Board of Directors and Advisors

Gallery space at Maine Fiberarts

Staff: Christine Macchi, Dresden—Executive Director of Maine Fiberarts since 2000 who founded the organization, Christine is an advocate for art and farms, a fiber craftswoman who spins and knits, and an avid photographer. Over the years, she has worked with trustees, members, volunteers and with Carol Jones to accomplish projects that have galvanized awareness for fiber. Macchi is also responsible for garnering financial support from sources including: Maine Community Foundation, Quimby Family Foundation, Northeast SARE, National Endowment for the Arts, USDA, and many others.

Staff: Carol Jones, Port Townsend, WA— IT, Web Development, Graphic Design, Carol has background and expertise in sheep farming and fiber production, database management, graphic and knitwear design, publication production, and web development. She has created many seasonal and yearly consumer and wholesale printed buyer directories helping food and farm producers increase their direct sales. Both Carol and Christine created the print version of the second Maine Fiberarts Tour Map entirely in-house. Carol created and manages several websites including Maine Fiberarts’ websites: mainefiberarts.org and mainefiberfolio.com

Carolyn Wollen, Falmouth—Board Chair, has been a strong supporter of Maine Fiberarts and is a true devotee of Maine art and craft who quilts and weaves. She travels extensively, including internationally, to see fiber art.

Arlene Morris, Brunswick—Board Secretary, is a studio artist working in Topsham. She served as director of Spindleworks for ten years and is active in environmental, art, and community issues and guides the organization in curatorial matters.

 Dr. Donald Talbot, Lisbon Falls—Board Vice President—is Associate Professor of English and Fine Arts and Visual Arts Program Coordinator at Mount Aloysius College with a degree in Professional Crafts, graduate studies in art, and doctoral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His artwork has been featured in Fiberarts Design Books 6 and 7 and seen in shows and galleries across the United States. Dr. Talbot maintains a seasonal studio (Atelier 9) in Lisbon Falls, Maine.

Chris Antonak, Brunswick—is a fiber craftswoman who spins, knits, and hooks rug and also experiments with dyes, drawing and other art-making techniques. She creates originally-designed hooked rug footstools. Chris is one of the planners of Spa Knit & Spin which takes place in Freeport each February and is well-known throughout Maine's fiber community.

Elizabeth Busch, Glenburn—Elizabeth has been an artist all her life and an art quilter since 1983. She also worked as an architectural designer for several years and for the Percent for Art Program of the Maine Arts Commission. Elizabeth's work is shown widely in Maine and across the country, and she is an active teacher.

Katharine Cobey, Cushing—knitter, sculptor, artist and former Maine Fiberarts founding Board Member (2000-2004) maintains a studio in Cushing, has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and has exhibited artwork in Maine and national museums and galleries.

Barbara Goodbody, Portland—artist, photographer, Maine art enthusiast, and lover of fiber art, Barbara served on the board of Maine Media Workshops + College for a number of years and is a tireless advocate for Maine art and artists

Paul Hollingsworth & Arlene Morris, Brunswick—two artists/members who curate and install Maine Fiberarts’ exhibitions, and have done so, on a volunteer basis, since 2003.

Nelson Toner, Portland—an attorney with Bernstein Shur in Portland, serves on the board of Mercy Health Care System and has been with Maine Fiberarts since its inception as a volunteer.

Nancy Young, Winthrop, ME and PA—with homes in both Pennsylvania and Maine, Nancy has taught the art of rug braiding over many years and both far and wide. She, and several of her students, had a group show of braided rugs at Maine Fiberarts in the early days of our gallery. She is a huge proponent of our exhibits, visiting us each summer and carefully studying all the work she finds.