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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.

As you scroll down the page you will find important articles with a filtering menu at the top, our Fiber News Bulletin organized by topic, our interactive Tour Map/Resource Guide, and below are various ways to contact us, join us, or enter your own ad or bulletin item.

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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

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). 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.

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

Events

March 3
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE, Robie Andrews Hall, Gorham presents a “Discussion on public art and government artist funding,” 1-2 p.m. Visiting artist Clint Fulkerson and Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director and Percent for Art Associate for the Maine Arts Commission. FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/gallery; 207-780-5008

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

March 19
(New date). SHEEP SHEARING at ChickGooEwe Farm, Sandy Redemske and Rob Macks, 344 Gardiner Road, Jefferson, Maine 04348. Shearing starts at 9:30 a.m. and goes for about two hours. Refreshments will be served in the house afterwards. About fifteen extremely well cared-for sheep. FMI: 207-549-3531 

March 15 and April 19
FARM SPINNING at A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, Sumner, Maine. Also: Felting Friday, Learn to Knit, Toe Up Socks, Maine Maple Weekend (March 25-26), and a Felting Retreat. FMI: www.awrinkleinthyme.com

March 18
MAINE GRASS FARMERS presents its 2017 Annual Grazing Conference, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Alfond Campus, Kennebec Valley Community College, US Route 201, Hinckley, Maine. For a schedule and details: https://extension.umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn/conference

March 26
MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY. Statewide open farms. FMI: https://www1.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/maine_maple_sunday.shtml and http://www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/calendar.detail/event_id/319/index.htm

March 18
MAINE SPINNERS REGISTRY ANNUAL MEETING at Gardiner High School, 40 West Hill Road, Gardiner, Maine. Entrance fee: free for members; $2 for others. Bring a mug, potluck dish to share, spinning wheel or spindle, and fiber. Door prizes, used equipment, show and tell, and vendors. If you are interesting in vending, please contact Stacie Beyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FMI: www.mainespinnersregistry.org

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.

March 15 and April 19
FARM SPINNING at A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, Sumner, Maine. Also: Felting Friday, Learn to Knit, Toe Up Socks, Maine Maple Weekend (March 25-26), and a Felting Retreat. FMI: www.awrinkleinthyme.com 

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

April 22
TRASH-TO-FASHION SHOW, presented by Studio 923 Art Club at University of Maine, Presque Isle, 6 p.m. Open to all artists, designers, students and community members. $5 per entry; $5 suggested ticket price. “Trash-to-Fashion is a movement designed to bring awareness about how we view waste and an understanding of how waste impacts the land.” FMI: www.umpi.edu

April 29
CONNECTICUT SHEEP, WOOL AND FIBER FESTIVAL, Tolland Ag Center, Vernon, CT

May 4
MECAmorphosis: Runway Fashion Show and Thesis Exhibitions, four floors of art at Maine College of Art, Portland. For tickets to the Fashion Show, visit: www.meca.edu; 207-666-5012

May 13
NEW HAMPSHIRE SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL, Deerfield, NH

May 10-14
BRIMFIELD ANTIQUES, INTERIOR DESIGN, & COLLECTIBLES SHOW, New England Motel, Brimfield, MA. Over 400 dealers, food court, public parking, craft vendors. FMI: www.antiques-brimfield.com

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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.

June 3 and 4
MAINE FIBER FROLIC, Windsor, Maine, 17th annual. FMI: www.fiberfrolic.com

July 7
PINE TREE QUILTERS GUILD presents the 40th Maine Quilt Show, 500+ quilts on display. Classes, demo, lectures, national teachers, vendors, Friday night event. FMI: www.mainequilts.org, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 13-16
MAINE SPINNERS REGISTRY ANNUAL SUMMER FIBER RETREAT. A relaxing fiber retreat at Sunday River. Open to everyone. Details available soon. FMI: www.mainespinnersregistry.org

Exhibitions

ARLENE MORRIS is opening a show of new work at Figureworks located at 168 North Sixth Street (1 block from Bedford Avenue “L” train), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Work remains on view March 3-April 16, 2017. FMI: www.figureworks.com; 718-486-7021

EXCELLENCE IN FIBERS: An exhibition of selected works from Fiber Art Now’s juried print exhibit, January 25-March 19, 2017. Location: New Bedford Art Museum, 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. FMI: www.newbedfordart.org; 508-961-3072

FIBER WORK by feltmaker Kris Sandoy and rag rug weaver Hillary Hutton at Topsham Public Library, Topsham, March 2-23.

