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Events

July 10
“Innovations: Contemporary Art” is an exhibition on view at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham June 10 through September 3. Reception: Sunday, July 10, 2-5 p.m. The work of 30 Maine artists showing innovations in needlepoint, tapestry, assemblage, hooking, felted work and more. See a preview of the exhibition.

July 17
OPEN FARM DAY, statewide open farms hosted by the Maine Department of Agriculture. The town of Bowdoinham has extended this day to include an Art Trail and has a guide listing 21 open studios, farms and events. Tour gardens, hoop-houses, perennials, woodworkers, potters, tiny homes, acres of flowers, and more. Maine Fiberarts’ member Debbie Spaulding will have her farm, Havenridge Farm at 727 Ridge Road, open from 9-3 with her quilts on display.

July 28-30
KNEADING CONFERENCE and the Maine Artisan Bread Far, Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. FMI: www.mainegrainalliance.com

MaineQuiltsJuly 29–31
MAINE QUILTS at Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine. 39th annual quilt conference, sponsored by Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Friday and Saturday 9-5, Sunday 10–4. Daily admission $10; multi-day $15; children 12 and under free with paid adult. "Lupines on My Mind" Challenge; "Little Quilts from Antique Inspirations" Exhibition; "Quilt as Desired," Mary Kerr, Curator; "Fenway Park Revisited," by Rosemary Bawn. Also, merchants mall, demonstrrations, silent auction, workshops and lectures, Champagne Preview, and special dinner. FMI: www.mainequilts.org

July 29-30
SACO VALLEY FIBER ARTISTS hosts SUMMER TEXTILE WORKSHOPS 2016, (their 22nd year) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Kick the Moon Studio, 969 Pequawket Trait, Route 113, West Baldwin, Maine 04091. Classes in bead weaving, folk art rug hooking, advanced rug hooking, hand-painted skeins, fabric origami, fabric-wrapped coil baskets, locker hooking, crochet, rug braiding, rigid heddle, colorful baskets, needle-felted animal portraits, mini animal portraits, Sweet Sue-the knitting sheep, silk painting, wet felted birdhouses, and Victorian mitts and boot toppers. Fees include a gourmet lunch. Full details and fees at www.sacovalleyfiberartists.com or call Janet Conner at 207-625-3325

August 27
DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART & CRAFT SHOW, Longfellow’s Greenhouse, Manchester, Maine. FMI: www.designingwomen.org 

September 16-18
WEBS Fall Knitting Retreat takes place at the Hotel UMass, Amherst. Registration opens February 8, will be posted at their website, and covers meals, classes, and transportation to the Webs store. Instructors include Cirillia Rose, Bristol Ivy, Amy Hendrix, Kate Atherley, and Anne Hanson. FMI: www.yarn.com

October 6-7
2016 MAINE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ARTS sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission to take place in Lewiston and Auburn. Pre-conference sessions, opening reception keynote at The Gendron Franco Center, Celebrate L/A community tours, activities at the Bates Mill Complex and Museum, twenty breakout sessions, Pop-Up Performances, Maine Craft Apprenticeships Exhibition. Register by July 4 for savings. FMI: 207-287-2724; www.mainearts.com/MICA 

October 8-9
BRUNSWICK FINE CRAFT SHOW, Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 10-4, Fort Andross Mill Center, 4 Maine Street, Brunswick. Sponsored by Maine Crafts Guild the show features “excellence in fine craft” by Maine artists. Admission $3; under 18, free. FMI: www.mainecraftsguild.com

October 8 and 9
NEW HAMPSHIRE WOOL ARTS TOUR, Columbus Day Weekend, free admission. Fiber arts education, demonstrations, animals, artisans, and shopping. FMI: www.WoolArtsTourNH.com

November 5
DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART & CRAFT SHOW, Husson University, Bangor, Maine. FMI: www.designingwomen.org

November 4-6
THE GATHERING, hosted by Northeast Handspinners Association, Lake George, New York. Classes, vendors and more. FMI: www.nehandspinners.org

November 5 and 6
THE FIBER FESTIVAL of New England, Eastern States Expo, West Springfield, MA. FMI: www.FiberFestival.org

November 5-6
FIBER FESTIVAL OF NEW ENGLAND, Seventh Annual, Eastern States Expo, West Springfield, MA. 200 booths selling fleeces, roving, patterns, kits, beads, yarn, clothing, blankets, hats, scarves, knitting needles, buttons, spinning wheels, shawl pins, etc. Sheep Shearing, Workshops, Fleece Sale, Fiber Animals, Demonstrations, Fiber Fashion Show. FMI: www.fiberfestival.org

