2013 Fall Bulletin
News of Fiber Events, Exhibitions, Opportunities, Workshops and more...
Join an INFORMAL GATHERING at Maine Fiberarts Thursday evening, December 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., to hear about our new Advisory Council. We are seeking new voices and new input into our programs. Members and interested friends are invited to join our Advisory Council and take part in one of several planned committees: Art, Advancement, Membership, Education and Outreach. The Red Studio will be decked out for our Holiday Open House, our gallery show of gorgeous quilts is up, and we’ll be kicking off our Open House weekend. Join us and bring friends!
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND SALE OF MEMBERS’ WORK at Maine Fiberarts in The Red Studio. We have new felted hats, handpainted scarves, hand-dyed yarns, and woven tapestries. We are still accepting work through November 20. This year's event coincides with Fiber Friday (Friday morning, December 6, 10 a.m.)
ARTS DOWNTOWN & ALL AROUND, studios, shops and galleries open throughout greater Brunswick for holiday shows and sales. Maine Fiberarts will be open Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Dec. 7, 10-5. Spindleworks at 23 Pleasant Street, will be open Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 10-5; and Dec. 8, 11-4. FMI: www.5raa.org
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE, Dec. 7, 10-5; Dec. 8, noon-4. Mary McFarland, Janalee Welch, Jan Royall, Mary Beth Morrison: book arts, fine art, fabric, stained glass, jewelry, etc. Two locations: 146 and 149 Middle Street, Farmington. FMI: 207-779-7957
DESIGNING WOMEN, fine art and craft show and sale. Ocean Avenue School, 150 Ocean Avenue, Portland, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 donation at the door to benefit Ocean Avenue School PTO.
MAINE ASSOCIATION OF NONPROFITS offers classes this Fall in: building a volunteer network, making effective presentations, grant writing 101, facilitating great meetings, strategic planning, liability insurance, and facilitative leadership. FMI: www.nonprofitmaine.org/learn
A SENSE OF PLACE: Textile Art Interpretations, by Catherine Worthington. Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick through Jan. 13, 2014. Artist Talk, Dec. 5, 4-4:30; Reception, 4:30-6 p.m. FMI: 800-729-8033
CRAFTS OF THE LAND & SEA, at Island Institute/Archipelago Gallery, through mid-March. Stephanie Crossman is one of nine artists to have work exhibited in this show. Her three-dimensional netted creations, including a jellyfish, sea urchins, a bee and a luna moth, will be displayed. FMI: www.thearchipelago.net
FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM announces Fall exhibitions: "Bojagi and Beyond," through January 26, 2014, featuring 10 Korean artists working in the traditional manner using this traditional Korean textile technique, alongside RISD students using contemporary applications of the technique. "Fashion in Motion," November 2, a fashion event celebrating the "Bojagi & Beyond" exhibition. "All Things Considered VII," presented by the National Basketry Organization (NBO), November 23, 2013-February 23, 2014, a biennial juried and invitational exhibition featuring traditional and sculptural basketry that demonstrates superior technique, original concept and design. Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 10-5; Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., free admission. FMI: 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301, www.fullercraft.org
NEW ENGLAND QUILT MUSEUM, Lowell, MA hosts: "Roots of Modern Quilting," Oct. 17-Dec. 28; "Quilt Japan," Jan. 16-April 12, 2014; and "Charmed: Every Piece is Different," April 17-July 6, 2014. FMI: www.nequiltmuseum.org
PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART BIENNIAL 2013: Piece Work is on view through January 5, 2014. This is the eighth in an ongoing series of juried exhibitions showcasing work by living artists. FMI: www.portlandmuseum.org
THE ART FACTORY TEXTILES SHOW. A collection of exhibitions, site-specific installations, runway-style fashion shows and live performances featuring local and international artists with an emphasis on textile manufacturing and the historical context of the Paterson Mill District. Also coincides with Fashion Week in NYC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Interwoven Globe, The Worldwide Textile Trade 1500-1800" exhibition. The Art Factory is located at 70 Spruce Street, Paterson, NJ 07501, and this show is on view through Dec. 28, 2013. FMI: 973-ART-1500; www.artfactory.us.com
INTRODUCING: THE ROBOT, THE ROOSTER, THE RED DRESS AND THE BLUE INDIAN, JME Smith. At Reed Art Gallery, 181 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769, Dec. 2-January 13. Reception: Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. with Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m.
