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In Memoriam - Stell Shevis - age 101

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    Sad news today.  Enamelist Stell Shevis passed away late last night at the age of 101, probably still enameling. Below is a nice writeup from her one-woman show at age 99.  Thank you, Stell, for setting a stellar precedent for all of us.  Rest in Peace.





    Artist, 99 years old, presents gallery opening at Sanctuary Gallery 




    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Event Location: 

    Sanctuary Gallery in the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street

    Event Date: 

    Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 11:30am to 1:30pm




    Girl with flowers.


    ROCKLAND —  Stell Shevis, 99 years of age, will open a new show on Sunday, June 22, at the Sanctuary Gallery in the Rockland Congregational Church. Refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through the end of July.


    Stell's connection to Maine began in 1945 when she and her husband, who’s name was Shevis, shed their commercial life in New York City for rural Maine. Their first house and 12 acres of land were purchased in Belmont for $1,800.



    They farmed the land for vegetables, raised goats for milk, and kept chickens and pigs to balance their diet. They soon set up a workshop in their barn for silkscreening and block printing and thus was born the Cowstall Press. Their prints sold all over the country.  They collaborated with fellow artists in 1950 to establish the Haystack School of Crafts where the couple taught graphics and block printing for five years. Stell constantly expanded her artistic expression through wool rug making, linen wall hangings, watercolors, and woodblock notecards.



    In 1964, a fire destroyed their home, the barn studio and 20 years worth of irreplaceable art work. They began anew in Camden. With the help of a bank, Shell and Stevis purchased what is now the Blackberry Inn on Elm Street. They opened a small shop and gallery on the ground floor where they sold serigraph (silk screen) prints as well as fine crafts. Her rugs and paintings, his wooden art constructions and their prints now hang in the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Institute and the Smithsonian. In the mid-1990s, Stell inherited all the equipment and colored powders needed to enamel. She quickly mastered three different enameling techniques for making beautiful jewelry, landscapes and portraits and three-dimensional enameled animals. Her work has been featured in international shows and today can be viewed at the San Diego Museum as well as the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.



    The Sanctuary Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon; 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., or by special arrangement by calling 596-0093.


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