November 19-20
MAINE HARVEST FESTIVAL, Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor. Maine grown and processed food and fiber. FMI: www.MaineHarvestFestival.com

December 10
DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART & CRAFT SHOW, Ocean Avenue School, Portland, Maine. FMI: www.designingwomen.org

Exhibitions

dancer-in-repose-burnsBARBARA BURNS has tapestries on view at Stable On Front Gallery, 110 Front Street, Bath starting July 15. Tapestry image on the left by Barbara is entitled "Ingrid, Dancer in Repose."  There will be an opening concurrent with the Bath Art Walk from 4-7 p.m. on that night. FMI: www.Burns-Studio.com

“EXPLORING MAINE,” an exhibition of recent textile art by Catherine Worthington, on view at The Center for Maine Craft, Travel Plaza, 288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner 04345. The show is up July 1- July 31 and the Center is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. FMI: www.earthtonesandfishbones.com

SPINDLEWORKS presents “THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES,” July 1-August 29, an All Species exhibition exploring diversity of plant life and the importance of plants in creating natural habitat for the world's animal species. Thirty percent of each sale will be donated to Brunswick Topsham Land Trust. A Silent Auction of art and handmade items will take place at the opening on July 15 from 5-8 p.m. at Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick. Spindleworks is accepting donated items up until Friday morning. Please contact Brian Braley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 207-725-8820.

“TWO WOMEN MASTERS: The work of Lissa Hunter and Jan Owen,” is on view at CRAFT Gallery, 12 Elm Street (in the courtyard), Rockland, July 1-August 3. Calligraphic artist Jan Owen draws upon the art and methods of early medieval scribes and her love of color, music and poetry to create panels, scrolls and books. Artist Lissa Hunter uses basketry, porcelain and drawing to tell stories, express emotions and ideas, often in metaphor and often incorporating all three disciplines in a single work. This show includes her charcoal drawings, porcelain vessels and wall-mounted assemblages with niches holding coiled basketry. All are examples of Hunter’s dedication to exploring materials and forms. FMI: 207-594-0167; www.craftonelm.com

“HALLOWED GROUND, FORGOTTEN VOICES,” at Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham. Grand opening: July 17, 5-8 p.m. for an exhibition held at 9 Main Street, Bowdoinham. Also, an original play by Stephen Legawiec entitled, “Merrymeeting Monologues,” will be held in Bowdoinham’s historic Brown’s Point Cemetery. The play includes epitaphs written by Mount Ararat High School English students who researched real Bowdoinhamers of the past. Also on June 18, Bowdoinham Historical Society will launch their new exhibit, “Digging up the Past” in their museum at the intersection of Brown’s Point Road and Route 24. FMI: www.merrymeetingartscenter.org

"INNOVATIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART," June 10-September 3 at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham. The work of thirty Maine artists—all members of Maine Fiberarts—creating beautiful, unusual and innovative work in fiber. The show includes painted quilts, handwoven rugs, felted vessels, netted sheep, knitted wire, fabric collage, paper assemblage, woven quilts, and much more. Reception: Sunday, July 10 from 2-5 p.m. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11-4; Saturday, 11-2. All welcome! FMI: 207-721-0678

22nd annual QUILT SHOW sponsored by Ocean Waves Quilters of Orr’s and Bailey Islands, on view July 8, 9 and 10 at the Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, Route 24. Exhibit hours: Friday and Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 10-3. Free admission, donations accepted. 

“MOMENTUM XIV,” May 28-July 10, an exhibition of the finalists for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant ($30,000 for one year) include the work of grantee Cheryle St. Onge, a photographer, and finalists Carly Glovinski and weaver Sarah Haskell. Also gouache paintings by Michael Walek. At The George Marshall Store Gallery, 140 Lindsay Road, York. FMI: www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

“REFLECTIONS: OLD WORK AND NEW” by Natasha Kempers-Cullen, July 15-August 12, at the Fellowship Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street, Brunswick (entrance is across the street from the Brunswick Public Library). Visiting hours: Tues.-Friday, 10-4. Open during Brunswick’s Second Friday Artwalk, August 12, 5-8 p.m. when NKC will be present. FMI: 207-729-8515; www.uubrunswick.org

“#techstyle,” through July 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston “explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing." The exhibition draws on the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, and features key pieces from innovators in the field. With pieces by Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen, Cute Circuit, Hussein Chalayan, Kate Goldsworthy and Nervous System. FMI: www.mfa.org

“THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS: RECENT WORK BY TED LOTT,” June 4-July 8, at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs, 22 Church Street, Deer Isle. “Working at the intersection between design, woodworking, and architecture, Ted Lott reveals and celebrates the logic of stick-grame construction, often incorporating found objects to create works that are simultaneously believable and fantastic." FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

“VISION & VERSE: ENCAUSTIC,” July 6 - October 2 at University of New England Art Gallery. Opening Reception: July 6, from 5-7 p.m. Gallery Artists’ Conversation: September 8, from 5-6:30 p.m. Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Thursday, 12-7 p.m. FMI: 207-221-4499.

