POLLY WALES POP UP - Wednesday, April 19, 11-3

Join us!  Polly Wales’ extraordinary cast-in-place gemstone and diamond creations will be here at Gladstone...unique alternative bridal designs and coveted one-of-a-kind jewels for your everyday adornment.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Collection firsthand and enjoy special event pricing!

“I love the unpredictability of the casting process.  How a piece will look is never sure until the investment paster is cleaned away and the gold is revealed. It’s magical every time.”  ~ PW

Click here to view "The Rogue Moment", a video featuring Polly Wales

GILES EDWARDS · December 1, 2016 - February 25, 2017

LONDON, LENNY, AND HADRIAN: BRITAIN 2014 - 2016

photographs

OPENING RECEPTION

Thursday, December 1, 5-7pm

This is the first US exhibit of English photographer Giles Edwards’ work. Born in London in 1958, his street and social documentary photography captures the quirkiness and mindset of the English people, and addresses homelessness. These images are juxtaposed with Edwards’ photographs of Britain’s majestic countryside, Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.

Edwards’ education began at St George's School Windsor Castle, the Queen's boarding school for choristers of the castle Chapel Choir, from 1966-1971. He took the test to become an angelic choir boy, but failed. Not a strong academic student, he studied photography at Radley College for one year, spending most of his time in the darkroom at age 18. This was the extent of his formal training in the field. 

In life, Edwards has explored numerous career paths. Antiques dealer, “selling bits and bobs to an assorted collection of eccentrics, low lifes and chancers”, a stint in the music industry at Island Records, and training with Peter Newman as a fine art oil painting restorer. Clients included the National Gallery, National Gallery, Greenwich Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and the Mellon Foundation. “As with the antiques chapter, this was a time spent mixing with the art dealers of London, a fabulous collection of old school charmers, streetwise artful dodgers and, more often than not, an impossibly seductive combination of the two.” From 1986 - 2014 Edwards worked in film and video. He and a partner formed an independent film production company making promotional and corporate films. This culminated in a longterm project in which he produced 60 films to promote higher education in the UK.

“Throughout all these haphazard adventures and assorted shenanigans I have never been far from a camera and I suppose photography has always been my No.1 preoccupation ever since I first got me mitts on a Kodak Instamatic.”

“With regard to the street photography side of things, when I was in my teens I discovered an English photographer called Tony Ray-Jones. He was operating in the 1960’s and very early ’70’s. I absolutely loved his stuff, amazing pics full of humour and kindness.” Ray-Jones described his own work, “My aim is to communicate something of the spirit and the mentality of the English, their habits and their way of life, the ironies that exist in the way they do things, partly through tradition and partly through the nature of their environment and mentality.” Giles’ other influences include Martin Parr, John Gay, Edith Tudor-Hart, Garry Winogrand, and Vivian Maier, and a number of the 1960’s generation of British landscape photographers. 

“The way I actually go about shooting in the street is quite simple. Every day that I spend attempting to shoot this stuff starts as early as possible. Summer 5:00am onwards, winter just before sunrise. I randomly select a starting point on the tube map and see what happens. Sometimes things just fall into your lap and on other occasions I will spend perhaps an hour waiting in a location I like for something to happen. Anyway, it involves a lot of walking. I think my longest hike has been just over 20 miles through London in a day. Occasionally, I will shoot at night. The beauty of street shooting is not having any idea at the start of the day of what will unfold. In the early days of this project I used to blast off far too many shots and the results were not noticeably more interesting because of this. Now I am much more frugal in terms of number of shots taken in a day and the percentage of worthwhile stuff seems to have increased. I think I have a result if I have just one image I like from the day. When shooting the ‘down and outs’ I always talk to them before attempting any photography. It’s incredible how positively these overlooked people react even to just being asked their names… It’s quite a controversial issue, this type of snapping, but I’m firmly of the opinion that if you show these people a little respect, it can be justified. I know that a few of the pictures I have taken of ’street people’ and the story behind them have changed the way some of my pals think about this issue. Not saying I’m changing the world, but I think it all helps.”

Edwards’ work hangs in the collection of the Rolling Stones’ London office, and he recently was the photographer at Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Gala event in London. He is currently preparing for a January 2017 solo exhibit at the Union Club Gallery in Soho in the West End of London. 

Click on any of the slideshow images above to access Giles Edwards' website

POLLY WALES · Wednesday, June 29, 2016

S A V E   T H E   D A T E  !

DESIGNER TRUNK SHOW

Wednesday, June 29, 11 - 7

one day only  enjoy special event pricing

Polly Wales is an award-winning British fine jeweler, who we have had the pleasure of representing since 2012.  In early June she won the Couture 2016 "Best in Bridal" Award, a well-deserved recognition from one of the most discerning competitions in the fine jewelry world!  The Couture Show takes place in Las Vegas and is attended by over 4,000 of the world's most prestigious brands who come to preview exquisite original designs from more than 200 international designers. The show is a destination for tastemakers in fashion and design, so we expect to see her stunning work featured in the world's top publications soon! 

