Gallery 3 opening this month with work of seven artists

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MANCHESTER — Studio 3, a new art gallery in the "Crystal Palace" building on Depot Street in Manchester, will hold its opening reception on Saturday, July 28 with refreshments and entertainment.

Studio 3 is located next to Ann Taylor in the back-parking area of the Crystal Palace building which also houses Michael Kors and other retailers. The gallery will be open every weekend through October 31.

The gallery has grown to include the work of seven artists:

Rebecca Raymond, art teacher and watercolorist, developed a love for this medium after many years of training as a visual artist. The versatility and spontaneity of the watercolor medium are reflective of her artistic style and character. "Creating in watercolor is like a controlled accident," she said in a news release."You never really know how the pigments are going to react to water on paper. One must be flexible and learn to work with whatever happens. Working through these perplexities is what makes watercolors the most exciting medium."

Ken Ahlering paints captivating scenes of the seasons of Vermont in oils. From his studio in South Londonderry, his work goes out to the local community and beyond. He has had many adventures in his art career, for example appearing with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and painting along to the classical music of Dvorak and being an artist representative of the U.S. State Department in its Art in Embassies program. Recently, Ken was the featured artist at the Southern Vermont Arts Center Artist In Residence program.

Evelyn "Evie" Towsley is a true Vermonter who paints what she truly loves: landscapes and farms. She captures the hard-working farmers and trappers who made our Vermont a place to be proud of, and the state's wonderful beauty, past and present.

Ruth Frost is a self-taught artist who was encouraged by Roy Egg and Janine Thomas. Her love of the outdoors and the countryside gives rises to her colorful scenic landscapes and still life's Ruth's artistic creations have been exhibited in numerous galleries and libraries throughout Vermont.

Lauryn Axelrod is a woodfire ceramic artist based in West Pawlet. Her award-winning work has been seen in numerous juried shows and is collected world-wide. Axelrod studied with Japanese ceramic artist Shiro Otani and American ceramicists Jack Troy, Nick Schwartz, and Jeff Shapiro. Her work has been featured in numerous national and international juried exhibitions.

Elinor Katz creates "Picque Assiette" mosaic artwork. "Picque Assiette" is creating mosaic designs with pieces of broken china, glass and other odds and ends cemented to vintage furniture. Shards of stained glass are combined with smashed ceramic plates and vitreous tiles to form beautiful mosaics.

Matthew Lerman is a photographer with a strong and focused mission: to teach the viewer, through his or her visual sense, to see the myriad of intricate connections within the biosphere, and thus to love and protect the natural wonders of our land. An author and former professor of biology, marine ecology, and oceanography, he has now turned full-time photographer. He has dedicated his life to exploring nature and helping others see the beauty and splendor surrounding us.

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