Saturday, August 16, 2008

LITTLE GEMS EXHIBIT attracts Montserrat Alumni artists

Eleven Montserrat Alumni and one current student (Sarah Whitling, photo, '09) were among the thirty-five exhibitors at the Gallery this month. Our Call-for-entries parameters of small-size/affordable price brought forth a wide variety of media and topics, as well as alums from quite a span of years at Montserrat. Former students from the 1980's, 90's, and 2000's submitted their current works to the Call, and the publicity brought even more alumni out to check out the Gallery. We are ALWAYS interested in seeing what you're up to, so pass the word along to your fellow alums! In December - "heads up!" - the show will be another Call-for-entries ... and the theme is ... " Winter". No size or price restrictions; MUST be ready for hanging. You can interpret the theme as broadly or specifically as you wish. Get busy!

Our 'Micro-Mini-Mall" site at #152-R Main Street

The Gallery Della-Piana Building is also the home of SEAMS, the couture fashion and accessories boutique. Harper is the designer/creator of original fashions, from elegant evening wear, the most unique brides, tailored women's suits, and adorable separates. Her fine embroideries and beadings are part of the hallmark of her exacting touch. Visit her website at

Friday, August 15, 2008

"In The Garden" exhibit

Our Inaugural Exhibit, 'in the garden', featured Elissa's drawings and paintings, inspired by her own extensive garden in Wenham.
The Grand Opening was July 19th, and hosted a gathering of friends, family, and locals, including many area artists, interested in future Open-Calls to exhibit.
Elissa's intense drawings and focused details are rendered in her signature 'waxed' prisma pencils on Bristol paper. The medium cannot be smudged or erased...demanding that every touch be definitive. Although many viewed the work as obsessively realistic, the result of her singular focus is a virtual abstraction of reality.
Della-Piana's waxed pencil works and Gouaches are also on display and for sale in our 2nd Floor Gallery throughout the year.

About the Gallery

Located in the center of Wenham village, #152-R Main Street is on  Route 1-A...just a few miles from Exit 20A from northern Route 128, in Mass. We're part of an ultra-new 'destination' spot on the North Shore, with our neighbors, SEAMS Couture Fashions, Coast Furniture, Lakakos 'Best-of-Boston' Salon, Over-the-Rainbow, Nazir's Jewels, and the famous Wenham Tea House and Wenham Museum.


Gallery director, Elissa Della-Piana is a nationally featured artist, illustrator, and designer, and has taught at Montserrat College of Art for several decades. She has been a member of the NY Society of Illustrators since 1973.