Calls for Entries

MAINE FOLKLIFE CENTER at the University of Maine is looking for Maine fiber community-based artists to take part in their new project. They write, “If you identify as a Mainer—whether old or new—and if you use thread, cloth, fabric or fiber, and learned from and are influenced by your communities (family, friends, neighbors, other craftspeople, or a tight-knit online community), we want to hear from you! Maybe you learned to knit and spin from your mother, or developed and advanced your skills with help from your aunts, heritage group, or local crafts group. You do not need be professional or commercial, but it is fine if you are. The purpose of our project is to put together an artist directory to accompany our Maine Fiber Folk Arts Traveling Exhibit that showcases Maine fiber art traditions such as knitting, weaving, quilting, embroidery, and rug making (to name just a few). The exhibit is traveling to different public libraries throughout the state. The directory will serve as a list of individuals or groups willing to be contacted by Maine public libraries about the possibility of offering demonstrations or talks to accompany the exhibit. If you think you fit our definition of a ‘fiber community-based artist’ and would like to be part of this project, please contact Katrina Wynn, Maine Folklife Center archives manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-581-1844.”

SPINDLEWORKS in Brunswick is hosting an open call exhibit to benefit the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust set for July and August in Brunswick. The exhibit, titled “The Forest Though the Trees,” is meant to draw attention to our planet and its diversity of species. Artists are invited to submit work in any medium, inspired by and focusing on plant life. Thirty percent of each sale will be donated to the Land Trust. Additionally, Spindleworks seeks donated items for a silent auction benefit at the opening July 15. Deadline is June 24. FMI: www.spindleworks.org

THE ART LOFT, a nonprofit arts center in Rockland, is opening to the public during June 2016, and seeks artists interested in teaching classes. Competitive hourly rates, display space in the gallery, and free drop-in art classes. FMI: www.artloftrockland.org

CRAFT BOSTON 2017 APPLICATIONS OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12. Share your Craft with the world at CraftBoston, a twice annual show and sale of fine contemporary craft and design, presented by the Society of Arts and Crafts. Both CraftBoston Spring and CraftBoston Holiday unite talented makers with passionate and knowledgeable shoppers. CraftBoston welcomes exhibitor applications from both established and emerging artists making original work that shows exemplary execution of design, quality craftsmanship, and creative use of materials. CraftBoston Spring; April 21 - 23, 2017, at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts; and/or CraftBoston Holiday, December 15 - 17, 2017 at The Hynes Convention Center. Apply for one show or both! with the same application with  one fee. FMI: www.juriedartservices.com by September 12, 2016.

Opportunities

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS seeks a Development Assistant to work part-time from May through August assisting with publicity and marketing (social media and print), tours, fundraising, and development. Compensation and some meals provided (housing is not available). Request a job description or an application for the paid position. About 35 volunteers are also needed to ready the school and Community Center for summer programming. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

Craft show in New Hampshire seeks fiber artists: https://www.facebook.com/ManchesterCraftMarket/posts/841481519311795:0

BELFAST CREATIVE COALITION seeks an Executive Director who is familiar with the local art and culture scene, has a minimum of five years of experience in an administrative role (preferably with a non-profit) and has at least one year experience working in an arts and cultural program. Part-time (25 hours/week); salary commensurate with experience. Submit electronically by June 6, a cover letter, resume and three reference to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOFGA is searching for its next COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR COORDINATOR. This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, personable, highly organized and dedicated individual. The Fair is a unique agricultural event that hosts over 1,400 exhibitors and speakers to celebrate community, sustainable living and local economies while highlighting organic agriculture. The ideal candidate has experience working on events and with volunteers, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an unwavering attention to detail. MOFGA will begin accepting applications for this year-round position on May 1. The position will remain open until filled. Please see the job description for a complete list of needed abilities and knowledge. Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three professional references to Fair director April Boucher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More details are available on MOFGA's Employment Opportunities page.

