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Ceramica Says Goodbye to Chester in January

In Chester Business on January 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm

We will so miss Ceramica!



Here’s a letter from our Ceramica friends:

As Ceramica prepares to close its doors in the near future, we wanted to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank You!’ to all our dear clients who have shopped with us over the years. It’s been such a pleasure to serve you and to get to know you and your families. We’ve seen many of you marry, change jobs, start families, send your children off to college…and have seen some of them set up households, marry…and even have children of their own. We’re so thankful to have had you all as a part of our Ceramica family!

Thanks to a rather busy final holiday season, we find ourselves fairly bereft of Italian ceramic pieces while we do still have a modest collection of our ‘vintage’ pieces on hand.

Beginning Saturday, January 7, 2017, we plan to discount everything in the shop (except the LeWitt Collection pieces) by 20%. Our absolute final closing day has not been decided but we will announce it once it is.

We do hope that, if you haven’t yet had the chance, you will please stop in for one last peek and to say ‘Good-bye!’ Although we are excitedly looking forward to what life has to show us next, we will surely miss all of you.

Best wishes from

Carol, Margaret, Michele, Nancy and Beverly

Dina Varano Celebrates 25 Years in Business

In Chester Business, History, Shopping on October 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

The current exhibition at Dina Varano Gallery celebrates Dina’s 25th year in business.  A source of extraordinary inspiration, this collection is a “must-see” for both aspiring artists/entrepreneurs and fans of art and jewelry  alike.

The show’s opening was a festive celebration and most attendees were adorned in their favorite Dina Varano jewelry from across the past two and a half decades. A book is in production to accompany the show, featuring customers and collectors’ favorite pieces along with stories and memories of how each piece was received.  There was an in-house photographer to capture the opening evening’s essence and to record additional images for the book. The gallery is accepting submissions in the year to come, in hopes to publish by the close of this 25th year.dina spine back piece with tahitian pearl

In addition to Dina’s jewelry, photos and articles are on display, showcasing details of the path Dina has traveled, beginning with her years at RISD on to the conception of Dina Varano Gallery and following its incarnations over the years.

In among the archives on display, fans and patrons may learn little known facts about the artist. For example: Dina’s brief storefront on Main Street in Deep River (below), opened during the summer of her sophomore year at RISD. The precocious art student took over the space (and kept the shop’s apropos name “…on the Verge of Chic”).  She hosted events and thus began her local following. Dina returned to RISD that fall and the following semester traveled abroad to an Honors Study in Rome. She later returned to Italy in 1991 to study with a Master Goldsmith and took part in an invitational show in London.

dina 1989 deep river

One of the many photographs in this retrospective exhibit is from a fashion invitational show at the American Craft Museum in New York.  With its beautiful expression of movement, Dina’s Spine Necklace (shown above) was designed with the intention of being worn down the back. The Spine Necklace hangs in the gallery (above the photograph) and is crafted from sterling silver with a Tahitian pearl at its base. It measures 10.5″ long, hanging from a chain made by Dina that measures 18″ in length.

Another important photo in the exhibit is one of Pablo Picasso finishing a meal having, merely, a fishbone remaining. Dina has created many designs based on the construction of a fishbone and this photo has often served as inspiration to her. Several pieces of jewelry in the gallery are thoughtfully displayed beside their inspiration to invoke a sense of the process. Devotees have become fascinated with seeing finished, wearable pieces of jewelry that were inspired by an original form, as it is in nature. For example, a piece of birch bark, displayed next to a bracelet and ring, reflecting its form in oxidized and brushed sterling silver.

dina natural bark sterling silver cuff bracelet, oxidized silver ring

After graduating from RISD, Dina opened her studio/gallery on Main Street in Essex. During these years, in addition to designing, making and selling her jewelry and art to local clients, she began receiving interest from larger retailers like Barney’s. Also, museum shops began to feature her work. For instance, SFMOMA Museum Store highlighted her collection for its lyrical movement during an Alexander Calder exhibition.  Dina began to travel all over the country (New York, Chicago, San Francisco) with her jewelry to exhibit for retailers at trade shows. At one time, she was carrying close to 200 wholesale accounts.

In 1995, Dina Varano Gallery opened its doors in Chester and has remained a destination on charming Main Street. Dina Varano became the go-to shop for, not only, her innovative designs but for gifts, tabletop and accessories. Recent renovations in 2013 have brought a fresh, new look to the gallery in hope to “impart new vigor”. Although, still accompanied by a carefully curated selection of fashion accessories and objects for décor, the jewelry is the focus. Dina feels an important part of the process of operating a business for 25 years (and counting) is to continually add crisp ideas and creations, and sometimes that means the space, itself.

Undoubtedly, this retrospective show has been a time of reflection. And often reflection brings invaluable inspiration. So, what is next for this artist/entrepreneur? One thing is certain. The devotion to her craft and the commitment to her philosophy will continue for many, many years to come.

The current exhibit celebrating 25 years is on display at 27 Main Street in Chester until October 25th.The gallery and the collection are continuing to develop an online presence. Visit Find Dina Varano Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.

Lark Pays it Forward

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events, Market on June 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm


Lark smash aaLark at 4 Water Street is celebrating one year in business by hosting a “Summer Market Smash,” a collaborative art effort in grateful response to the village of Chester and countless customers who have made Lark’s first year so amazing. 

