317 Gallery is pleased to present Refuge, a new series of mixed-media works by artist and illustrator Betsy Thompson of Portland, Maine.

The collection, created over the last 18 months, is an examination of the search for compassion and humanity in our changing world.

“Where do we find refuge?” asks the artist. “How do we create sanctuary for those who are most vulnerable? How do we foster and hold onto hope for ourselves and others in the face of fear?”

The pieces, created on paper and wood panels, document the importance of cultivating and nurturing personal relationships, and the discovery of safe harbor in the sense of home, community, and the larger world.

Thompson is a self-taught, mixed-media artist with a background in education – a B.A. in Child Development and a M.Ed. in Alternative Education. For 25 years she was involved in the field of education in a variety of roles: as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, program evaluator, curriculum developer, and homeschooling parent.

She began her career as an artist and illustrator in 2007, and regularly shows in galleries throughout New England.

317 Gallery invites the public to a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The evening will include refreshments and live music from The Cliffhangers, a student group featuring Thompson’s daughter Lily.

The Gallery is located in 317 Main Community Music Center at 317 Main Street in Yarmouth. 40% of proceeds from works sold during the show will be donated to the music center to support broad access to music education.

Gallery hours are 10:00 – 2:00 pm on weekdays. Please contact the front desk at 846-9559 to schedule a visit outside these hours.