MOFGA is searching for its next Common Ground Country Fair Assistant. “This seasonal, part-time position is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, personable, highly organized and dedicated individual. The Fair is a unique agricultural event that hosts over 1,400 exhibitors and speakers to celebrate community, sustainable living and local economies while highlighting organic agriculture. MOFGA is currently accepting applications, and the position will remain open until filled.” To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Fair Director April Boucher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEEKING HAND SEWER to work 30+ hours per week from their home. Experienced hand sewer with creativity, problem solving skills and passion.References required. To start some time around April 20, 2016. FMI: Betsey Telford-Goodwin, 207-363-6800, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

SPINDLEWORKS, an artists’ cooperative located in Brunswick is looking for artists to teach one- to four-part 1.5 hour workshops at Spindleworks. They welcome all media, including drawing, painting, weaving, small printing press, wood, ceramics and performance art. Also: one full time, 40-hour position as “Artist Mentor,” and one part time “relief position” Artist Mentor are being sought. FMI: Brian Braley at 207-725-8820; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN WISCONSIN. December 16, 2015-April 1, 2016. Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center’s Arts/Industry 2017 program, which takes place at and is funded by Kohler Co. in Kohler, WI. Each year, 16 artists are accepted for 2- to 6-month residencies in the Pottery or Foundry/Enamel areas of the factory. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, and round-trip transportation. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://www.jmkac.org, https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3049&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes

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.

APPLY TO BE A MOFGA FARM APPRENTICE. MOFGA is currently accepting applications for apprentices for the 2016 growing season. Many farms have updated their listings with openings for this spring. You can peruse the profiles or farms that interest you and complete an application online here. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

USDA announces FARM OWNERSHIP MICROLOANS, “a new financing avenue for small and mid-sized farming operations to buy and improve property.” The loans are available to help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. Microloans could provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can help new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Contact your local FSA office which can be found at http://offices.usda.gov, or learn more at www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans.

One-LupineONE LUPINE FIBER ARTS AND MAINE YARN AND FIBER SUPPLY announces their second annual Tidal Tours fiber retreat. Two groups of fiber fans will be staying in a beach-front captain's house in Machiasport complete with a beach, walking paths, and views galore. They still have openings for the second session, which runs from July 20 to July 23. FMI: Jodi Clayton, 207-992-4140, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION offers scholarships for Maine students graduating high school. Also, “Adult learner scholarships” for students who are over 25 years of age, have delayed college, are financially independent, or attend school while working full time. FMI: www.mainecf.org/Scholarships/ForAdultLearners.aspx

EMPLOYMENT AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Growing their staff in anticipation of their move to 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport District in line with their expanded space. “The Society's staff is a talented, dedicated, and collaborative team committed to advocating for contemporary craft using our diverse skill sets.” FMI about the open jobs:

Member News and Letters

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..

BARBARA BURNS was interviewed by Deborah Blakeley of Zone One Arts. She was sent several questions by the interviewer and given time to form her responses. The article includes several images of Barbara at her tapestry loom and many of her artwork, including a preview of a very recently-almost completed piece. See the article at http://zoneonearts.com.au/barbara-burns/

After 22 years of working at Spindleworks, artist Catherine Worthington has quit her job to devote herself to her artwork. Catherine will take part in several Maine art and craft shows coming up this year and has work included in Maine Fiberarts’ summer show of contemporary Maine fiber art.

1602 CMacchi Clutterbuck-weaving 6881LINDA CLUTTERBUCK has already earned a Certificate of Excellence for spinning. Now she is learning to weave. She appeared at SPA with a beautiful handwoven scarve that used her handspun yarn.

ELIZABETH BUSCH has been named Master Craft Artist for 2016 by the Maine Crafts Association. She was nominated by Stuart Kestenbaum and reviewed and selected by Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art. Busch will be honored at MCA’s Annual Workshop Weekend at Haystack Mountain School of  Crafts on May 13 (contact MCA for tickets) and will have an exhibition at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner. The 2016 Award for Craft Supporter has gone to Tammy Knight, Development Program Manager of Maine DECD’s Maine Made Program.

ELIZABETH BUSCH will have an article about her kinetic sculpture appear in the pages of FIBER ART NOW this fall. FMI: www.fiberartnow.net

A new fiber arts school—PRAXIS FIBER ARTS—was started in Cleveland in 2015. Jessica Pinsky, an adjunct professor at Cleveland Institute of Art, found herself painting and sewing in graduate school. She soon realized she favored fiber more, reconditioned an old loom, and learned to weave. When CIA decided to close their fiber department, Pinsky offered to help relocate the school's seventeen looms and opened a nonprofit textile studio in the Waterloo Arts District. PFA now runs classes and hosts a gallery.

Nina Ruit quiltNINA RUIT has been working on a quilt for the last few months and it will soon be ready for handwork. Great spot of color for waning winter days.

MEMBER LAURIE SIMS emailed to say that a new shop is opening in Belfast in February. FIBER OF MAINE will feature Maine fiber products.

