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Maine Fiberarts is a statewide nonprofit membership organization formed in 2000. We welcome members who love and support fiber art and farms and the producers, makers and consumers who keep this wonderful and useful industry alive and prospering in Maine.

Our programs are designed to foster this special work in basketry, beadwork, clothing design, crochet, embroidery, felting, knitting, lacework, needlework, paper, quilting, rugs, sewing, spinning, surface design, and weaving.

Our goals are to create greater opportunities for artists to exhibit work, to apprentice, to mentor, to teach crafts to children, to find school residencies, to sell fleeces and fiber products, to find guilds and study groups, to learn about events, and to become better connected.

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Events

January 10-12
MAINE AGRICULTURAL TRADES SHOW, Augusta Civic Center. Vendors throughout the main building and programs, speakers, meetings in other rooms.

January 15
MAINE ARTS COMMISSION offers Professional Development Workshop at the Harlow Gallery, 2-3 p.m. Harlow members free; nonmembers, $5. Kerstin Gilg will speak about MAC programs and their support of artists in a forty-minute presentation followed by questions and answers.

January 25
MID-COAST ALTERED COUTURE CONTEST 2017. Information and sign-up night at Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, Brunswick, 4-8 p.m. This is the 7th annual contest and the theme is “Masquerade Couture: the Reception of Deception.” Contest will be held May 13, 2017. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February 24-26
SPA KNIT AND SPIN, a relaxing fiber-filled weekend held in Freeport. Vendors are open on the following hours: Friday, Feb. 24, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 25, 9-4; and Sunday, Feb. 26, 9-11. Also, Fashion Show and community spinning, knitting, embroidery, crochet, etc. FMI: google Spa Knit and Spin, New England Textile Association (NETA).

March 14-15
GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM, Augusta Civic Center. Breakout sessions, keynote speakers and awards. FMI: www.mainetourismconference.com

button showApril 8
MAINE STATE BUTTON SOCIETY, Annual Show and Sale, 9-2. St. Louis Alumni, Route 1, 649 Elm Street, Biddeford, 04005. Amazing collections of new, historical, antique, and collector buttons on display and for sale. Well worth the trip! FMI: 207-727-3078

April 9
BOOK ARTS BAZAAR, A festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers and all things related to the book. Vendors, displays, workshops and a great variety of book-related exhibitors. Hours: 10-3, free and open to the public. Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland Campus. 

April 21-23
CraftBoston Spring at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts; and/or CraftBoston Holiday, December 15 - 17, 2017 at The Hynes Convention Center. FMI: www.CraftBoston.org

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MCA WEEKEND WORKSHOP at Haystack. Topics include: “Fiber Arts: Creating a Painted Quilt Top” with Elizabeth Busch; “Ceramics: Sgraffito on Porcelain Bird Sculptures,” with Tim Christensen; “Artist’s Books: Interlocking and Pop-Up Books,” with Rebecca Goodale. Other workshops are now full but are accepting candidates for a wait-list. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

June 3
SECONDS AND SUPPLIES SHOW at Running With Scissors in Portland, 9-4, in collaboration with Maine Crafts Association. A sale of studio equipment, supplies and “seconds.” Contact: www.mainecrafts.org to sign up for a table.

 

Exhibitions

“BOOKBINDING AND THE PURSUIT OF THE HUMAN TOUCH: The Work of Gray Parrot,” UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library through April 30, 2017. Lecture presented by Richard Ovenden, University of Oxford, England, April 5, 7 p.m. entitled “Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin, and the Gehenna Press.” FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM opens “Uncommon Exposures: Photography in Craft Based Media,” through January 22. The exhibition showcases how seemingly opposing practices—craft and photography—are brought together by artists through clay, fiber, jewelry, and other traditional craft-based media.

