The Space: An Artists’ Collaborative in Chester


A couple of painters, a weaver, a glassblower, and other makers have joined creative forces in Chester. You’ll find out-of-the-ordinary work by local artists and artisans in The Space on the corner of Main and Water Street (formerly home to Tonic).

Kate Hair, a Chester artist, combines her degrees in Textile Design and Plant Science to create her carefully crafted botanical scarves derived from natural dyes from plants. She collects leaves and flowers, places them directly on silk and uses a steaming process. The results are stunning and no two or alike. She also weaves runners, placemats, and coasters (custom colorways are available) on a loom located in the far end of The Space. 

Arch One Glass from Old Lyme features the work of Rob Wallace, a glassblower of more than 35 years. We are wild about his tiki torches and their perfectly formed glass vessels atop metal stands. Available in multiple shapes and sizes, they’re perfect for any home. There’s plenty of choices on display from wine toppers and glass pendants to ornaments.

Christopher Owens, the artist and craftsman behind the multitude of illuminated stars in Chester Village has recently launched a business called Chester Cottage. He builds small, custom, whimsical outbuildings for his clients. You’ll find his vibrant line of furniture at The Space. Modern, brightly colored wooden tables in various sizes that neatly unfold into chairs, plus a variety of sculptural lamps. 

The Space doesn’t end there. Chester painter, Sarah Jansen, (also the facilitator of The Space), shows her coastal work on a mix of materials from wood panels to wall cloth in the downstairs gallery. Costume designer and expert seamstress, Monique Nicole displays her apparel. Painter, Abbie Flaherty, displays a wall of her vibrant and colorful paintings and recent edition photographer Elin Dolle now exhibits her equine and ethereal landscape photographs. Take advantage of the chance to see all of this work under one roof this season.

Visit The Space’s Facebook page here.


Arch 1 Glass


Lamp and Chairs by Christopher Owens | Chester Cottage

Weavings by Kate Hair
Botanical Scarves by Kate Hair
Kate Hair’s Loom


Wall Piece by Sarah Jansen
Monique Nicole’s Designs