"World Class Art is Right Here"
Lyme's Long River Gallery and its pop-up store in White River Junction sell fine art. And crafts too.
Dave Celone, the driving force behind Lyme's Long River Gallery, describes himself as a poet. (He's got an MFA.) However, in past lives he studied law and worked in development for Dartmouth. So it may be more accurate to describe him as a poet-entrepreneur. How else to account for the fact that his Lyme-based gallery is riding on the White River Junction Revival with a new pop-up gallery at 49 South Main Street -- and the pop-up gallery has spawned its own mini-pop-up store at the Newberry Market on Thursdays.
The Observer caught up with Celone (who also makes time to blog for the dailyUV) at the Newberry Market, where in addition to selling his own merchandise, he was collecting donations for The Haven.
The Long River Gallery is unique in the Upper Valley, Celone said. It sells fine art (oil on canvas, water colors and oil on board), folk art, crafts and even edibles under one -- well, make that three -- roofs, if you count the pop-ups.
"World class art is right here," is the message Celone wants to get out to the community. Artists in his gallery have had shows in major cities in America, Europe and Asia. And Long River's prices are lower than the artists charge in other venues.
"For artists, being valued in the community has more value than making money," explained Celone.
"Indonesia" a wall hanging of hand-dyed wool and artifacts from Asia and Africa by weaver Doug Masury of Henniker, NH
"Box Box Turtle", ceramic sculpture with removable shell & storage by Artist in Residence, Anna Hranovska Vincelette.
Burl bowl by wood-turner Dustin Coates of Hanover, NH
Cat and other painted wooden sculptures hand-carved/hand-painted by folk artist Barbara McAllister of Canaan, NH
The ceramic mugs by potter Amanda Anna Palmer of Thetford, VT have a keen sense of place.