Exhibitions-MuseumsofArtsandDesign-CrochetMUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, New York City, hosts “Crochet Coral Reef: Toxic Seas” by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute for Figuring through January 22. The exhibit celebrates the tenth anniversary of the “Crochet Coral Reef,” an ongoing project. Read more at this link: http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/crochet-coral-reef-toxic-seas

“COVERING THE NATION: The Art of The Bates Bedspread”  bringing together a “remarkable array of never before exhibited examples of the world famous Bates Bedspreads” from the Museum’s collection, with examples of tufting, damask, matelasse, colonial and screen printing, design, actual jacquard loom, carding and spinning machines. Organized thematically in designs ranging from classical, historical, child/youth oriented, popular culture and abstract screen prints often reminiscent of expressionist canvases. A history created by teams of highly accomplished Bates & Co. artists and designers from 1860 through the 30’s and 40’s until 2000. On view at Museum L-A, 33 Canal Street, (Off Chestnut) in Lewiston, Maine through April 30. Open T/Th 12-4 and by appointment ($5). The museum welcomes group or individual visitors. FMI: Jennifer A. Cartmell, Museum L-A Director of Community Relations, 207-333-3881, 207-653-3857 cell. Download a detailed press release here.

Calls for Entries

Art LoftTHE ART LOFT, a nonprofit arts center in Rockland seeks artists interested in teaching classes. Competitive hourly rates, display space in the gallery, and free drop-in art classes. FMI: www.artloftrockland.org

Opportunities

AE-marketing-graphicMSAD 52 ADULT & COMMUNITY EDUCATION, 486 Turner Center Road, Turner, Maine 04282 is looking for new classes and instructors for their adult education program to offer a course. Instructors are paid $20 per hour. FMI: 207-225-1010 (ext. 2120) with questions, www.msad52.maineadulted.org

CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION invites all artists living and working in New England to join this 72-year-old arts nonprofit. Benefits include participation in juried, non-juried, and online exhibits; discounts on workshops, framing services, and artwork purchases; members-only networking events; and promotion on our blog, website, and social media networks. CAA presents roughly 25 gallery exhibits and an additional 20 exhibits in satellite spaces, and creates opportunities for local and regional contemporary artists to engage with gallery owners, curators, collectors, and each other through networking events, portfolios reviews, and other professional development programs. FMI: www.cambridgeart.org

COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR is accepting application for the 41st Fair. FMI: 207-568-4142; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HALCYON YARN: Help wanted. Halcyon Yarn is hiring experienced fiber artists who enjoy working with the public. Weaving experience a plus, cheerful attitude a must! Full or part-time retail positions in Bath, Maine. Please email Gretchen Jaeger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details or to apply. Application accepted 9/3/2016-10/1/2016

HARLOW GALERY seeks Workshop Proposals for its Second Sunday program. Visual artists, craftspeople and writers are encouraged to propose a workshop. Classes this January-June 2017 include: “Artful Postcards,” “Wire Sculpture,” “Collage,” “Pinhole Photography,” “Extraordinary Embroidery,” and “Watercolor.” FMI: www.harlowgallery.org

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS offers employment opportunities for May-August 2017: Summer Assistants who are given compensation, meals and housing and Kitchen Staff who are given compensation and meals. Deadline: January 31, 2017. FMI: www.haystackmtn.org

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER application deadline for 2018 residencies is April 1, 2017. Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center’s Arts/Industry 2018 program, which takes place at Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis. FMI: http://www.jmkac.org/explore-discover/arts-industry-programThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3934

LOOKING FOR ARTISTS TO PRESENT WORKSHOPS, demonstrations or lectures to small groups of "Gifted and Talented" students. The Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Teacher RSU#12 Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit in Somerville, Maine, announces that they have a fully functioning Visual and Performing Arts element as part of the gifted and talented program via the Maine Department of Education's state mandate. Right now they are looking for local Maine artists and craftspeople to give a short workshop (demonstration and lecture) about their work to very small groups of GIFTED YOUNG VISUAL ARTISTS (age 9-14) at the Chelsea and/or Windsor Elementary Schools. FMI: https://sites.google.com/a/svrsu.org/gifted-and-talented/, 207-549-3261, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Argy Nestor of the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION seeks art making materials and supplies that are no longer needed since she works with many art teachers in Maine and in other countries. Email her and she’ll be glad to make arrangements for pick up. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW 2017, deadline to apply January 30. Sponsored by Maine Crafts Association the third annual show takes place on Congress Street in Portland. The show is free and open to the public and craftspeople must apply through MCA. FMI: http://mainecrafts.org/programs/portland-fine-craft-show/