“NATURE SPEAKS—Animals in Wool and Paint,” featuring three-dimensional animal sculptures by Cindy Bello Skidgel of Yarmouth and two-dimensional acrylic paintings of animals by Julie Bernier of South Portland. Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, through February. FMI: www.thomasmemoriallibrary.org

“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.

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

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!” A special drive is taking place in MA on March 19, but 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

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.

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.

Famed Maine artist DAHLOV IPCAR passed away peacefully at her home in Georgetown at the age of 99. Ipcar was a prolific painter and the author and illustrator of several children’s books depicting early farm life in coastal Maine. She made beautiful whimsical fabric sculptures of animals and is featured in Maine Fiberarts’ new book FIBER ART MASTERS. A longer tribute was written by the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/11/legendary-maine-artist-dahlov-ipcar-dies-at-99/?utm_source=March+2017+enews&utm_campaign=Feb17+-+MFT+eNews&utm_medium=email

RAMBLERS WAY FARM was featured in an article in the MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM entitled, “An Entrepreneur in Sheep’s Clothing: How Tom Chappell—that Tom of Maine, the one who made the all-natural toothpaste—has turned his talents to making wool clothing the sustainable way.” The article profiles the quest of Tom Chappell and his daughter Eliza to produce quality clothing using finely-spun wool that is sourced and manufactured in the U.S.A. One store is already opened in Portsmouth, NH and another is scheduled for May 2017 in Portland’s Old Port.

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.

Sales at the Fleece Tent at COMMON GROUND FAIR continue to be strong. In 2016, MOFGA’s 40th year, sales amounted to “just under $11,500 in three days, with 235 ‘uits’ sold, representing about 880 pounds of Maine fiber.” Thirty-nine growers had fiber represented in the tent. To volunteer for 2017, contact: Penelope Olson at 207-785-2784; 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

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

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

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

ISLAND ARTISANS is looking for fiber artists who knit or felt, mainly hats, who would like a market in Bar Harbor for the 2017 season. Please submit photos of your work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIBER COLLEGE seeks proposals for classes that will take place September 6-10 at their Searsport Shores Ocean Campground in Searsport. Classes are sought in: garment making, accessories, basketry, quilting, yarn making, surface design, needle arts, woodworking, and weaving. Two-, four-, or six-hour classes in duration, and also five 12-hour intensive classes for Wednesday/Thursday. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 207-548-6059.

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, offers “Open Studio Residency,” May 28-June 9 “designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level, and for those selected, to attend for free.” Deadline to apply is March 1. Send: brief resume, up to 5 images of your work in digital format properly sized and titled, two letters of reference, and a $50 application fee (nonrefundable). FMI: 207-348-2306; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION’s applications due with fee by January 30 for the 2017 Portland Fine Craft Show held on August 26 on Congress Street in Portland. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

SACO MUSEUM seeks a Front Desk Volunteer for Tuesday afternoons, 12-4 p.m. Duties include welcoming visitors, selling admissions and gift shop items, and sharing museum information with patrons. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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!

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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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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 HUMANITIES COUNCIL for an award of a Major Grant in support of our Maine Textile History show this Spring 2017. The grant will support programming at Maine Fiberarts, planning for an exhibit at Pejepscot Historical Society and at least two scholars. 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.

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

To the ALFRED M SENTER FUND for funds toward our collaborative exhibition taking place in Spring 2017 about Maine textile history. We appreciate your support.

Workshops and Classes

Although A GATHERING OF STITCHES is no longer located on Cove Street, stitching retreats are being offered. Registration is now open for “Slow Fashion at the Beach” with Cal Patch, Katrina Rodabaugh and Jessica Lewis. The workshop will be held July 23-28, 2017 at Ferry Beach Park Association in Saco, ME. FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com

BARBARA BURNS is teaching tapestry classes at Halcyon Yarn in Bath this March and April. Writes Barbara, “You can sign up for as few or as many classes as you want and the cost is very reasonable, $25 each a one-hour class. We meet twice a month on Thursdays from 2:30-5:30 p.m.” Sign up for an individual class at: https://halcyonyarn.com/classes.php

SUSAN MILLS offers felt making workshops at her studio in Bowdoin: “Level 1/Felting 101: The Basics,” March 11; “Journey of the Spirit Circle for Spring Solstice,” March 19; “Level !/Felting 101: The Basics,” March 25. For more info about workshops, check her website: www.susanmillsstudio.com. To see photos of a visit to her studio, see: www.mainefiberfolio.com

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM offers fiber classes in “Sculptural Needle Felting,” with Anastasia Semash, March 19; “Felted Bead Workshop,” Gwen Gavin, April 15; “Paper Marbling,” Cristina Hajosy, May 6, and “Bookbinding,” Deanna Jacome; June 3-4. FMI: www.fullercraft.org

