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2019 Early Winter

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

“Heart Work” is on view in our gallery now through December 28. The exhibit includes masterful hooked rugs by Harpswell artist Judy Wylie, improvisational quilts by Michael Stevenson, and artful gifts by Maine Fiberarts’ members. We’ll host a SPECIAL OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and we welcome exhibiting artists, members and friends to come stitch with us and greet the public. Refreshments will be served. Snacks and food contributions welcomed!

This year, we have hand sewn fabric bags, stitched needlecases, patchwork pillows, spirit papers, artist books, felted cuffs, handwoven neck pieces, hooked footstools and more. Our event was announced on Maine Calling as part of the Holiday Gift  Guide (thank you Jennifer Rooks). Come see!

MEMBERS, there is still time to bring us 1-3 small items for our glass cases. Bring us something beautiful that is for sale! Work is selling from our gallery.
 

Pictured above: "Urban Nocturne" improvisation quilt by Michael Stevenson, "Be Yourself" and "Autumn Vines," hooked rugs by Judy Wylie, as featured in "Heart Work" on view at Maine Fiberarts now.

ONLINE ART SHOP

Remember our Online Art Shop this holiday season when shopping for gifts. Limited edition handmade items of art and craft can be found HERE. Give yourself a gift! New work added regularly. Popular items sold thus far from our gallery and from our Online Art Shop: three Japanese totes and several needle cases by Barb Taylor, one of Michael Stevenson's quilts, a handwoven scarf by Christine Macchi, a hooked rug by Kathleen Bird, and many sewn cards by Arlene Morris. Come see!
 

Above: "Japanese Tote Bag" by Barb Taylor. 

FIBER ARTS AROUND TOWN

Katharine Cobey’s exhibition “A Different Voice” is at The Farnsworth Art Museum now through April 12, 2020. “People of the Dawn: The Art of the Mi’kmaq” is at University of Maine at Presque Isle through January 3. “Yuletide in a Yurt” is at Friends' Folly Farm in Monmouth November 29-December 22. “Designing Women” holds a show December 14 at Ocean Avenue School in Portland. Maine College of Art holds its Holiday Sale December 6 and 7. The work and studio of weaver Emi Ito appears in the November/December 2019 issue of “Maine Homes” after Maine Fiberarts recommended the editors contact her. See our Bulletin for these and more.
 

Above: Katharine Cobey's knitted sculpture on view at The Farnsworth.

HEADING TO SAUDER VILLAGE

This past September, Maine Fiberarts’ Director presented a slide talk about Maine fiber at the Harvest Hook-in which was well received (thank you, Allegra Kuhn for asking me to present). Event sponsor Stephanie Allen-Krauss of Green Mountain Hooked Rugs thanked us for portraying fiber art as integral to tourism, arts, and agricultural economies, having witnessed huge interest in rug hooking in her shop over many years. Rug hooker Susan Ferraro recommended that this slideshow be presented before a national and international audience at Rug Hooking Week this coming August. Show Coordinator Kathy Wright reviewed our website and said, “Maine is way ahead of others when it comes to fiber art.” Kathy has asked that Christine Macchi present a slide talk, a photography workshop, and an exhibit of Maine fiber work at Sauder Village in 2020. This is a great honor and sounds like a lot of fun. Plans are underway!
 

Above: Work in progress by Andre MacLean seen at the Harvest Hook-In.

NEW YORK SHEEP & WOOL FESTIVAL

Christine attended this Festival in Rhinebeck, NY this past October and was amazed at the record crowds, the vendors, the great quantities of yarn, and the knitwear fashions on fairgoers strolling by. New books and magazines, dog hair and bison fibers, crocheted and embroidered garments, hand-dyed yarns and fibers, cashmere and lace. A fabulous event! Start booking for next year: October 17-18, 2020.
 

Above: "Scalloped Shells" by Marion Schling, E. Branbush, NY; Knitted Shawl by Stacey Wypyski of Maine; and a view of the crowds on a beautiful Autumn day.

OUR ANNUAL APPEAL

Giving Tuesday comes up December 3 and now through the end of this year, Maine Fiberarts welcomes your donation, renewal or membership! For 2020, your gift makes possible: collaborative exhibits planned with Studio Art Quilt Association (summer) and with Northeast Feltmakers Association (fall); bringing an exhibition to Rug Hooking Week in Ohio (August) (Christine will need to rent a truck to drive an exhibit there and stay for one week); and printing and launching our newest book Learning Fiber Art: A Guide to Maine Teaching Resources. Your support allows us to update two websites, host exhibitions in our Topsham gallery, continue promoting our online and printed Tour Maps, host artist talks, add to our Bulletin, and photograph artists and events throughout New England. Remember: every dollar will be MATCHED by a benefactor who believes in our mission. Thank you to our donors, members and friends who are supporting Maine Fiberarts during 2019-2020. Support Maine Fiberarts now!
 

Above: Dahlias photographed in September at a small farm in Camden that hosts 4,000 varieties!

COMING SOON TO OUR FIBER FOLIO

New stories will be posted soon, but give us a week while we photograph and post new items to our Online Art  Shop.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Festival 2019
  • Harvest Hook-In 2019
  • Fibers/Mixed Media workshop by Lissa Hunter held at Monson Arts this past August and photographed by Stephanie Levy.

Hooked rug on progress by Jeanne Bellemore.

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