The 3S Gallery is an incubator of ideas, facilitator of original content, and advocate for contemporary artists. Each year the gallery presents exhibitions that highlight unprecedented innovation across disciplines, celebrate artistic excellence, encourage lively discourse, and foster an unwavering appreciation for the vital role that art plays in our community.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours:  Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm  Saturday-Sunday: 12-5PM Monday: CLOSED 

The gallery is occasionally closed for private events or for exhibit installations, and occasionally open outside regular hours during public performances, by appointment and by chance. 

Check out 3S' calendar for public programs related to exhibitions.



Artists Opening Reception: Friday, November 30. 5-8pm.
Art 'Round Town: Friday, December 7. 5-8pm. (monthly art walk in Portsmouth)
Free and open to the public. 


Rock/Paper/Scissors combines Universal Forest, a micro/macro environment by Juliet Karelsen in tandem with the layered papercuttings of Dylan Metrano. 

Karelsen’s work asks observers if we are looking out into the vast universe? Down at an exotic petri dish, or at the lichens and moss on theforest ground? In a world where daily interaction with plants and trees and moss and lichen (etc!) is increasingly rare, even disappearing, her work points to the importance of taking the time to slow down, notice, and protect the jewels of the forest, the world, and the universe.

Metrano’s subject range includes portraits, animals, and scenes from the unique landscape of his home, Monhegan Island. The works created for Rock/Paper/Scissors push beyond the sum of his body of work and into the strange and unexpected. Inspired by whimsy and abstraction, he has allowed those elements to sneak into this new body of work.



Juliet Karelsen:

Juliet Karelsen received an MFA in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was granted a full scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2015 and 2016 she participated in fiber workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle in Maine and began experimenting with various forms of stitching, embroidery and mixed media. Her work has been shown in Maine, New York City, Boston, Ohio, and abroad in Spain, Argentina and Switzerland. She was born and raised in New York City and has been living in Maine (mostly) since 1991.

Dylan Metrano:
Dylan Metrano cuts and layers portraits, animals, and architecture from colorful paper. He grew up in Newburyport, MA, where he was an active member of the theater and music communities. He co-founded the annual Free Art Show, which gives away hundreds of art pieces in boxes located throughout Newburyport and beyond each December.

Dylan currently lives on Monhegan Island, ten miles off the coast of Maine, where he’s been inspired by a landscape trapped in time. Its centuries‐old buildings and migratory birds have been carefully rendered in his meticulously cut paper.



Additional support provided by:

Infinite Imaging