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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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Current Fiber Bulletin

Calls for Entries

GUILFORD ART CENTER in Guilford CT is looking for artists for the Guilford Craft Expo 2018. In celebration of its 61st year, the Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo 2018 will return once again to the scenic and historic Guilford Green, celebrating the arts. Expo date-July 13-15, 2018. A juried show seeking unique, high quality craft work. FMI: Guilford Art Center, 203-453-5947, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://guilfordartcenter.org/expo/craft-expo-interested-in-applying/#applyvisit, Application: zapplication.org

ART WALK LA seeks “artists of all kinds to fill our venues. We are shaking things up and expanding Art Walk LA, which will now take place on the third Friday of the months from May-December…..We’re adding three more art walks to the season and will be rolling out new venues, new maps, and new experiences. Join us!” Use this link to sign up: https://jl28.typeform.com/to/RSUejf

THE 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

Classified Ads and Free Stuff

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). Members may enter up to a 25-word description and contact information. 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.

FOR SALE. Ashford Traveler spinning wheel, double drive, double treadle, new, unassembled and in the box. Asking $400.00. Brunswick area. Please contact with questions. Ingrid Mayer /207.837.0206, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To enter your own ad, look for the heading in this list called "Submit Your Own" and fill out the form.

FREE: Unassembled large floor loom FREE to experienced weaver willing to assemble it! Handmade resembles Glimakra. Will send pix. FMI: Linda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Events

September 21
Lecture at 7 p.m.: Bookmakers JILL OSGOOD AND FRANK TUREK will each give a presentation about their work. Free and open to the public. University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM, Portland Campus.

September 28
AHEAD OF HER TIME: THE LIFE AND WORK OF NANCY HEMENWAY BARTON, opening reception, 5-7 p.m. University of New England, FMI: www.nancyhemenwaybarton.com

September 28
Opening Reception for a show of work by NORTHEAST FELTMAKERS GUILD, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; artist talk at 6 p.m. Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Crafts, MA. See “Exhibitions in this Bulletin.”

October 7-8
Brunswick Fine Craft Show, Fort Andross Mill Complex, 14 Main Street, Brunswick. sponsored by Maine Crafts Guild. Admission: $4; under 18 free. FMI: www.mainecraftsguild.com

November  4
DESIGNING WOMEN, Husson University Center for Family Business, 1 College Circle, Bangor, 9-4. FINE ART AND CRAFT SHOW AND SALE. $2 donational at the door benefits the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. This is an annual, juried show featuring over twenty local female artists displaying handcrafted pottery, fine art, jewelry, glasswork, handwoven clothing, accessories, home accents, and lotions and balms. 

November 12
SARAH HASKELL will be speaking on the subject “Community Art: From Loose Ends to Whole Cloth," about her work and her passion for community art at 3 p.m. at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, Haas Family Gallery, free. FMI: www.sarahhaskell.com

November 14
INVEST IN MAINE SUMMIT, sponsored by Maine Community Foundation. Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor. “Building the Foundation for our Future,” will be an examination of “how early childhood experiences lay the foundation for future success… and the health of Maine’s economy.” FMI: www.mainecf.org

December 1 and 2
2017 MECA Holiday Sale. MAINE COLLEGE OF ART hosts a juried showcase and Holiday Sale of unique handmade arts, crafts, and gifts at the Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.. FMI: www.meca.edu

December 14-17
CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday, 11-7; Saturday, 10-6; Sunday, 11-5. Beautiful craft show and sale with top-notch exhibitors in fiber, ceramics, jewelry, felting and more. FMI: www.societyofcrafts.org

January 21, 2018
CRAFTISM ROUNDTABLE PANEL at Fuller Craft Museum, 3 p.m.. A discussion on the role of needlework in affecting social change. Including: Jayna Zweiman, Pussyhat Project cofounder; Virginia Johnson, owner, Gather Here; Adrienne Sloane, fiber artist; Sue Bleiweiss, The Artist Circle Alliance member and Threads of Resistance organizer; with moderateor Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator, Fuller Craft. The panel is part of a larger reception, January 21, from 2-5 p.m.). FMI: www.fullercraft.org

February-mid May 2018
A FIBER EXHIBITION 
will take place at the Hutchinson Center/University of Maine in Belfast showing the work of twelve fiber artists. Contact Sandi Cirillo to learn more at 207-548-1027, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Exhibitions

