DORSET -- This Presidents' Day weekend, 3 Pears Gallery is making itself even more comfortable on Dorset's village green by expanding into the three rooms upstairs.

To announce the opening of the new space, painter Arthur Jones, lifelong Dorset resident, who continues to enjoy no small measure of fame and good fortune at age 85, will be the featured artist at a reception on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2-5 p.m.

Greg Deluca, who owns 3 Pears Gallery with his wife Judith, curates the gallery's collection of fine art (oils, watercolors, pastels), photography, and pottery. He scans the region for original, hard-to-find home decor created by local and regional artisans.

The new space will have three separate themes: one will feature children's heirloom toys, quilts, and handmade decorations.

The second room will have a sporting, outdoor theme. The third will be a working studio, where rotating artists represented by Deluca will have a place to display their art and to show how they do it.

"Cascading Stars" is a realistic painting of a worn, casually draped 48-star American flag, an earlier work from his series of flag paintings.

3 Pears Gallery is at 41 Church St. It is open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Information: (802) 770-8820.


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