CRAFTBOSTON SPRING AND CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY SHOWS: CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY SHOW at Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay area, Dec. 6-8, 2013. Craftboston Spring is April 4-6, 2014 at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts; Craftboston Holiday in 2014 will be December 5-7, (proposed dates) at Hynes Convention Center. FMI: Alyce Delbridge, www.societyofcrafts.org
PENOBSCOT MARINE MUSEUM seeks demonstrators to showcase their 18th or 19th century craft tradition for "Crafts on Campus" during Wednesdays and Saturdays. FMI: Kathy Goldner, 207-548-2529 x. 216
THE PORTAGE COMPANY is a new business located at 813 U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich launched by the owners of Georgetown Pottery, who already have highly-successful stores in three locations. Owner Jeff Peters offers Maine-made home furnishings and fine art. Hours are 10-5 every day. According to an article in The Times Record [Oct. 23, 2013], "Future plans include further developing the store's collection of artists, woodworkers, metalsmiths and craftspeople....and [offering] the fine art of Maine's talented and lesser-known artisans." This is a great opportunity! FMI: 207-443-1058
ALLISON COOKE BROWN has a piece included in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial 2013. The exhibition is on view Oct. 3, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014. Brown also has worked included in the book 500 HANDMADE BOOKS, Volume 2 published recently by Lark (larkcrafts.com)
CRAFT IN AMERICA announces Season 5 of the Peabody Award-winning series "Craft in America" premiering on PBS this fall, three episodes "featuring artists who transform humble materials into works of function and enduring beauty." The three episodes include FORGE, October 25, profiling a silversmith, master metal sculptor, and "art as an antidote to the harsh realities of war"; HOLIDAY, December 20, celebrating several artists, wood carver, gingerbread house chefs, tamales, luminaries, ornaments and a Mexican Tree of Life; and INDUSTRY, exploring the business of craft including boatbuilding, quilting, textile manufacturing, and the successful online craft market place, Etsy. FMI: www.craftinamerica.org
ETSY now boosts more than 900,000 sellers on its online marketplace "where people sell handmade and vintage goods that include jewelry, candles, clothes and art.... The Etsy community generated more than $895 million in sales in 2012. Sellers pay a listing fee of 20 cents for each item added to their shop, and Etsy retains 3.5 percent of the sale." These facts appeared in the article, "Made by hand, sold online," in the Maine Sunday Telegram, 10/6/2013. According to the article, Etsy now has, "300 million members in 200 countries...... [and one] 'team' of Maine-based shops on the site has more than 700 members."
MAGGIE MUTH IN CHINA. Maggie writes us about the fiber scene in China. "It has been a record hot summer in Shanghai. In order to stay cool, I have spent a lot of time inside of cavernous spaces viewing great works of art. Kaarina Kaikkonen’s installation at K11 Art Mall is the second contemporary fiber art show I have seen in Shanghai. The first I saw was at the Shanghai MOCA; freely hand-stitched work by recent art school graduates. This tells me that contemporary fiber art is up and coming here in this bustling newly-modernized city in Southeast China. Kaarina Kaikkonen is a Finnish artist whose work encompasses sculpture, installation, architecture and politics. The work at K11 Art Mall is entitled “Are We Still Going On?” Using second-hand (donated) shirts, primarly in white and pastel colors, Kaikkonen installed the shirts in a boat-shaped manner, with the male styled shirts on one side of the boat-like hull and the female style shirts opposite. Hanging on draped wire, the arms of each shirt reaches out and touches the one next to it. Beautifully lit and with a slight movement from the air conditioning, the exhibition evoked a feeling of angels hovering quietly all around. Perhaps Kaikkonen was conjuring up the spirits of the garment workers who labored over production sewing machines in the installation space when it was the Max Mara garment factory."