“AHEAD OF HER TIME: THE LIFE AND WORK OF NANCY HEMENWAY BARTON,” September 28-December 20, 2017. Key exhibition at University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland with an art trail at several institutions: Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Joanne Waxman Library at MECA, Portland Museum of Art, Bates Olin Arts Center, Central Maine Community College, Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine Fiberarts, and Wheaton College. The show at Maine Fiberarts will open October 10-December 23, 2017. FMI: www.nancyhemenwaybarton.com

“Artists in their Studios Photo Exhibition” at MacPage, 30 Long Creek Drive, South Portland, November 9, 2017-May 4, 2018. Opening reception: November 9, 5-7 p.m.. Photographs are by Michael WilsonSponsored by Maine Crafts Association.. 

“FIBER OF OUR BEING,” exhibition of work by members of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild. Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA. Opening Reception: September 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk at 6 p.m. FMI: www.northeastfeltmakersguild.org

BOOK ARTS EXHIBITION, September 7-October 8, Glickman Family Library. FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/summer/book-arts; 207-780-5646

MAKING PAPER, MAKING MAINE, an exhibition at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, through October 28.

“THREADS IN OUR LIVES,” a four-panel display highlighting the diversity of fiber folk art in Maine. At Maine State Library, 230 State Street, Augusta through September. FMI: 207-287-5600

“CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS: BULL'S EYE QUILTS," May 13-October 22, 2017 at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. Curated by famed quilter Nancy Crow, this is a touring exhibition that originated at the Muskegon Museum of Art. The show features 25 quilts “that improvise around the Bull’s Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter.” May 21, 11-4 is “Circular Abstractions Discovery Day.” FMI: www.fullercraft.org

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.

Member News and Letters

STEPHANIE CROSSMAN is currently in an exhibition called "Wet" at the Strathmore Museum in Bethesda, Maryland running September 1- November 5. www.strathmore.org/visual-arts/exhibitions/wet

BARBARA BURNS was interviewed by TextileCurator.com. See it here: http://www.textilecurator.com/home-default/home-2-2/barbara-burns

Maine Fiberarts’ member BARBARA BURNS has won her second international art award for "Pas de Deux,” a woven tapestry which has been awarded the Heallreaf Prize. Along with a cash prize and the gift of a hand-crafted bog oak bobbin, her tapestry will be included in Heallreaf 2, a biennial exhibition for small-format tapestries in England. The exhibit will be at West Dean College in Sussex, England, April 10-22, 2017 and moves to the Brick Lane Gallery, London, England from June 28-July 2, 2017. “Pas de Deux" speaks to the duality of a dancer’s persona and to the woman within. This work also expresses the fellowship and respect that develops between dancers. See more of Burns’s work at www.burns-studio.com. See more of the tapestries in the Heallreaf 2 exhibit on the Heallreaf Facebook page. If you would like to vote for your favorite work in the show, vote online at www.weaversbazzaar.com

colorfulbobbinsCAROL JONES is learning how to spin after all these years, and came across a company that makes colorful jazzy bobbins for all brands of spinning wheels. Of course I had to get a couple of them! This is how they come packaged. The company is Akerworks, www.akerworks.com and the bobbins are just one of many other products they make. (Just in case you haven't heard of them. We don't have any connection with them.)

BARBARA BURNS, Maine Fiberarts' member and tapestry weaver/teacher, has begun a new blog to offer tools you need to promote your work in a professional manner. "I don’t presume to know all the answers, but I would like to share with you the information and resources I have been compiling along with occasional insights from my personal experiences." http://americantapestryalliance.org/blog/

Maine Fiberarts’ member JESS WROBEL writes, “The fiber group that I still host in MA is hosting a collection drive of handcraft and sewing materials and supplies to donate to the communities of two REFUGEE CAMPS IN SYRIA. If anyone in Maine would like to contribute anything, I’ll do my best to pick up donations and take them with me to MA. Thanks so much and hope all is well!” Donations are welcome any time. Items sought include: fabrics, sewing supplies, notions, yarns, knitting needles, sewing machines and more. FMI: https://www.facebook.com/events/422854148053474/

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

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News

”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.