Patricia McMullen knitwearCHRISTINE MACCHI, Executive Director of Maine Fiberarts, photographed the SPA Fashion Show on Saturday, 2/27 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Christine and Corrie Zacharias brought seamless backdrop paper, professional lights, and great cameras to capture the action at the sold-out show!

CHRIS ANTONAK has been working through R&R Spinners to help spinners from Tajikistan to find markets in the US for their lovely dyed handspun yarns. Check out the group's website: http://www.kismetfiberworks.com/pamiri-yarn/

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Workshops and Classes

FELTED VEST CLASS with Marianne (DuBois) Senechal at Prospect Harbor Women's Club, August 5, 6, 7, 2016, 9:00am-5:30pm. Create a one-of-a-kind seamless reversible top using a custom pattern, “learn tips and tricks to create a well-fitted nuno felt top. Nuno felting combines the technique of wet felting merino wool with the structure of silk fabric to make a lightweight and flexible textile. You will learn key design considerations for resists, templates, and embellishment.” Best for those with some felting experience. Cost for the three-day class, $29, ages 17 and up. FMI: Mary Laury, Executive Director, Schoodic Arts for All, 427 Main Street, PO Box 174, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693, 207.963.2569. www.schoodicartsforall.org

A GATHERING OF STITCHES hosts Cal Patch, July 11-15, on designing and making clothing for your body and your style. The class allows time for focusing on making a wardrobe. Using techniques from her book DESIGN-IT-YOURSELF CLOTHES, Cal teaches you how to draft your own basic patterns for a T-shirt, skirt and shift dress based on the measurements of your unique body. Then you will learn how to take those patterns and stylize them into endless variations. No previous patternmaking experience is necessary. Also, Slow Stitching Retreat, August 8-12 with Chawne Kimber and Allison Glass at Medomak Retreat Center. FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com

A GATHERING OF STITCHES offers “Block Printing,” June 4, 10:30-1:30 with Eliza Jane Curtis, $50; “Screen Print Study,” June 18-19, 10:30-1:30, Eliza Jane Curtis, $200; “Learn to Sew Garments with Fancy Tiger’s Amber and Jaime,” September 21-25, with Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings, $900; and “A Garment Sewing Weekend with Lauren Taylor of Lladybird,” April 13-17, $525. Also: “Stitch More, Buy Less T Shirt,” “Mindful Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh,” “The Archer Shirt Stylings with Jennifer Beeman,” “Design and Make your Own Clothes with Cal Patch,” “The Pearl Dress,” “Bra Making,” “Quilt Local,” and “Slow Stitching at Camp Medomak.” FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com

CATHERINE WORTHINGTON offers classes: May 7, 10-3, “Screen Printing and Sewing Zippy Bags,” Cost: $60. includes textile paints, freezer paper and canvas and instruction. Students should be able to make at least one bag during class, maybe more. Learn to use silkscreen techniques and textile paints with your designs to create unique cloth. Then, learn to sew in a zipper using the sewing machine and make the bag. Some basic sewing knowledge is helpful. Please bring to class your sewing machine and a zipper foot. Extra machines will be available. Also, “Explore Textile Design,” a five-hour workshop each session $75. includes textile paint and use of supplies and instruction. May 14, 10-3: “Textile painting, block carving and printing.” May 21, 10-3, “Creating Stencils,” gelatin printing on cloth and found object printing. June 18, 10-3, “Textile Painting and Silk Screening.” FMI: 207-233-4879; www.earthtonesandfishbones.com

CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART hosts ART CAMP for kids ages 6-11. Three one-week sessions beginning July 11, Monday through Friday, 9-noon. CMCA also offers ART LAB on the theme of “Re-inventing Yourself,” “Bodyscapes,” and 3D Arts.” Also classes for adults. FMI: www.cmcanow.org

Janet-Conner-rug-hookerJANET CONNER will teach at the 20th annual RUG HOOKING WEEK, August 16-20, Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio. Four-day classes; half-, one- or two-day workshops; over 500 rugs exhibited; plus vendors. FMI: www.saudervillage.org/RugHookingWeek 

YOUNG ARTIST’S WORKSHOP, presented by Merrymeeting Adult Education. Tweens and teens (12-16) can join Mandy Russell for a week of exploration and learning, experimenting with a wide variety of media while learning color theory. Students will work first in a mixed-media art journal, then work with doodling, coloring, collage, watercolor, assemblage. July 25-28, 9-12 p.m. Adult Ed Center, Topsham. For fees and registration, call 207-729-7323; www.merrymeeting.org