MAKE A PACK BASKET, with Chris and Ashram Knapp of the Koviashuvik Living School. $200 plus $100 materials fee. March 4 and 5, Friends School of Portland, 11 Route One, Cumberland, 9-4. FMI: www.thehandmadeeffect.comSHAKERAG WORKSHOPS, Sewanee, TN offers 2017 fiber classes in: “Human Marks: Drawing, Stitching, Batik, Bookmaking,” Dorothy Caldwell; “Vintage-Inspired Dressmaking,” Gretchen Hirsch; “Natural Dyes, New Methods,” Elin Noble; “The T-Shirt is the Problem: Rags, Rugs, and Baskets are the Solution,” Carole Frances Lung. FMI: www.shakerage.org; 931-463-2123

THE BASICS OF PLANT DYEING, learn about using plants to dye silk and wool, free, please register. Friends School of Portland, 11 Route One, Cumberland Foreside, March 5, 11-noon. FMI: www.thehandmadeeffect.com

SHIBORI- Stitched Resist dying with Indigo. Come relax and learn ancient Japanese dye resist techniques in a relaxing environment on Grand Isle, Lake Champlain, Vt. June 10-11, 2017. In this two day workshop you will learn many stitched resist patterns, use and learn to maintain an indigo vat of your own. To register and FMI: Artistic Endeavors, www.kathleengoddu.com

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

MSAD #11 ADULT ED offers the following Winter/Spring 2017 classes: “Bargello Lap Quilt,” with Lynn Irish; “Wool Appliqué Spring Chicken Table Runner,” Lynn Irish; “Luxurious Stenciled Silk Scarf,” Cheri Weston; and “Basic Sewing for Beginners and Intermediates,” Wynne Winchell. FMI: www.msad11.maineadulted.org; 207-582-4774

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS offers textile classes: “The Natural Dye Studio,” with Charlotte Kwon and Sophena Kwon; “Designing Hand Knits,” Anna Sudo; “Felt and Straw Hats; Blocked and Freeform,” Wayne Wichern; “Color/Texture, Structure Pattern,” Jessica Green; “Making Do,” Sherri Lynn Wood; “The Woven Rug,” Janie Woodbridge; “Explorations in Hand Sewing,” Natalie Chanin; “Sculptural Basketry,” Sarita Westrup; “Textile Design: Fundamental to Experimental,” Tim Eads; “Introduction to Ondulé,” Amy Putansu; “Katazome with Natural Dyes and Indigo,” Akemi Nagano Cohn; “Transforming Textiles,” Saberah Malik; “Leather Inlay and Overlay,” Lisa Sorrell; “Maximalist Embroidery,” Rebecca Ringquist; “Paper Sculpture,” Matthew Shlian. Also, classes in wood, photography, letterpress, metals, glass, iron, clay, drawing, painting, and book arts. FMI: www.penland.org

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, Continuing Studies program offers 2017 courses: “Textiles and Fashion,” with Cheslye Ventimiglia: a five-week course on pattern making, couture sewing techniques, design, bias, vintage construction, and copying an existing garment. Fee: $230 plus $20, from March 23-April 20. Also, “Sketchbooks: Cultivating a Daily Practice” with Judy Labrusca and youth and teen classes in drawing, silkscreening, miniature worlds, puppets, illustration and “Fiber, Fiber, Fiber.” FMI: www.meca.edu

CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, University of Southern Maine, Portland hosts a workshop o April 8, 10-4, $125. “The Case for Leather: A ‘Fairly’ Simple Leather-Spine Binding,” with Todd Pattison. Multi-purpose Room, Wishcamper Center. FMI: 207-780-5900; www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS offers 2017 Summer Programs. Residency and scholarship applications are due March 1; regular applications are due April 1; full scholarships are available. Classes in blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber, graphics, metal, wood, book arts, drawing and more. Fiber classes include: “Piecework as Paradigm,” Aaron McIntosh; “Letters: Type and Image,” David Wolfe; “Quiltmaking: A West-African Appliquéd Experience,” William Adjete Wilson; “Fiber: Tied, Twisted, and Knotted,” Tanya Aguiniga; “Papermaking: Raising Paper,” Jocelyn Chateauvert; “Radical Bookwork: Re-purposing Found Books from Meaning to Structure,” Doug Beube; “Weaving: Composition and Materiality; Weft Faced Rug Weaving and Design,” Dee Clements; and “Indigo and its Metaphors,” Jovencio de la Paz. Summer Conference: July 9-13, “The Thing that Makes the Thing, Conversations on Craft and Community.” Application form at: www.haystack-mtn.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

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

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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

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    December 18 2016 – January 31, 2017

     

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