BY HAND: Making Communities is a new magazine out of Seattle by author and creative director Andrea Hungerford, with photography by Karen DeWitz. Their Lookbook No. 2 is devoted to covering Portland and Midcoast Maine. The two women visited Maine Fiberarts during December 2016 to profile our organization for inclusion in the journal, and had been busily visiting folks from Portland to Belfast. Included in this issue are: Swan Island Co., Hannah Fettig, Clara Parkes, KnitWit Yarns, Saco River Dyehouse, Beau Chemin Preservation Farm, A Gathering of Stitches, Bristol Ivy, Twig and Horn, Madder Root, Second Change Pillow Series, and Quince & Co. The Lookbook also contains knitting projects, tipless gloves, and a recipe for Cinnamon Swirled Orange Bread. The publication is very nicely done! Order your copy through www.byhandserial.com; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

MARSHFIELD SCHOOL OF WEAVING in Vermont is the recipient of a large portion of the wooden tool collection of the former American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA. Writes Marshfield, “This incredible museum has sadly been forced to close their doors and is in the process of de-accessioning their vast collection….. [Marshfield has] been offered barn looms, spinning wheels, flax processing equipment, and more.” The Marshfield School teaches classes in spinning, weaving and dyeing. FMI: www.marshfieldschoolofweaving.com

Opportunities

RUG HOOKER JANET CONNER of Hiram, Maine is looking for photographs of hooked rugs after master paintings that represent different periods of art history. She needs photographs of “your great rugs that have been adapted or inspired by fine art and indigenous tribes design.” Work could still be made by January 1, 2019 to be included in a book she is publishing. Janet has published several very popular books and has been thinking of this project for over a decade. Get your work included! FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 207-625-3325

BOOK ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2017, October 1-28 at Maine Media Workshops and College in Rockport. “The residency is open to emerging and practicing book artists, letterpress printers, and photographers combining word and image.” Deadline to apply is May 15, 2017. FMI: www.mainemedia.edu

fall2017MSAD 52 ADULT & COMMUNITY EDUCATION, 486 Turner Center Road, Turner, Maine 04282 is looking for new classes and instructors for their Winter/Spring 2018 Adult Education program to offer a course. Instructors are paid $20 per hour. Deadline is December 1, 2017.  FMI: Kelly Cabral, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 207-225-1010 (ext. 2120) with questions and to fill out a form, www.msad52.maineadulted.org

The ELLIS-BEAUREGARD FOUNDATION offers a $25,000 fellowship award for a Maine artist working in the visual arts. Founders John David Ellis and Joan Beauregard have created a foundation to support the work of individual artists. The foundation is accepting fellowship applications via submittable.com through December 1, 2017 and intends to announce the award by the end of the year. The Fellowship will be accompanied by a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. Applications will be juried by a panel of experts from outside of Maine. FMI: www.ellis-beauregardfoundation.org

HARLOW GALERY seeks Workshop Proposals for its Second Sunday program. Visual artists, craftspeople and writers are encouraged to propose a workshop.  FMI: www.harlowgallery.org 

JOSEPH A. FIORE ART CENTER located in Jefferson, Maine offers art residencies, open studio days, exhibitions and retreats for artists on a rolling farm setting. The Center is "available for rent, in its entirety or by the room, to groups or individuals whose reason for wanting to stay at the Center aligns with our mission." The Center is part of Maine Farmland Trust. FMI: 207-338-6575; www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

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.

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION and MAINE ARTS COMMISSION have partnered to bring the CRAFT APPRENTICE PROGRAM. Application deadline is December 8 which includes a seven month in-studio learning experience. Selected pairs (apprentice and mentor) are provided with honorariums and are required to complete approximately 100 hours of one-on-one training. Maine Fiberarts encourages fiber artists and fiber craftspeople to apply for this unique opportunity to study with a Maine master. Results from the 2017 Program are on view throughout October at the Calen Johnson Studio, 110 Exchange Street, 2nd Floor, Portland Maine. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

FARMER GRANT APPLICATIONS by Northeast SARE are due by December 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Farmer grants are for farm business owners and managers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. Projects should seek results other farmers can use and must have the potential to add to our region's knowledge about effective sustainable practices. Awards are capped at $15,000 and projects may address the wide range of issues that affect farming throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Applicants must work with a technical advisor who serves in a consulting capacity. FMI: nesare.org/FarmerGrant

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.

