “I paint with my heart, bringing the viewer with me on an exploration of essence and perception.”

Sometimes these artist statements are a bit lofty but not Barbara’s – her paintings consistently get to the essence of what she’s seeing and feeling. No easy feat.

She’s been at art for decades and steadily as her awards and success can attest.

Maple and Main is delighted Barbara is our “focus” artist from this Sunday and for the following two weeks. On Sunday, from noon to 2 p.m. Barbara will do an oil painting demonstration using a palette knife and squeegee among other tool of the trade.

A small display of her paintings will be on view in addition to the art she has in the fall show.

Ghosts in the Cemetery and More 

October 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

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This year’s Halloween Carnival in downtown Chester on Friday, Oct. 27 will be the best yet with games, food, a costume parade led by Chester’s fife and drum corps, music with a DJ, scary stories and a haunted cemetery . The ghosts of the “dead” will be rising and lurking in the shadows of Laurel Hill Cemetery from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the children’s costume parade licks off at 5:45 and the center will be closed to traffic from 4 to 10 p.m.

 Shops and galleries will be open including Maple and Main which welcomes trick and treaters from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Please see the Halloween Carnival Facebook Event page for more information 

Fall Exhibit Now on View 

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The eighth annual Fall Exhibit at Maple and Main Gallery, featuring a diverse selection of new works by 56 artists, opens Wednesday, Sept.  6 and runs through November 12.

The gallery will be filled with traditional landscapes and seascapes in oils and pastels, contemporary mixed media pieces, sculptures and original works that defy easy classification.

Maple and Main Gallery, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. mapleandmaingallery.com; 860-526-6065 and follow the gallery on instagram and facebook.