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The Bodhi Tree Craft Gallery in Sharon, Conn.

The rural town of Sharon, Conn. is having a renaissance. This weekend is the grand opening of The Bodhi Tree, a new craft gallery featuring the work of local artisans. The Sharon Farm Market is also slated to open mid-month in the same plaza. Co-owners Lyn Bouteneff and Ellen Eschbach see the gallery as a gathering place for people interested in the arts. They hope to eventually hold classes on the second floor of the post-and-beam shop.

On Friday, June 4th, there will be a "Meet the Artists" reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5th join the artists as they demonstrate pottery throwing, glass blowing, photography demos and more. Thereafter, a reception will be held for the artist of the month every first Thursday. Check the store's Facebook page for up to date information about events.

"The Bodhi Tree is an environment where people can purchase handcrafted items unique to this area, says Lyn Bouteneff of Litchfield, who makes Carriage House Soaps. "We hope eventually people will come here and create their own works of art." Co-owner Ellen Eschbach of Falls Village is a jewelry designer and potter at Golden Bea Studio. The shop features pottery, blown glass, painting, handmade clocks, purses, clothing and more, in a range of prices.

The Bodhi Tree. 6 Gay Street Sharon, Conn. 860-364-5642.

Hours: Weds and Thursdays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Fridays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sundays 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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