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.

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Fill in the form below to simplify sending us your news, event, announcement or ad for our Statewide Fiber Bulletin. Please check our bulletin for other items that have been published so you will have an idea of the length and the format. Keep it brief, 25 words. Make sure emails and websites are correct and functioning before you put them in. We will delete items once they have happened, we do not keep an archive of events. Ads will run for 3 months and are free for members.

Your Bulletin Item or Ad

Our Fiber Bulletin is not the same thing as our Fiber Resource Guide/Tour Map. If what you are announcing is a consistent or recurring event, an organization, a service or a studio that has an address that you would like to add to our digital tour, there is a link to enter your information on our map, here.

Thank You

To the BELVEDERE FUND FOR EXCELLENCE IN HANDCRAFTS, a program of the Maine Community Foundation for a grant that will update Maine Fiberarts’ technology systems and our ability to present works of art and craft.To the many supporters who have generously given Maine Fiberarts support during 2017, along with our renewing members, who are helping us meet our special donor’s pledge of $12,500 this year if we can match it. We are just about there! Thank you so much.

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DAVIS FAMILY FOUNDATION for support of our exhibition of “Threads of History: Exploring Maine's Textile Past,” taking place May-August 2017.

MAINE HUMANITIES COUNCIL for an award of a Major Grant in support of our "Threads of History" show this Spring-Summer 2017. The grant supports programming at Maine Fiberarts, three scholars, one tour, and two lectures. Candace Kanes will offer a guided tour along Maine Street, Brunswick pointing out the former fiber businesses of yore: haberdasheries, dressmakers, milliners, and corsetiere shops. Historian Scott Hansen will provide a tour through Cabot Mill and a talk about Brunswick mill history. And Jacqueline Field is offering a talk on Maine's silk industry. See "Current Exhibition" for dates and locations.

MAINE OFFICE OF TOURISM and MAINE ARTS COMMISSION for support of our Fiber Arts Mini Tour: Midcoast Maine which is now in use during Summer of 2017 and into 2018 for self-guided tours.

ALFRED M. SENTER FUND for support to include greater Brunswick area libraries, galleries and nonprofits in our “Threads of History: A Contemporary Take” exhibition at Maine Fiberarts through September 1, 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 2016-17 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

Workshops and Classes

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART offers classes for Winter and Spring 2008: “Paper Sculpture: Spring Flowers,” Sarah Yakawonis; “Paper and Stitch,” Crystal Cawley; “Intermediate Sewing Course: Altering the Basic A-Line Skirt,” Ashley Wernher-Collins; “Experiments with Textile Printing,” Rose Allard; “Sampler: Paper, Fiber, Print and Stitch,” Crystal Cawley; “Radio Storytelling,” Peter Lang-Stanton; “Fashion Sewing,” Cheslye Ventimiglia; “Hats,” Betsy Scheintaub; “Sewing for Creatives,” Rose Allard. Also, classes in graphic design, painting, drawing, creative practice, documentary studies, photography, and jewelry. FMI: www.meca.edu

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION offers a workshop on “Photographing for Craft Artists,” at Running with Scissors in Portland on November 30, from 10-2 led by Andrew Davis, Portside Creative, and antiques and fine art photographer based in Freeport. Fee: $55. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MCA 2018 Haystack Workshop Weekend will be held May 10-13 in Deer Isle, Maine. Registration opened November 1. Classes include: “Study Model-Making for Craftspeople,” with Christopher Campbell; “Plexi Drypoints/Lauan Woodcuts,” Anna Hepler; “Exploring the Basics of Metal Clay Jewelry Fabrication,” Nisa Smiley; “Expressive Surface Design Techniques,” Jonathan Me3ss; “Designing and Construction a Bank Saw Box,” Joe Lendway; “Windvanes and Ironwork for your Garden,” Doug Wilson; and “Exploring Landscape Through Machine Knitting,” Anne Emlein. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

WATERFALL ARTS, 256 High Street, Belfast offers a workshop in “Intro to Monoprinting,” with Tara Law November 7-28 on Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and “Paste Paper and Book Making” with Abbie Read on December 16. FMI: www.waterfallarts.org

