Handmade Papers Gallery, on the Reach Road in Brooklin, due north of Center Harbor, is pleased to announce the arrival of newly crafted wood lamps by fine custom woodworker, Louis Charlett. In 2008 Charlett became one of the six Maine artists represented in the paper gallery. His lamps appear as well in galleries elsewhere in Maine and in New Hampshire.
The lamps, available at the Brooklin gallery year-round, represent the artist’s deep affinity for wood and keen respect for the living trees from which it is derived. “I vividly recall, as a boy, walking in the woods and passing my hands over the bark of the trees as I went… feeling the different textures and feeling a connection. I still feel that connection to the wood each time I go into the studio.”
With this sensibility driving his work, the artist’s design inspiration is that of the Arts & Crafts and Mission movements. Swathing these clean, bold forms, primarily of native cherry, in veneers of fiddleback maple and drape walnut among others, Charlett seeks to preserve in each lamp the provenence, or story, that wood brings with it from its former life. Recent wood stories include wood that was sprouted in Pennsylvania, transplanted to Germany and after harvest 150 years later, arriving by way of Italy to New York State where the artist and wood met up. Handsome pairings of Charlett’s lamps and handmade paper shades are on display now at the gallery
Handmade Papers Gallery is open daily throughout the summer and into the fall Noon to 5 p.m. Or by appointment. Information: 359-8345 or makerofpaper.com
113 Reach Road
Brooklin, ME 04616