On Sunday, June 28,  during the Chester Sunday Market, 100s of people stopped by Lark to “leave their mark” on a paint canvas. By the end of the day there were four colorful paintings, created by all of you, which are being displayed at Lark until the end of July.

During July leave your silent auction bid at Lark for one or all of the paintings. Four Chester nonprofits – the Chester Food Pantry, the Chester Historical Society, the Chester Hose Company and the Friends of Chester Library – will benefit from the collaborative creativity. Here are two of the four paintings – check out the others at Lark!



hose company

Pay it forward with Lark! Send those bids sky high!

Lark is at 4 Water St.

Party Weekend at Maple and Main Gallery May 2, 3 and 4

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on April 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

cotnoir_Tree_with_Green_Leaves,_30x30,_oil_on_canvasTree with Green Leaves by Essex artist Rosemary Cotnoir

On Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., Maple and Main will celebrate Spring during the annual May Daze Night Stroll when all the town’s galleries, shops and restaurants stay open late offering food, drink and drawings for special gifts.

The gallery will serve wine, food and chocolates and will also offer a free gift basket brimming with art by the gallery artists: paintings, prints, drawings, cards and much more. Visitors can enter their names all weekend long to win.

Partying continues on Saturday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. when there will be a reception for well-known artist Frank Federico’s month-long, one-man show in the Back Gallery of Maple and Main.



Federico is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist from Goshen who creates in a lively and semi-abstract manner which will be reflected in his show, Scapes I: Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes.

Then, on Sunday, May 4, the gallery will serve cookies and punch all day and at 5 p.m, a bit of champagne to add some festivity to the drawing of the name of the winner of the art-filled gift basket.

And, during the entire weekend through May 25, the new Spring show of over 200 paintings and sculptures by 37 established Connecticut artists will be on view.

Maple and Main Gallery is located at One Maple St., Chester, CT 06412

Phone 860-526-6065. Please visit our new online gallery:

C&G Reopened March 21st

In Chester Business on April 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

C&Gphoto courtesy C&G

C&G have been busy getting the shop filled with lots of beautiful things for Spring.
You’ll find many of old favorites as well as some delightful surprises. If you come see them soon, you’d have your pick of several one-of-a-kind vintage jackets.

hours are, 12—5, Wednesday thru Sunday.

Sad To Say Good-bye

In Chester Business on April 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm

This past Saturday we had to say good-bye to The Local Beet and JustFood’s Juice Bar.


We wish our friends from The Local Beet well!

We will miss you!


Stay tuned in to see where Lisa, proprietress of JustFood, will land.

You can follow JustFood on facebook to see what she is up to, but for now we say farewell to her too and wish Lisa the best!

Six Main Prix Fixe March 24 -26, 2014

In Chester Business, Dining, Restaurants on March 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

Six Main Restaurant


Monday MARCH 24-Wednesday MARCH 26, 2014


3 courses for $25 (not including tax and gratuity)


Celery leaf salad with fuji apple, pickled celery hazelnuts and celery seed vinaigrette

Celeriac-potato cake with celery cream sauce, braised celery hearts and fennel-asparagus salad

Celery seed beignet with roasted cashew sauce, rum raisin ice cream and candied celery chips


celery-300x200photo by Six Main

Gallery Americana to Present Joint Show Mar. 29, 2014

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on March 24, 2014 at 7:56 am
Gallery Americana and the Wabi-Sabi Connection
More about that later…
Nurture copy“Nurture”:2012-William Vollers
Chester Americana Antiques and Gallery is now Gallery Americana • Art & Antiques. Bill Vollers long time resident of Chester has reopened his shop with more space made available for his art as well as for others. He will have an opening for the gallery and exhibit of his work, his son Matson’s most recent paintings and many new antiques, primitives and folk art, March 29, 5-8 at Gallery Americana, 45 Main St. All are welcome.
Wabi-Sabi? From Wikepedia: Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural  objects and processes….the beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and it ‘s impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs…, Why the connection? Bills most recent assemblages are linked very much to his inventory of antiques especially his appreciation of primitives and folk art . Both the assemblages and the antiques exhibit many of the characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic.
Mat-Peach Tree-Painting-1“Peach Tree”:2010-Matson Vollers
Matson who grew up in Chester and who now lives in Woodstock Vermont will be showing his most recent paintings. He describes his work as a form of contemporary primitivist style. Matson’s paintings focus on expressionist marks and arrangement of abstract text and characters in occasionally comic environments.
Refreshments will be served. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”


The Hammered Edge’s Move To Ivoryton

In Chester Business on January 2, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Hammered Edge

The Hammered Edge LLC Studio & Gallery is moving to a new, larger location at 108 Main Street, Ivoryton Village directly across from the Ivoryton Playhouse!
The Chester location will close at the end of January and the new, larger Studio & Gallery will reopen at the beginning of February (exact dates to be determined) .
There will be more room for owner/ artist Kathryne L. Wright to be even more creative, expand classes, add guest teachers and enjoy a larger gallery!

You can also visit HammeredEdgeStudio on Etsy and the website at

Chester Holiday Ornament 2013

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events, Interesting Bits on November 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

Chester CT Ornament 2013

Chester has a new pewter ornament for 2013. It was created by Peter Good, of Cummings & Good in Chester, and features his tractor seat design from the 2013 Chester Carnivale. The ornaments are being sold at stores throughout Chester Center for $15 each. Profits will benefit Chester Merchants activities such as the 2014 Chester Carnivale.