SECONDS AND SUPPLIES SALE taking place in Portland has a deadline for application of February 15. This will be an outdoor show at Running with Scissors in Portland for a chance to sell studio supplies, materials and equipment as well as seconds. Vendors accepted on a first come first served basis for “flea market” style 8x4 tables or 10x10 tents. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org 

SKIDOMPHA LIBRARY in Damariscotta has a small gallery, The Carey Gallery, and artists are welcome to hang work there for one month. FMI: Pam Gormley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting research for a 2017 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE to provide a a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every U.S. state and county. Contact https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/ to have your information included. The Census defines a “farm” to be an operation that sold or normally would have sold $1,000 or more of agricultural products in a year.

Member News and Letters

SUSAN MILLS has a new website: www.susanmillsstudio.com with lots of photos of her work, studio and surroundings. Check out “Gatherings” and “Schedule” to see the latest in her felting workshops and spirit gatherings.

JILL VENDITUOLI has had two sales AND both her pieces "Branching Out" & "Taking Flight" have been shortlisted for the fall edition of a nature art/writing publication called Nature Inspired.

Member JANET CONNER, Hiram Maine, announces the release of her book, “Rug Hooking Traditions with The Hutchinsons," co-authored with Kathy Wright. Over a decade of research has revealed hundreds of hooked rug designs from a talented and prolific couple who worked during the first third of the 20th century in Brooklyn. Their rug designs feature sailors, firemen, loving couples, animals and characters of all kinds, with ironic inscriptions and innovative design. With sections on auction records, provenance, and making your own, this is an addition to any hooker or rug collector’s bookshelf. For signed copies, contact Janet Conner, www.jconnerhookedrugs.com

Maine Fiberarts’ members David Lima and Richard Muto of Rhode Island wrote to say they would love to come to Maine to teach workshops. Three they suggest are: “The Perfect Rolag and the English Long Draw,” “Lace-Weight Spinning to Cobweb-Weight Spinning,” and “Understanding the Basics of Spinning.” Contact them at: 401-944-4809 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We like your letters. and your news. Keep them coming.

Classified Ads

FreeformThis listing is for art, craft, farm and/or fiber-related items, equipment, supplies, tools, etc. Ads will run for three months after which they will disappear. They are free for Members of Maine Fiberarts at the Professional Level ($60.00/year). Users may enter up to a 25-word description and contact information. Here is the link to enter your ad.

For more information, for listing items you wish to give away for free, or to have Maine Fiberarts enter your ad for you, please contact us.

Workshops and Classes

tapestry weaving samplesTAPESTRY: BEGINNING AND BEYOND. A three-day workshop at Halcyon Yarn, taught by Barbara Burns.  Learn the fundamentals of tapestry weaving by being guided step-by-step through various techniques while exploring creative possibilities. January 20-22. FMI: www.halcyonyarn.com; 800-341-0281

