November 23 - December 30

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. 


Gallery exhibit Rock/Paper/Scissors combines Universal Forest, a micro/macro environment by Juliet Karelsen complemented by the layered papercuttings of Dylan Metrano. 

Universal Forest / Juliet Karelsen / Artist Statement:

In all its various forms and configurations, my work cross references painting, stitching, tapestry, rug making, embroidery, abstract art, fantasy, landscape, textile, miniature worlds, and even science - from botany to mycology to planetary and solar - touching on the micro and macro scales. Are we looking out into the vast universe? Down at an exotic petri dish or at the lichens and moss on the forest ground? Although not overtly political, sadly, nature has become a political issue. 

In a world where daily interaction with plants and trees and moss and lichen (etc!) is increasingly rare, even disappearing, my 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. As Denise Levertov says in her poem “Sojourns in the Parallel World”: We live our lives […in] / A world / parallel to our own though overlapping. / We call it ‘Nature’; only reluctantly / admitting ourselves to be ‘Nature’ too.


Papercuttings / Dylan Metrano / Artist Statement:

This series of layered papercuttings show the subject range I like to work with: portraits, animals, and scenes from the unique landscape of my home, Monhegan Island. The works created for Rock/Paper/Scissors push beyond the sum of my body of work and into the strange and unexpected. Inspired by whimsy and abstraction, I allowed those elements to sneak into this new body of work. 


Artist Bios

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.

Drawn to the simplicity of form, the boldness and relationships of colors, and cleanness of composition, Dylan’s artwork is entirely comprised of cut and carefully layered paper.

Dylan is a self‐taught artist, and has had his artwork featured on numerous album covers, book covers, posters, and in exhibitions throughout New England. He has shown work at the Newburyport Art Association, the Rockport Art Association, The Lupine Gallery (Monhegan, ME), Archipelago (Rockland, ME), Nahcotta (Portsmouth, NH), and many other galleries.

In February 2016, Scholastic published “Every Day Birds“, a children’s book which Dylan illustrated with his papercuttings.

Dylan also plays in the bands Tiger Saw and Cape Snow.