FIBER COLLEGE OF MAINE, scheduled for September 7-11 in Searsport, offers nearly 70 textile and fiber classes varying in length from one hour to two days on topics of sewing, knitting, weaving, embroidery, dyeing, surface design, felting, beading, sock cranking, quilting, chainmail, and paper. FMI: www.fibercollege.org

Haystack-Mountain-School-of-CraftsHAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Deer Isle announces Summer 2016 Programs. Residency and scholarship applications due March 1; regular applications due April 1; full scholarships available. Fiber classes include: “Fill Up/Stack Up/Twist and Shout,” with Susie Brandt; “Artist’s Books: The Balancing Act of Concept and Form,” Rebecca Goodale; “Natural Dyes, New Methods,” Elin Noble; “Baskets,” Lissa Hunter; “Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions,” Mo Kelman; “Graphics: Paper Contains the Universe,” Aimee Lee; “More than Skin Deep: Structure, Fashion and the Body,” Annet Couwenberg; “A Letterpress, An Artist’s Book, and Some Text Walk into a Bar….” Erin Sweeney; “Printmaking: Modified Monotypes,” Susan Webster; “Weaving: Layers, Surface, Space,” Ismini Samanidou; “Foraged Color—The Art and Science of Eco-Printing,” Amelia Poole; “Glass Beadmaking,” Kristina Logan; “Joomchi & Beyond,” Jiyoung Chung; as well as several others in wood, ceramics, glass, drawing, mixed media, and writing. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS hosts a SUMMER CONFERENCE: “Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials, and the Creative Process,” July 10-14. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

MARY MCFARLAND has been an artist, quiltmaker and clothing designer for most of her life. She has been teaching garment making classes for Quiltessentials in Auburn creating tunics and tops. On June 24 and June 25 from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Mary will teach “Rayon Pants: Part I ($70) and Part II ($70).” Make a basic pair of pants with elastic waist and a pattern to fit you. She’ll also teach a “Button Making Workshop,” June 4, from 9:30-1:30. Create one-of-a-kind buttons for bags, knitted garments, or art quilts. All materials provided with class fee, $50. Quiltessentials is also hosting classes with Jo Diggs, Susan Carlson and others.

MSAD #11 ADULT EDUCATION (Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner) hosts Winter/Spring 2016 classes in: digital story telling, chair caning, recycled wool sweater mittens, felt making, knitting your first sweater, stenciled silk scarf, beginning quilting paper piecing, mariner’s compass, basic and advanced soap making, cheese making, stone wall construction, and many others. FMI: www.msad11.maineadulted.org; 207-582-3774

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION HAYSTACK WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2016. MCA invites members and nonmembers for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, May 12-15, 2016. Instruction, room and all meals are included in the fee. Fiber Arts: "Textile Design" with Claudia Brahms will explore ways to use off-loom weaving techniques on a current project of your own, or weave new designs in the workshop. Free-style weaving will be used to add texture, color, dimension, and a personal signature. Learn how drawn thread-work, the addition of supplemental warp yarns after weaving, tapestry techniques, pleating, and texturizing can be incorporated into your fiber art. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

MORGAN ART OF PAPERMAKING offers the following Summer Workshops 2016: “Box with a Twist,” “Paper Cutting,” “Chinese Lantern Box,” “Marbling on Paper and Cloth,” “Miniature Pop-Up Books,” “Carousel Books,” “Historic Letterpress Illustration,” “Ecoprinting,” “Islamic World Papermaking,” “Surface Manipulation,” “Paper to Book,” “Fiber Arts Techniques for Book Artists,” “Mark-Making: The Stitch,” and many others. Contact: The Morgan Conservatory, 1754 East 47th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103. FMI: 216-361-9255; www.MorganConservatory.org

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE CONFERENCE 2016, August 27-August 30 or to September 3. Conference theme: “Weaving the Threads of New England History,” contains the following talks: “Spinning Wheel: Colonial Hearth to Modern Fiber Art,” with Peter Cook; “Weaving in the 17th to 19th Centuries” with Marjie Thompson; “Manchester’s Amoskeag Mill,” with Aurore Eaton; “Exploits of Mill Girls,” with Elizabeth De Wolfe. Discover how textiles and clothing both shaped and reflected civilization in New England over time. Through a variety of lectures and workshops, explore transitions from farm to factory, homespun to decorative art and handcrafts to mill manufacturing. Sponsor: Star Island, Morton-Benedict House, 30 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. FMI: www.starisland.org/newenglandheritage

NEW VENTURES, formerly Women, Work and Community, offers business classes in the Midcoast in “Your Next Career Move: Tools to Get Started,” and “Creating Your Future: Career Planning for the New Economy.” FMI: www.newventuresmaine.org

