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SPRING NEWS

It’s a beautiful May. All around are fruit trees in blossom, daffodils, tulips, rhubarb, magnolias and the first green grasses. It’s that perfect time when days are warm, yet the night air is still cool. Fiber Frolic, a hooking cruise, free giveaways of fabric samples,  a fiber retreat, and workshops are all coming up. Find details in our online Bulletin.

Monson Arts phoned with a special offer to send two Maine Fiberarts’ members to their craft school for a workshop on quilting with Susie Brandt this June-July. We put members’ names in a hat and drew our winners: Deb Merrill and Kathy Angel Lee. Congratulations and thank you, Monson Arts.

Visitors are picking up copies of our Learning Guide and browsing through workshops and teachers. Cultural Alliance of Maine met recently and declared that “learning while vacationing” is a hot trend in heritage tourism circles. Our Guide lists 100 teaching artists and places throughout Maine where one may learn a new fiber technique. Get your copy through our Online Art Shop or at the gallery.

Want to know more about Monson Arts? Their programs are listed in our Learning Guide and in a Fiber Folio Story.
 

SPRING/SUMMER HOURS

Our gallery reopens to the public on June 15 with regular hours and a new exhibition. Hours will be Wednesday-Friday, 11-3; Saturday, 11-2. Until then, we are open by chance or by appointment. Christine travels to Western Maine the first week of June and we need volunteers to occasionally sit the gallery during Spring and Summer. Please be in touch.

MEMBER MATCH

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about joining Maine Fiberarts to have work represented in our libraries, on our walls, or in our cases. We will be rolling out our membership drive soon and are working on our behind the scenes technology to enable people to make recurring donations if they choose. All NEW memberships and donations received during 2022 will be matched by two generous donors. Please help us meet this $10,000 new member goal which will result in $20,000 of support. Your donations help us travel the state working on projects, mount exhibits, greet the public, make referrals to the public looking for art or finding open studios and so much more. Thank you!! Already a member? Why not subscribe as a gift for a friend or co-worker? More details coming in our next newsletter.

CALL FOR UPCOMING SHOWS

Calling Maine Fiberarts members: We are seeking images of new work to consider for our 2022 exhibitions. Members are invited to email up to 10 images of work available for exhibition and sale at any time throughout the year, but show organizers are looking now. Send high resolution images (about 5 MB files) to Christine. If you are not yet a member, but plan to become a member this year, please include a note to that effect with your image(s).

GLASS CASE MINI SHOW

We are also looking for small art and craft items that fit in our glass cases—handmade books, felted vessels, great hats, woven textiles, sculptural work—that measures within the 15” cube. These items will be on display and for sale during Spring and Summer. If you have as many as 20 special works, you could have your own mini show! Otherwise we’ll look for a variety of work. Send images and we’ll be in touch!
 

ONLINE ART SHOP

Speaking of the glass cases, work on our current Online Art Shop consists of the items now in our glass cases. This work will be changing as we prepare our galleries for new shows. However, while the items are still available, please take the opportunity to support Maine artists and treat yourself to a silk project bag, eco-printed scarf, painted canvas book, patchwork pillow, or felted bowl. Visit our online shop and discover a bit of Maine.

THE STORY PROJECT

We are having the most fun visiting fiber groups, interviewing artists for our project “The Story of Fiber Art in Maine During the Past Half Century as Told By the Artists.” So far, we have begun posting stories to our Fiber Folio under a new menu item (The Story of Fiber Art). There, you can read about Seacoast Ruggers of York, Maine Tin Pedlars, Wiscasset Fiber Group, and Alfred at Oceanwood. We also heard a lecture by Judith Hotchkiss on the history of punch work through its tools and interviewed friends of Liz Stoyko. We photographed Faith Webster’s “History of the Town of York,” Janis Ricker’s “Ricker Lobster Co.” as well as numerous other hooked rugs. Seacoast Ruggers brought in a display of hundreds of rugs that filled their meeting space floors.

Rug hookers are honored by the interest in their work and enjoy seeing each other’s work. And, we’re already seeing great results: both Tin Pedlars and Seacoast Ruggers will show work at the international Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village in Ohio, where this year’s special theme is on “Maine Fiber Art” and where Susan Ferraro of Harpswell will have a solo show. RHW Coordinator Kathy Wright has reached out to Maine Fiberarts for referrals. Artists who rug hook, rug punch, braid, felt, appliqué or do punch needle should get in touch with Kathy Wright asap at wrighttraditions@aol.com; 513-757-4144.

Visiting Seacoast Ruggers came as a suggestion from a recent newsletter request, and we are following up on others. Suggestions of individuals or groups to profile for The Story of Fiber are always welcome. Please let us know.
 

Photos above: Shibori Art Scarf by Linda Perry on our Online Art Shop; portrait of a dog (in progress) by Pamela Bartlett as seen at Tin Pedlars in Scarborough; kitty is "Fin McCool" hooked by Lorraine Lyden; and a colorful VW bus quilt by Donna Hezlep, a coordinator for Tin Pedlars.

PHOTOGRAPHING WORK

Throughout the winter, we’ve photographed artwork collections by several artists, including the work of Mary Allen Chaisson and Elizabeth Stoyko which will go into commemorative online galleries for our Story of Fiber Project. If you have a hooked portrait pillow by Liz Stoyko, we’d love to photograph it to include in an upcoming story.
 

Photos above: "Ricker Lobster Co." by Janis Ricker as seen as Seacoast Ruggers of York. "C is for Clothespin," by Joan Day as seen at Wiscasset Fiber Group. Joan repeated the outline of a wooden clothespin to design this hooked rug. Fascinating!

Ruth Bader Ginsberg portrait pillow hooked by Elizabeth Stoyko.

A woven wall piece by Mary Allen Chaisson.

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