Polly uses traditional lost wax casting methods in a most unorthodox process to create one-of-kind pieces of jewelry that have become her signature style. Each unique creation has a raw, unconventional beauty, featuring repurposed diamonds or precious colorful gems cast directly, often randomly, into gold.

 “We make jewelry that never has a perfect moment”, says Polly of her jewelry. “The process behind the backbone of our work is to cast an array of gemstones inside precious metal, to create pieces that always have unique and slightly unpredictable outcomes with a rough luxe, ‘from the earth’ aesthetic….like geodes split open as stones break through at random points to penetrate the surface of the gold.”

 

 

Evan Lindquist · November 20, 2015 - January 26, 2016

A CALLIGRAPHIC LINE

engravings

OPENING RECEPTION · Friday, November 20, 5-7pm

Evan Lindquist is an award winning Master Engraver and one of the few late twentieth century American printmakers working in the medium of copper plate engraving. Lindquist is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of American Graphic Artists and his work is represented in major museum collections in the United States and abroad. A longtime professor of printmaking, Lindquist is now a full-time artist, living and working in Jonesboro, Arkansas. We are honored to be exhibiting this selection of engravings which celebrate the calligraphic line. 

Adventure with E.L.: Surf, picture size 6.4 x 11.8, matted size 12 x 18

Adventure with E.L.: Surf, picture size 6.4 x 11.8, matted size 12 x 18

Laraine Armenti · August 14 - November 10, 2015

STILL LIFES

paintings & drawings

OPENING RECEPTION · Friday, August 14, 5 - 8pm

This is Laraine Armenti's first exhibit at Gladstone.

I use oil paint, graphite on mylar, ink on paper, gouache, and acrylic-painted paper collage to invent images from observation and imagination. The work relies on thematically related subjects to create pictures within established genres of florals, still-life, interiors, figure, and landscape.

My interest in art history is equally as strong as my practice in visual art.  The Romantic movement in Europe and Chinese ink painting are primary touchstones of my aesthetic and philosophic concerns. Their material qualities illuminate my creative process in spite of the contrary omnipresent technological and economically globalized modern era.

By engaging with the intersection between realms of history, dream, and contemporary life, my work in art embodies archaic gestures as a personal act that manifests the act of looking.

- LA, August 2015

to learn more about our connection with the artist Laraine Armenti, please see our blog

Avocado, 2014, oil on linen, 8" x 10"

Avocado, 2014, oil on linen, 8" x 10"

Diane Charyk Norris · May 15 - August 11, 2015

TAKING FLIGHT 

monotypes & paintings

May 15 - July 8, 2015   * Extended through August 11, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION · Friday, May 15, 5 - 8pm

Taking Flight, a series of monotypes and paintings, is Diane Charyk Norris' second exhibition at Gladstone. 

In this new work Diane studies and abstracts the patterns in butterfly wings.  “I am captivated by the underlying structure, patterns, and unexpected vivid colors in nature’s wings, set in a world of flickering light, elusive movement, deceptive camouflage, and delicate beauty. I am also intrigued by the underlying purpose of patterns in butterflies. Patterns echo dappled light and shade to confuse a predator.  Bright complementary colors serve to distract the eye.  Peacock jewel patterns or vivid blue stripes can hide a true outline. Eyespots distract birds and fake swallowtails steer predators away from vital parts.”

These extraordinarily powerful images explode with color and pattern, and capture the velveteen surfaces of butterfly wings. The series is a beautiful celebration of Spring and the emergence of new life! 

Coordinating with the theme, and with a nod to vintage butterfly wing jewelry, we will be presenting our new signature rock crystal and gold locket with natural butterfly wing interiors.

Esther Pullman · February 20 - May 12, 2015

Sasso Felice, Roma

photographs from the glorious corners of Rome

Opening Reception | Friday, February 20, 5 - 7pm

CLOSING RECEPTION | Wednesday, May 6, 12 - 5pm

“Rome, Spring 2012, rain.  In this flat light I am surrounded by earth colors and the textures of heroic architecture: marble, stone, cobbles, stucco, collages of building material, real and illusionistic. I am seduced by the monumental geometry into composing abstractions with my camera. Now, I find that the prints are further energized by careful juxtaposition, considering color and form.”

- EP

 


Ray Griffiths Pre-Holiday Trunk Show · December 7, 2014

One Day Only . . . Sunday, December 7, 11-6

Ray Griffiths Holiday 2014

Back by popular demand, master jeweler Ray Griffiths will be returning to Gladstone for a ONE DAY Trunk Show of his latest and greatest gold crownwork jewelry designs. Create your Holiday wish list from a vast selection of gorgeous gemstones styles, meticulously crafted. Colorful jewels and Holiday cheer will abound this Christmas-by-the-Sea weekend in Manchester! Join us!!!