NORTHEAST HANDSPINNERS ASSOCIATION announces that THE GATHERING 2016 will take place November 4, 5, and 6 at The Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, Lake George NY, www.fortwilliamhenry.com. A block of rooms is reserved in both wings of the Grand Hotel: doubles and kings for $109/night or the premium east wing for $89/night. The premium east wing does not have an elevator, so if that is important to you, book a room on the first floor or in the Grand Hotel where there is an elevator. Mentors include Jane Woodhouse, Patsy Zawistoski, Beth Smith, Jillian Moreno, Fiberensemble (the felters who taught at the ME Gathering), Alanna Wilcox, Donna Kay and Cal Patch. Registration materials go out June 1 to current members; make sure your membership is current to get first pick of classes. FMI: www.nehandspinners.org; Maria Hughes - Gathering Chair - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 631-219-0927

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PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Summer 2016 workshops include: “Stitching as Drawing,” Susan Brandeis; “Natural Dye,” Catharine Ellis and Joy Boutrup; “Weaving: All the Elements,” Helle Rude Trolle; “Woven Matrix: Weaving with the TC2,” Cathryn Amidei; “Re: Constructions,” Barbara Cooper; “Wearable Art and the Body,” Michael Cepress; “The Thrill of Color,” Rebecca Mezoff; “Seams Legit: Reconstructed Quilts,” LUKE Haynes; “Structure and Form,” Carole Frances Lung; “Small-Scale Tinkerings: Toying with Felt,” Lisa Klakulak; “Doubleweave on Eight Harnesses,” Robin Muller; “Embroidering Impressions of Nature,” Katherine Diuguid; “The Soul of Forgotten Materials,” Geoffrey Gorman. Also, workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, letterpress, wood and others. FMI: www.penland.org

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS hosts a Fall Concentration from September 25-November 18, 2016 with classes in clay, glass, wood, metals and iron. Their fibers classes include: “Textiles: The Thread Between,” with Rachel Meginnes; “Print: From Paper to Print!” with Georgia Deal. Also, One-Week Sessions, October 9-15, “Textiles: Wrap Your Head Around It,” with Peg Gignoux; “Box Making for Book Artists,” with Mary Uthuppuru; “Every Picture Tells a Story: Drawing, Collage and Storytelling,” with Melissa Stern; “Letterpress: Analogue Social Media,” with Bryce McCloud. Scholarships available: deadline August 1. Finally, a Spring Concentration, March 12-May 5, 2017 in “Image as Narrative: Letterpress and the Artist’s Book,” with Anne Covell and “Weaving: A Dialogue,” with Tommye McClure Scanlin and Bhakti Ziek. Also: Spring One-Week Session, March 26-April 1, 2017: “Intuitive Geometries,” with Martha Clippinger. Scholarship application due: November 28, 2106. For a complete catalog and more info: www.penland.org.

PORTFIBER hosts workshops April through June in: “Intro to Four-Harness Weaving,” with Ray Cooper; felted gnomes, felted owls, dyeing 101, spinning 101, “Silk Paper,” “The Silk Experience,” and “Wet Felting Slippers” with Robin Russo, “Eco Printing,” and “Indigo Shibori,” with Amelia Poole. FMI: www.portfiber.com

SKAKERAG WORKSHOPS, Sewanee, TN. Session One: June 12-18: “Outside, Inside: Creating a Painted Quilt,” with Elizabeth Busch; “Sewing: The Art of Making,” Diane Hall; also song writing, spatial media design, jewelry, handbuilt clay pitchers, and mosaic mandalas. Session Two: June 19-25: “Pop-Up Book Structures,” with Colette Fu; “Monoprinting and Handstitching: Your Personal Expression,” Ilze Aviks; and “Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire, and Tie Dye with Indigo Dye,” Gasali Adeyemo. FMI: www.shakerag.org

SUMMER TEXTILE RETREAT. July 29–30, 2016. Kick the Moon Farm, West Baldwin, ME. Two days of fiber workshops including weaving, dyeing, spinning, rug hooking, felting, basketmaking, and more.  Come one or both days; includes a gourmet lunch. See website for details. FMI: Janet Conner, 207-625-3325, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.sacovalleyfiberartists.com/shearbrooke.html

Resources

MAINE 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.

Summer-sceneFIBER 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 our fiber bulletin here, you can enter it yourself using this form.

Maine Fiberarts has a CLASSIFIED ADS section. Ads are FREE for members at the Professional Level ($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

fiber pillowsAMERICAN CRAFT WEEK has been extended this year to occur from October 1-16, 2016. The group is looking for craft events to take part and to benefit from combined marketing. FMI: www.americancraftweek.com

CREATIVE PORTLAND’S first executive director, Jennifer Hutchins, is taking on a new role as the executive director of Maine Association of Nonprofits, effective July 18. For information about CP’s search for her position, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Penobscot basketmaker THERESA SECORD received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of nine artists to receive the award in June of 2016. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and Second will be honored in Washington, DC in September. Past recipients include musicians, boatbuilders, dancers and quilters and over 400 artists, including a half-dozen Mainers.