KNITWIT YARN SHOP hosts classes during January and February: "Learn to Knit" and "Learn to Purl," with Kristin Irgens; "Northman Mittens Class," Judy Warde; and "Two-Color Brioche in the Round Cowl," with Leanne Walker. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WRINKLE IN THYME FARM hosts workshops in January and February on felting, spinning, knitting, "Portrait of Ewe," and "Book Slippers." Spring Yarn & Yoga Retreat, March 3-5, with yoga, fiber arts, and home-cooked meals and lodging. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MCA WEEKEND WORKSHOP 2017 takes place May 11-14, 2017 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. This year’s workshops include: Elizabeth Busch, “Creating a Painted Quilt Top;” Tim Christensen, “Sgraffito on Porcelain Bird Sculptures;” Rebecca Goodale, “Interlocking and Pop-up Books;” Kate Mess, “Enamel Immersion;” Scott Minzy, “Brayers, Barens and Blocks—an adventure in printmaking;” Jason Morrissey and Nick Rossi, “Function and Form in Damascus Steel;” and Jacques Vesery, “Wood: Spoons and Such; Carve it, Paint it, Gild it.” Early Bird Discount before January 31. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

TAPESTRY WEAVING. Ongoing sessions. Thursdays beginning February 2, 2017. Work alongside others as you explore tapestry weaving and discover the incredible range of creative expression this medium offers. The class is guided by Barbara Burns. FMI: www.halcyonyarn.com; 800-341-0282

Resources

Freeform3MAINE FIBER RESOURCE GUIDE has become Maine Fiberarts Tour. This online version takes the place of our printed Tour Maps, and is THE place we direct visitors to. Listings are FREE so please fill out the online form, or call Maine Fiberarts and we will assist you: 207-721-0678.

FIBER FOLIO folio.mainefiberarts.org is our photo-illustrated tour to fiber, art, craft and farms across Maine and beyond. Always new profiles and changing content, profusely-illustrated with colorful photography. A living tour. Check it out!

If you have a Bulletin item to contribute to this Fiber Bulletin here, you can enter it yourself using this form.

Maine Fiberarts has a CLASSIFIED ADS section. Ads are FREE for Members ($60/year or higher) and run for three months. Enter your fiber-related item or help-wanted request in the form at the bottom of every page. It is the same form you would use to add an event or bulletin listing.

News

Freeform2”FIBER ART MASTERS: A Visual Tour to Maine Artists’ Studios and Work,” is a new booklet published by Maine Fiberarts profiling the work of twenty Maine master fiber artists ($23 plus tax and shipping through Maine Fiberarts). Meanwhile, you can take a look at the preview here. Printing is disabled, but you may download it to view it later. It is about 7 MB. You will need Adobe Reader (or Acrobat), and if you right click on this lin and download it to your computer, you will be able to view it full screen if you choose. When you are done, you can get things back to normal by pressing the ESCape key. Copies also for sale at Gulf of Maine books in Brunswick, Markings Gallery in Bath, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

REPAIR TECHNICIANS for looms, spinning wheels and fiber equipment are needed. Carol Fritz needs someone to repair a 36-inch Nilus LeClerk loom and Maine Fiberarts needs to know who the repairmen are that we can refer. Add your free listing to our online Tour Map/Resource Guide at www.mainefiberarts.org

In collaboration with national craft schools, HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS has created a new podcast series called “Make/Time.” According to Haystack, “Hosted by Stuart Kestenbaum, the series explores fine craft, inspiration, and the creative process through interviews with established craft artists from across the field. The podcast is geared toward anyone interested in the people or behind-the-scenes perspectives of makers. Episodes are approximately 20 minutes long and can be found at craftschools.us and through iTunes.”

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART received a $300,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to support four of its craft programs: ceramics, metalsmithing and jewelry, textile and fashion design, and woodworking and furniture design. Tools, equipment, visiting artists, and alumni professional development will be amplified. FMI: www.meca.edu

Meet-Ups

SPINDLEWORKS FIBER CIRCLE. Spindleworks artists invite community members to join them while they work on fiber projects. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. 7 Lincoln Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. All welcome! FMI: www.spindleworks.org, Julianne Carle, 207-725-8820.

