LEWISTON — What better way to celebrate a gallery opening than with a David Bowie tribute? The pioneer of all things art was chosen as the theme for Downtown Handmade and Vintage’s new gallery space opening. 

Sheri Withers, owner of the shop and organizer of The Hive collective art space, was excited to finally open the doors.

Her original storefront, just down the street, closed about a year ago “for health reasons,” she said. This new space at 277 Lisbon St. has the storefront, The Hive and a gallery space. 

“I wanted this to be a space for a lot of local artists,” Withers said.

Don’t worry. If you’re not a Bowie enthusiast, there will be a new theme each month. 

For the Bowie theme, chosen by Courtney Schlachter, a member of the The Hive, 14 local artists, from third-graders to 60-year-old painters, contributed original works of art to either be viewed or sold. 

The pieces ranged from a detailed portrait of a dressed-down Bowie to full color paintings of The Goblin King and pillows with Starman embroidery. 

Alexandra Hood, operations supervisor at Bates College’s Olin Arts Center, was excited to contribute to a local art show. 

“It was fun; I hadn’t done a portrait in a while,” Hood said. “I like to support the community as much as I can. I’m very involved in the local arts.” She said that despite going to college in New York, she wanted to return to Lewiston, to stay local.

Downtown Handmade and Vintage will be open every week, Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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