Collective art gallery now highlighting several local artists
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Classic cherry bowl by Jason Breen
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WILMINGTON- Jason Breen is one of six artists being highlighted at the Ann Coleman Gallery. Breen builds traditional and innovative solid wood furniture, cabinets, and doors. His work features handcrafted joinery and hand-worked surfaces that are sensual and satisfying to the touch and to the eye. Most of the wood Breen mills into lumber comes from the neighborhood. He air dries it for at least a year before building his fine furniture. Worthy scraps he turns into bowls, plates, and other small pieces.

After studying guitar and lute building at Marlboro College with Gib Taylor, he worked as a timber framer and house carpenter. Since 1998 he has concentrated on building fine, freestanding furniture. He also manages to build one timber-frame per year, focusing on smaller one-man construction projects such as cabins and outbuildings. Breen is always up for discussing commissioned work:

Breen lives and works on a hillside farm in West Brattleboro with his wife Erica and children Jonas and Margaret, as well as an unruly menagerie of goats, chickens, cats, a dog, and a draft horse. They work their land to produce maple syrup, firewood, hay, and an abundance of vegetables.

Jeweler Lori Rich is one of six artists being highlighted at the Ann Coleman Gallery. Rich is a resident of Halifax. She worked for many years as a certified dental assistant for Dr. Beaudette in Wilmington, and discovered that working in the lab with various tools, torches, and materials was about the most fun you could have in a job. She later transfered some of those skills to another medium, jewelry, which has given her all the more reason to explore and create. She has refined her skills and techniques by taking courses at the Guilford Art Center and Connecticut School of Jewelry in silversmithing and jewelry design.

She specializes in rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets made out of silver, sea glass, and antique jewels. On a recent trip to Jamaica she found rare and unusual colors of sea glass such as orange, yellow, black, and gray to incorporate into her work. It takes over 20 years to create a perfectly smooth, rounded, and frosted jewel from one jagged piece of glass.

Her beautifully orchestrated heirloom pieces will want you coming back for more, especially when you find one of these rare treasures transformed by the sand and sea. Visit for more information on Rich

The Ann Coleman Gallery is a collective artists space, located at 7 North Main Street, Call for more information (802) 379-4305 or visit

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