After six years of institutional growth, Don Tuski, president of MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, is stepping down to accept a new position as president at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Don has been an energetic, creative and generous spirit in the school and he will be sorely missed.

According to an article in the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, (3/23/2016), “Recreation drove tourism spending to record in 2015. Revenue from outdoor activities increased by 13 percent, helping push total direct tourism spending to $5.65 billon.” Maine Office of Tourism presented data at an annual conference in Newry during March that showed direct tourism spending incrased by 3.2 percent in 2014. Steve Jermanok, a travel writer who led a session on adventure travel, said “the demand for travel packages building around outdoor recreation activities such as winter sports, hking and water sports has taken off in the past decord. Part of that increase has been driven by baby boomers.” The economic impact of tourism (which includes direct and indirect spending) totaled $8.29 billion in 2015. Jobs supported by tourism increased to 98,932, representing 15% of all employment in the state in 2015.

MAINE FARMLAND TRUST’S Executive Director John Piotti has accepted the position of President and CEO of American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC and will be leaving the Maine organization after ten years at the helm.

Crossman-Essence-of-SeaBassMEMBER STEPHANIE CROSSMAN'S netted sculptures were selected for inclusion in ”Oceania,” an exhibition at the WEX, Inc. international headquarters in South Portland that ran through April 22. FMI: www.wexglobalgallery.com Stephanie also exhibited at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, SC, and at the Baltimore American Craft Council show in February. Stephanie has a piece in Maine Fiberarts' current exhibition "Innovations: Contemporary Art."

“Prominent arts group” UPCOUNTRY ARTISTS closed its gallery and learning center in downtown Farmington in April after three years of operation. An article, “Financial problems force arts center closing,” appeared in the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD on 4/11/2016. Due to limited sales of art and a small pool of volunteers to keep the gallery open, the group’s board decided to scale back programming. Upcountry will continue its annual Sugarloaf show, hosting workshops, creating an open juried art show, and awarding scholarships. FMI: www.upcountryartists.com

SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, an arts organization that has been located on Newbury Street for 40 years has moved to 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport District of Boston.

See a story about AFGHANISTAN CASHMERE using this link sent in by member Debbie Smyth: http://www.peacefleece.com/afghan_cashmere.html

Meet-Ups

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., June 29, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26. 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 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

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

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

Thank You

Knitted-lace-and-yarnFor the terrific response to our letter mailed out to about 85 long-term supporters and friends of Maine Fiberarts. We’ve raised almost $10,000 from this mailing making our beautiful exhibition of Maine artists’ work possible this Summer. Come to our gallery during June, July and August to see INNOVATIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART. Thank you, donors!

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, and Carolyn Wollen. Many people working together to bring beautiful shows of fiber work to our gallery!

Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Dr. Steven Stern, Arlene Morris, Carolyn Wollen, David Knight and others for their continued general support of Maine Fiberarts during 2015.

Thank you also to Katharine Watson who underwrote our 2015 rent making it possible to host beautiful shows of Wabanaki basketry, hooked rugs, artists' books, and art neckwear that were enjoyed by hundreds of visitors. Is there a generous sole who would underwrite rent for 2016 so that exhibitions can continue? Please be in touch.

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

Maine Fiberarts Digital Tour

This map along with our Fiber Bulletin and Fiber Folio is our digital version of the Fiber Arts Tour/Resource Guide. The listings on the right side can be filtered by category by checking the box beside one or more categories in the list. The default is to view all categories. If you do not see what you are looking for you can move the map or make it larger or smaller. The listings on the right only reflect the locations (hot spots) on the area of the map in view. The "Read More" links at the bottom of each listing go to more detailed profiles (if they exist).

  Entering a new Location: When you enter your own fiber site on the map, the "Title" field is required. It refers to the name of your studio, farm, gallery, shop, business, etc. listing. The name and email you enter at the top do not show up, it is for us to know who is entering the information. If you do not want your exact location to show on the map, you can just enter the town name, and/or drag the marker on the map in the form to wherever you want it. Once it is correct you can hit the "sticky marker" selection.

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The Red Studio

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Topsham, ME 04086

207-721-0678

Gallery Hours

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Saturday 11-2

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

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    Maine Fiberarts

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

    Gallery Hours
    Open Wed-Fri 11-4
    Saturday 11-2

     

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