The fireplace is often the focal point of a room. In colder months, the beauty and warmth of a lit fireplace is inviting and appealing. But, when unused, or dormant for several months in summer, the hearth can look dark and unattractive. Ellen Thayer collaborates with Tim Hill of Tim Hill Fine Woodworking in Gorham, Maine to make an unused fireplace the dramatic feature of a room with Hearth Art.

Tim fashions poplar into three recessed panels and prepares the corresponding ends for brass barrel hinges to be installed later. Ellen primes, sands, and applies two coats of an oil-based paint to each panel before embellishing them with one-of-a-kind shell mosaics. Crushed shells and sand may also be incorporated, but all materials are securely and permanently cemented to the surface to ensure lasting enjoyment for generations. Ellen is pleased to offer customized shell designs for your individualized subject matter and color scheme.

While the shell mosaics provide a beautiful statement piece for a room and will complement either a classic or contemporary d├ęcor, if your decorating theme expresses more traditional art, Maine Island Treasures offers custom oil paintings within the recessed panels.

Whether in shells or oils, Hearth Art will bring beauty and warmth to your dormant fireplace in any season.