BEE ON THE FARM—a gathering of knitters, quilters, hookers, and other hand-workers of all sorts and skill levels—meets once per month in Newcastle in the bucolic setting of Dandelion Spring and Straw Farm, 30 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.; email Jess for 2017 dates. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CRAFT MEETUP at CURTIS MEMORIAL LIBRARY, Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Seminar Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, free. FMI: www.curtislibrary.com

Jill-Snyder-Wallace-EmbroideryEMBROIDERY GROUP, SKIDOMPHA LIBRARY, Barbicon Room, 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, free. FMI: www.skidompha.org

FIBER FRIDAY meets at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham on the first Friday of each month, 10-noon. Bring handwork and show-and-tell. All welcome! FMI: 207-721-0678

FREEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts a group of rug hookers meet every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

KNITCHAT! South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, Fridays at 10 a.m. Free. FMI: www.southpoprtlandlibrary.com

KNIT NITE every Thursday night, 6 p.m., at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street in Bangor. Area knitters are invited to share the joys of knitting and their favorite patterns, while informally passing on knitting advice and skills. Newcomers welcome. Stop at the front desk and ask where the knitters are gathering. FMI: 207-947-8336

MAINELY WEAVERS STUDY GROUP meets the first Wednesday of each month at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Route 88 in Falmouth, 10-2. All levels of weavers are welcome. FMI: Jane Flanagan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mainelyweavers/info

Freeform4MIDCOAST RUG HOOKERS meets the second Friday of each month, 10-1 or -2 at the Wiscasset Community Center. Bring lunch and friends. FMI: 207-633-7518; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PORTFIBER hosts PortWeavers every Tuesday, from noon-5 p.m. (bring your loom and project) and PortSpinners, Thursday afternoons from noon to 5 p.m. 50 Cove Street, Portland 04101, (207) 780-1345. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.portfiber.com

PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Avenue, Portland hosts a free Adult Knitting Groups on Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring your knitting project and chat!

SALT BAY TREADLERS meets the first Wednesday evening of each month starting around 5:30 p.m. at the Damariscotta River Association's sanctuary. Bring a potluck dish to share and your handwork—not necessarily spinning. 

TOPSHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts Sip & Stitch for knitting and crochet, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. 25 Foreside Road, Topsham; 207-725-1727

MEMBERS, your regular Meet-Up could be posted here.

Thank You

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DAVIS FAMILY FOUNDATION for support of our exhibition of “Maine Textile Mills and History,” scheduled for Spring 2017. 

MAINE OFFICE OF TOURISM and MAINE ARTS COMMISSION for support of our Midcoast Fiber Arts Mini Tour which will be launched and distributed throughout 2017.

ALFRED M. SENTER FUND for support to include greater Brunswick area libraries, galleries and nonprofits in our “Maine Textile Mill” exhibition during 2017. 

Thank you to the following special donors who continue to support our exhibitions and programming: Verrill Dana, Ann Kaplan, Maine Humanities Council, Maine Arts Commission, Katharine Watson, Judith Connorton, Carolyn Murray, Bangor Savings Bank, Mary Lou Steptoe, Arlene Morris, Dr. Steven Stern, Mr. and Mrs. John Schaperkotter, William and Judith Winship, David and Margo Knight, Katharine Watson, Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Sue Perless, and Carolyn Wollen. Many people working together to bring beautiful shows of fiber work to our gallery!

Thank you to The Betterment Fund, Maine Arts Commission, Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust, Morton-Kelly Charitable Fund, Maine Office of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts for support during 2016 to continue our programs, and especially our online Maine Fiberarts Tour. Artists and fiber producers: get yourself listed on our map at www.mainefiberartstour.com

Address

Maine Fiberarts
Gallery
and 
The Red Studio

13 Main Street
Topsham, ME 04086

207-721-0678

Gallery Hours

Always Open for Fiber Fridays,
First Friday of the Month
10-Noon

December 18, 2016 through January 31, 2017:
No regular hours.
Open by appointment or chance.

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    Maine Fiberarts

    Gallery and The Red Studio
    13 Main Street
    Topsham, ME 04086
    207-721-0678

    Gallery Hours
    Open by chance or appointment from
    December 18 2016 – January 31, 2017

     

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