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A Pause for Reflection

Members and friends! We have decided not to hold exhibits this Summer. After reviewing Maine CDC guidelines, other galleries’ plans, and Maine Arts Commission safety recommendations, we concluded that there is no way to keep staff and visitors completely safe at our gallery from this pandemic. We will review the decision again in the Fall and hope for better news. Fiber Fridays are on hold also, though may go online soon.

We did receive funding from the Maine Arts Commission to re-envision our future. We want to canvas members, colleagues, friends and other nonprofits to see how to revise Maine Fiberarts’ projects and programs. Last month’s mini survey was a start. But what is your view? What programs you would like to see? How can we remake what we do to sustain the organization and become less reliant on grant funding? How can we take our creative work further? And what shall our goals be, both individually and collectively?

Later in this mailing we have described our current programs—with photos. What shall we add? Be in touch and share your insights. What better way to celebrate our twentieth year than to re-envision our future.

Above: Masks, in progress by Arlene Morris.

Hearing From You...

When we asked when we last spoke, in April, you answered. We had an outpouring of early renewals and upgraded memberships, plus several handsome donations. Thank you! This was heartwarming to receive in shaky times. In our survey, we wondered how you thought Maine Fiberarts could help support your creative work in the midst of the pandemic and in the future. There were seven choices. Of those who responded the most popular choice was to use our Online Art Shop to sell your items. Next was an interest in having us create "virtual" galleries. There were only a few votes for having us create individual portfolios of your work. For now, we have added a few new items to our Online Art Shop, and we are in discussions with the quilt makers and felters about creating these two (cancelled for now) shows as virtual galleries. One member asked that we get her body of work gifted to museums and that Maine Fiberarts accept her collection of art books. Another asked that we create a youtube video of handmade artists books. Carol took on work for a painter's website. Christine helped an artist by photographing her work and completing an online application for the CMCA Biennial. Still another has asked for photography tutorials. A board member recommended that we focus on the educational. If you filled out the survey, we will get back to you. But we need more input.

June is Membership Month

We will be emailing letters to all members who have not yet renewed their support for the 2020-2021 year. Please renew or join! A warm thank you to all who donated last month. The response was phenomenal and appreciated. To those who haven’t yet joined, we need your membership!

Pay on our website or through our Online Art Shop, or send a check payable to Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham 04086.

Once again, memberships received during 2020 WILL BE MATCHED by a generous donor who believes in our mission. Join, renew or donate and your contribution will be doubled!

Current and Ongoing Projects

As we plan for the future, we thought we'd outline, in visual form, some of the projects that Maine Fiberarts still currently creates.
Exhibitions may move online and be announced through our website and through Facebook, rather than the many postcards we've created over the years. Look for announcements of Folio visits, exhibits and new work on Maine Fiberarts' Facebook page.
Our first edition of this book, Fiber Art Masters, was a great hit and we'll be making more books. Stay tuned for information on other printing projects we are contemplating.
Our Learning Guide has nearly 100 listings of people and places that teach fiber art. We are still finalizing the last touches before we post online.
Our Fiber Folio website has studios, farms and learning centers, visited and photographed, from York to Eastport, Maine. See the latest entries about Monson Arts, the Harvest Hook-In, and the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. 
Maine Fiberarts Tour Map & Resource Guide is THE place we send inquiries. Get yourself listed free of charge if you work in fiber in Maine.
Our online Fiber Bulletin, faithfully updated in real time for all these years, has also been sheltering in place with so many things cancelled or postponed until further notice. As people and places begin to open up all over Maine, we will be actively posting news for the fiber community again on our website. Meanwhile, we hope you are enjoying our infrequent email news announcements like this to keep you current as we forge ahead.
Beautiful work! Unique one-of-a-kind hooked rugs, paper journals, patchwork quilts, knitted items and more can be found at our Online Art Shop. Support your local artists and handmade work.

(Stay at) Home Work

This is our newest story on our Fiber Folio. Since we have been working at home and some of us have been creating with fiber and other homey things, we decided we would put up a gallery of show-and-tell photos of what we have been making at home in this pandemic. If you have done some "home work" yourselves, just email us a few photos and we will post them and identify them as your work. These images are a sample of what you will see. Nothing is for sale, just for looking.
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