MID COAST HOSPITAL seeks knitters and crocheters willing to make purple-colored baby caps as part of a campaign to raise awarness about the "Period of Purple Crying." Babies often cry for a period of weeks or months after birth which can be frustrating for parents. Parents need to know they can put the infant down in a safe place at these times and walk away. Purple caps can remind them. Caps are being colleced at the MCH Walk-In Clinic at Brunswick Station. FMI: www.CLICKforbabies.org
STEPHANIE CROSSMAN is in the latest edition (Sept. 2013) of THE CRAFTS REPORT, a trade publication. She has also been invited to participate in any of the American Craft Council shows. Of the four national shows, she will participate in the Baltimore show in February of 2014 and the Atlanta show in March of 2014. She is currently in galleries in Vinalhaven, North Haven and Bar Habor, and is doing shows around the state.
HEARTWOOD COLLEGE OF ART in Kennebunk is moving to the North Dam Mill in Biddeford. They will retain their "low-residency MFA's Program," but are divesting of many looms, fiber supplies and fiber equipment. They hope to have a fiber yard salel in the Fall, but are reaching out to Maine's fiber community now. FMI: www.heartwoodcollegeofart.org; 207-985-0985
PORTFIBER is the new name for Portland Fiber Gallery & Weaving Studio now that new owner (but continuing employee) Casey Ryder has taken the reins. Melodi Hackett continues to weave in her studio at A Gathering of Stitches nearby, but Casey will continue the yarn shop at 50 Cove Street in Portland. Stop by to wish her well. FMI: www.portfiber.com
- www.mainefiberresourceguide.com, Maine Fiberarts’ online directory for Maine’s fiber community is free to be listed. The Resource Guide takes the place of our Tour Map and is THE place we direct visitors to. Fill out the online form, or call Christine or Debbie at Maine Fiberarts and we will assist you: 207-721-0678. MAINE FIBER RESOURCE GUIDE,
- FIBER FOLIO—folio.mainefiberarts.org—is our new photo-illustrated tour to fiber, art, craft and farms across Maine and beyond. Always new profiles and changing content, profusely-illustrated and colorful. A living tour map. Check it out!
- Maine Fiberarts has added CLASSIFIED ADS to our Maine Fiber Resource Guide. Listings are FREE for members at the Professional Level ($60/year) or higher. Select "Classified Ads" from the drop down category list to add your listing.
A GATHERING OF STITCHES in Portland is hosting several workshops: "Machine Knitting Orientation," "Holidays by Hand," "Pattern Making," and "A-Line Skirt Sewing," (dates on website). Plus, "Two Color Knitting," and "Scandinavian Colorwork," with Mary Jane Mucklestone, both on Nov. 23. Also, a Nov. 13 Trunk Show for Yoked, the latest collaboration between Hannah Fettig of Knitbot and Pam Allen of Quince & Co., 6-8 p.m. FMI: 54 Cove Street, Portland, 207-747-5015; www.agatheringofstitches.com
PORTFIBER CLASSES: Needle Felted Santa with Kathleen Gerdes; Dec 5, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Needle Felted Ornaments with Kathleen G; Dec 7, 9:30am-11:00am, Spinning 101 with Casey, First of 4 Sessions. FMI: portfiber.com
KATE CHENEY CHAPPELL CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS presents: a lecture, "Two Book Artists: Mary Howe and Erin Sweeney," Nov. 13, 7 p.m., 7th floor, Glickman Family Library. Exhibition: "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here," Jan. 27-May 1, 2014. "Book Arts Bazaar," April 6, 10-3, festival for book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, and writers at the Wishcamper Center. At the Pope-Cheney Art Studio Wishcamper Center: an exhibition: "Art 241: The Visual Book (Books by USM Students)," Dec. 2013, Jan., Feb. 2014. FMI: usm.maine.edu/bookarts
