Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 30, 2017 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 30, 2017 and The Weekly Packet, November 30, 2017
New art gallery opens in Brooklin
by Shiloh Eaton
Humble View Studio, owned by Kate Calhoun, opened to the public on Saturday, October 23.
Nestled in the woods of Brooklin, Humble View Studio is located in Calhoun’s basement on Pooduck Road and features creative gifts and home decor, including cards and jewelry handcrafted by local artists.
Calhoun has lived in Brooklin for nine years. She lived in Maine once before for nine years while in her twenties after moving here with a friend but returned to her home state of New York to complete her degree in teaching.
Calhoun has always loved art, she said, but before opening her shop, had never pursued it as a career. “This is a wonderful place for art, and the arts are very valued here,” she said.
The first time Calhoun said she saw the ocean, she was a senior in high school on a trip to Cape Cod, and has loved the ocean ever since. This is reflected throughout the coastal theme of her shop, with items such as sun catchers made of sea glass, gift tags with sea shells tied to them, and her signature item, the Eggemoggin Reach Wreath, made of periwinkle shells. Calhoun said that each of these ornaments takes her a little over an hour to complete. She collects the shells and glass on local beaches, mainly along Eggemoggin Reach.
Calhoun paints landscape scenes from local areas, and most of her paintings are done on 2x4s from construction sites. She also paints murals and embellishes furniture. Calhoun makes custom silhouettes as well.
She enjoys making things from recycled items, she said, following the concept of wabi-sabi, a Japanese term for the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
Humble View Studio is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November 13, the studio will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Calhoun can be contacted at email@example.com and 359-5558. Visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/EggemogginReach/.