JAPAN MEETS THE WEST · September 12, 2014 - January 10, 2015

YOKOHAMA & MEIJI ERA PRINTS

The opening of Japan to Western trade in the 1860s and the reformation of Japanese society in the Meiji Era are revealed through this collection of 19th century Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The marvels of a new industrial world and the cultural contrasts of East and West are visually and historically intriguing. Please join us to view this impressive group of prints that document a pivotal moment in Japan's past.

Opening | Friday, September 12, 5 - 8pm

UTAGAWA YOSHITORA, American Woman with Her Child on Stilts, c. 1861, woodblock print

UTAGAWA YOSHITORAAmerican Woman with Her Child on Stilts, c. 1861, woodblock print

Ray Griffiths Trunk Show · August 1 & 2, 2014

Ray Griffiths Trunk Show at Gladstone

Friday, August 1, 11-7

Saturday, August 2, 11-6

GLADSTONE, recently dubbed by the Boston Globe as the jewelry store “not to miss” in Manchester-by-the-Sea, is pleased to announce our annual Trunk Show with master jeweler Ray Griffiths. Customers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the designer and enjoy special trunk show pricing.

Australian-born, Ray Griffiths has been creating elegant and timeless jewelry for more than 30 years. His training in jewelry restoration, and interest in architecture and antiquity have inspired the crown work motif he now uses in his signature designs. Ever prolific and innovative, the designer’s latest creations incorporate gold cowry shell shapes and finials, as well as mixes of oxidized silver chain with gold elements. An expanded range of exceptionally cut colorful gemstones is also featured in the new collection.  

Ray Griffiths lives and works in New York City, where his eponymous studio is located on Fifth Avenue.

All are welcome!

 

Diane Charyk Norris · June 20 - September 9, 2014

Water & Ice

paintings, monotypes, drawings

Diane Charyk Norris is a visual artist of environmental spaces. As a landscape painter influenced by a background in waterfront planning and architecture, she works in acrylics, oils, inks, charcoal, watercolor, printmaking, and photography.

The phenomenon of patterns in water and ice offers insight into geometries found in nature.  This collection of paintings, monotypes, and drawings explores changing tidelines, coastal underwater reflections, and retreating glaciers to identify timeless patterns of vast elemental space.  

In the tideline paintings, the systemic network of channels in tide flats at the mouth of a river and rocky tidal coves shapes a dialogue between sky, water, and land.  My response is made of interconnected marks, blended light, and color passages to invite contemplation and exploration beyond the surface.

In the monotypes, I have drawn the underlying structure of tessellation patterns in underwater reflections to create a vast sense of space and context for playful overlays of transparent inks.  

In the charcoal drawings, the tracking of a river of ice is traced as it flows from the snow fields at the top to the bottom valleys.  Glaciers appear static, but have tremendous power as they quietly ooze downhill.  The ink drawings explore the marking of these tracks with natural ink flow and animation of the white spaces between. 

In watching and painting these subjects, I find stillness and quiet in the midst of extraordinary energy and movement and contemplate changes we are facing on the New England coast with deep respect.  I invite the viewer to enjoy these watery worlds and ponder on the forces that shape them.

Diane Charyk Norris June 2014

Opening Reception | Friday, June 20, 5 - 8pm

Esther Pullman · April 6 - June 19, 2014

Spring / Greenhouse

photographic panoramas

Long no more . . . At last, the light and promise of Spring is here !  Esther Pullman has returned to Gladstone with more compelling images from her Greenhouse series. These contained landscape compositions are imbued with the themes of light, life, and renewal. An extensive portfolio of the artist's work accompanies the pieces on exhibit. 

Esther Pullman, Stowell Park Greenhouse, Cirencester, England, 2010

Esther Pullman, Stowell Park Greenhouse, Cirencester, England, 2010

Christopher Pullman · December 5, 2013 - March 28, 2014

Recent Rocks

oil and watercolor paintings

With an ever-evolving eye, Christopher Pullman continues his exploration of the boulders and basalt ledges of coastal Annisquam.  Pullman approaches his subject as an exercise in theme and variation, painting the same groupings of rocks from different points of view. Watercolors and oils capture the shifting weather, tide, and distinctive Cape Ann light. 

Opening Reception | Thursday, December 5, 5 - 8

Christopher Pullman, Slot, 2013, watercolor, 15 x 22

Christopher PullmanSlot, 2013, watercolor, 15 x 22

Tiffany Peay · November 8 and November 9, 2013

Tiffany Peay · Designer Appearance and Trunk Show

Select from Tiffany's beautifully unique and elegant gemstone and pearl creations!  Learn about the meaning and power of gemstones and enjoy specail event pricing. 
Friday, November 8, 11 - 6, Saturday, November 9, 11 - 5

Undulating graduated freshwater pearl necklace, 14k yellow gold, 32 ½" long

Undulating graduated freshwater pearl necklace, 14k yellow gold, 32 ½" long