GALLERY TALK AND WORKSHOP by visiting artist, designer, author, researcher, engineer, Seung Chan Lim, November 16, at 2:00 pm at the George Marshall Gallery, 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. In his presentation, “Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Making,” Slim (as he is known) will share his experience of how and why realizing empathy is at the heart of the creative process. The 45 minute presentation will be followed by a one hour workshop/discussion. Slim holds a BS in computer science from Carnegie Mellon university, MBA from Point Park university, MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. FMI: Sarah Haskell, 207-351-1985, www.sarahhaskell.com
LONG BRANCH SCHOOL OF MAINE has Fall 2013 classes in: "Beginning Knitting," "Using Low Tunnels for Garden Season Extension," "Wild Food Foraging Walk," "Bread Baking," "Introduction to Chair Caning," "Introduction to Furniture Making," "Create Your Canvas Floor Cloth," "Felt Inspirations," "Create Your Own Rag Rug," and "Beginning Cold Process Soap Making." FMI: www.longbranchschool.com; 207-666-8900
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART: Fall Continuing Studies Program offers classes relating to fiber arts: "Programming for Artists and Designers," "Drawing Essentials," "Sailor Knotting for the Jeweler," "Fashion Sewing," "Glass Beads: a 4-Week Intensive," "Color Theory and Composition," "Intermediate/Advanced Photography," "Contemporary Processes in Printmaking," "Photoshop Crash Course," "Narrative Mapping," "Interior Decorating," "Bracelets, Bangles and Cuffs," "Learning to See: Portraiture Workshop," and "Picture Books." Print catalog available. FMI: 207-699-5061; www.meca.edu
MAINE FIBERARTS hosts "Knitting the Half Moon Shawl," with Linda Clutterbuck, November 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Create a small shawlette, shoulder-sized shawl, or full-sized shawl. Use the simple and tried-and-true feather and fan stitch or the beautiful Estonian Star pattern. Get tips on finishing with picot edgings or after-thought edgings. Fees: $38 for Maine Fiberarts' members; $50 for nonmembers. FMI: www.mainefiberarts.org/cfi-classes/190-cfi-classes
NORTHEAST HANDSPINNERS ASSOCIATION presents The Gathering, Nov. 7-9, 2014, Sunday River, Newry, Maine. Mentors include: Rudy Amann, Katharine Cobey, Ray Cooper, Abby Franquemont, Amy King, Louise Lortie, Josette McWilliams, John Mullarky, Pogo Pogorelc, Robin Russo, Myrna Stahman, Elaine Schuller, and a Wrinkle in Thyme Farm. Workshops include: Spinning, Combing, Tablet Weaving, Core Spinning, Felt Scarves, Buttons, Fiber Prep, Silk, and Knitting, among others. Speakers include slideshows by: Christine Macchi of Maine Fiberarts, Nov. 7; and Linda Cortwright of Wild Fibers Magazine, Nov. 8. FMI: www.nehandspinners.org
PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS offers "Altered Structures," with Rachel Meginnes; "Maximalist Embroidery," with Rebecca Ringquist; "Personal Cartography," with Robin Johnston; and "The Art of the Cocktail Hat," with Leigh Magar. FMI: www.penland.org
SHAKERAG WORKSHOPS 2014 Session One: June 8-14: "Natural Dyes, Natural Words: Dyeing Colors and Inventing Color Language," Catharine Ellis and Deborah Frasier; "Sculptural Approaches to Handmade Paper," Erica Spitzer Rasmussen; "The Stitcherly Book," with Jody Alexander, plus other workshops. Session Two: June 15-21: "Sculptural Weaving," Nathalie Miebach; "Design and Make! Your Own Clothes," Cal Patch; "Boro Transformed: Patched, Pieced, Stitched and Dyed in Greenest Indigo," with Yoshiko Wada, plus other workshops. FMI: 931-598-5651 x3165; www.shakerag.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
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.
Members, your regular Meet-Up could be posted here.
To the Quimby Family Foundation, the USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program, the Betterment Fund, and the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Fund for major support during 2013.
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