MERRYMEETING ADULT EDUCATION has Fall 2017 classes in drawing, botanical drawing, figure notation, comic book illustration, pressed cotton paper ornaments, pierced lampshades, crocheting a basket, needle felted animals, canvas floor cloths and more. FMI: www.merrymeeting.org; 207-729-7323

CATHERINE WORTHINGTON is currently running classes according to students’ interest and availability. Choose from “Textile Paint Workshops,” “Print and Sew Zippy Bags,” and “Paint and Collage.” See her website for more info. FMI: www.catherineworthingtonart.com

JILL VENDITUOLI of Sunnyfield Studio Needlework Design in West Newfield, Maine is offering design classes, throughout 2017-18. Class 1: “Abstract Design,” September 9, requires no art training. You will use the Continental stitch and your own palette in an instructional setting.  Class 2: “Color,” October 14, focuses on the selection and use of color in a Vortex design.  Class 3: “Advanced Design,” April 2018, (date TBD), will focus on developing stitching skills and learning to incorporate form and mixed media techniques. Class 4: “Advanced Stitches,” in May 2018 (TBD), will allow students to expand their knowledge of stitches and create a design using 4-8 stitch patterns of the student’s own choosing. Class is limited to eight students. FMI: Jill Vendituoli; jillavendituoli.com; 207-793-2504.

KNITWIT YARN SHOP,  247 Congress Street in Portland offers classes: "Two Color Brioche Cowl," November 11 with Leanne Walker and Karen Schilling; "Crochet a Bowl," December 2 with Kristin Irgens; "Demystify the Magic Loop," December 9, Karen Schilling; and a book signing event with Bristol Ivy on November 18 from 1-3 p.m. for her new book KNITTING OUTSIDE THE BOX! 

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART Continuing Studies, Fall Term offers: "Exploring Mixed Media Sculpture," with Kate Katomski; "Street Photography," Liz Bieber; "Felted Vessels," Casey Ryder and others. FMI: www.meca.edu/cs; 207-699-5061.

MORGAN ART OF PAPERMAKING CONSERVATORY AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION offers Summer Workshops 2017 in: book arts, bookbinding, printmaking, letterpress, papermaking and mixed media. Also, classes in encaustic, natural dyeing, Suminagashi marbling, Celtic weave binding, upscaling for papermaking, embedding in handmade papers, printed books, woodblocks, miniature bookbinding, cake box books, concertinas with slipcase, paste papers and many more. Send for their extensive catalog: 1754 East 47th Street, Cleveland, OH  44103; 216-361-9255; www.morganconservatory.org

NEW VENTURES free entrepreneurship training in: Building Confidence, Career Planning, My Money Works, Pursuing Your Passion; Work for Yourself at 50+, Your Next Career Move, Business Basics, Tax Prep for the Self-Employed. FMI: www.newventuresmaine.org 

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS offers textile classes in their Fall 2017/Spring 2018 session: in Textiles: "Untangled: Weaving on Floor Looms," Kim Mirus; Printmaking: "Draw, Expose, Print, Fold," Sarah McDermott; Textiles: "From Shoes to Boots: Footwear 101," Amara Hark-Weber; "Books in a Box," Radha Pandey; "Indigi Shibori," Jane Callender. Also, classes in wood, photography, letterpress, metals, glass, iron, clay, drawing, painting, and book arts. FMI: www.penland.org

SUSAN MILLS offers felt making workshops at her studio in Bowdoin in felting and mixed media: November 12, December 9 and December 10. FMI: www.susanmillsstudio.com. To see photos of a visit to her studio, see: www.mainefiberfolio.com 

TINKUY 2017, A GATHERING OF THE TEXTILE ARTS, Cusco, Peru, November 8-11, 2017. An international gathering of indigenous textile artists, enthusiasts, historians, anthropologists and others to celebrate Peruvian textiles. Hands-on workshops, demonstrations, keynote speakers, lecturers, a "festive parade of weavers," cultural performances, spinning competitions, a movie night, and a fashion show. "Cusco, Peru, is the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, the historic capital of Peru, and a World Heritage site... A blending of ancient Inca stonework and Colonial architecture, important cultural museums, and a vibrant artisan culture make this a compelling destination for visitors. Tinkuy events will be held in the Cusco Convention Center in the heart of the old city." FMI: www.andeantextilearts.org/tinkuy2017

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