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FIRST THINGS FIRST

June and July are the best months to renew or join since our membership year runs from June to June and your renewals are being matched by our generous donor, Mary Lou Steptoe in honor of Maine artists. If you haven't already, please be sure to renew or join as a member. We had a wonderful outpouring of renewals and donations in response to our last newsletter and raised nearly $8,666 toward our $10,000 goal. We are so close. Thank you!! 

Members: please email up to 10 high resolution images of your work so that we may update our files.
 
JOIN OR RENEW NOW
We still accept cash and checks, too. You may pay with cash if stopping by our Topsham headquarters (yes, we are now open!) on Wednesday-Friday, 11-3, Saturdays by chance or appointment; or mail a check to the address way below.

For those choosing not to renew, after July 31st, we will be clearing out our in-house database, deleting images from our Photo Libraries, removing items from our Online Shop, and taking materials off our Center/Gallery Pocketboard. So sad! While this newsletter is free for everyone interested, we need your support to help make Maine fiber thrive. Many thanks to our members who make Maine Fiberarts possible!

 

Above: "Sunset" art quilt by Wendy Rose of Winding Rose Studio in Bowdoinham. Crocheted blanket and temari-wrapped circles are part of the collection of amazing paintings, textiles and antiques found at the home of Steven Stern and Arlene Morris.

A LITTLE MEMBER NEWS

"Way of Life" by Susan Ferraro is a hooked work that will be shown at Rug Hooking Week.

BARBARA BURNS had her beautiful studio and gardens profiled this Spring on Maine Fiberarts’ Fiber Folio website: https://www.mainefiberfolio.com/barbara-burns-tapestry-studio/

MAUREEN GIUFFRE is the editor of American Needlepoint Guild’s national magazine called "Needle Pointer," a prolific stitcher, and the author of a new book coming out July 15 entitled TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A STOCKING STITCHER. Maureen also has a large loom to sell. Email maureengiuffre@gmail.com

STEPHANIE CROSSMAN and her revival of the art of knotted netting are the focus of an article in "Creative Maine" called “Tying the Knot.” https://creativemainemag.com/stephanie-crossman-netting/

C. SUSAN FERRARO, of Harpswell will have a solo exhibition at Sauder Village's annual Rug Hooking Week, an international conference held in Acton, Ohio each August. Susan will show an amazing collection of originally-designed hooked works with nautical themes and scenes from fishing communities.

New member FERRY BEACH RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTER, located in Saco, hosts fiber events, “Quilting by the Bay” (August 28-Sept 3), and great food and is interested in offering more fiber workshops. The Center hosts cottages, campsites, two playgrounds, halls, an art studio, outdoor chapel, fire pit, and the beach. Contact Kate Nicoll, Program/Events Coordinator, at knicoll@ferrybeach.org

Weaver SARAH HASKELL is showing work now through July 31 at the Paula Estey Gallery, 3 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA 01950; 978-376-4746. The exhibit—“The Environmental Show”—is a multi-media exhibition by New England artists about nature’s impermanence.

NATASHA KEMPERS-CULLEN of 3 Willis Road, Bowdoinham, Maine 04008 is having a Bead Bazaar Yard Sale with loose beads, finished jewelry, and accessories. The sale takes place Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FMI: nkempers-cullen@comcast.net

Berri Kramer of FLYING WITH SCISSORS offers a Stitching Residency in San Gemini, Italy, October 9-16, 2021. The retreat includes reservations at a 14th-century palazzo, chef-created meals, group critiques with fellow fiber artists, and a day trip to Orvieto. Only two spots left. FMI: www.flyingwithscissorsstudio.com

ELIZABETH MILLER of Parris House Wool Works has a new book out: HERITAGE SKILLS FOR CONTEMPORARY LIFE, published by Down East Books, with instructions and photos on keeping chickens or bees, preserving food, making soap, hooking rugs, gardening and more. Recipes and how-to ideas are included. Available at www.parrishousewoolworks.com

SUSAN MILLS will exhibit work with Nancy Marstaller and Sara Palumbo for a weekend show August 7-8 from noon-5 p.m. at Susan Mills Studio, 736 Millay Road, Bowdoin, Maine 04287. The event is called “Tracking Spirit.”

WAYNE MYERS of BeauChemin Preservation Farm, 1749 Finntown Road in Waldoboro, offers farm tours, fleeces, displays of 18th and 19th century spinning wheels, a barn loom, and wearables made by Wayne with Nuno-felting on vintage American and Asian fabrics. Email: HeritageFarmer@me.com

LINDA PERRY has opened a small retail shop in Damariscotta called Harbor Yarns, open Wed-Sat, 11-4 and by appointment. Perry stocks her own line of hand-dyed yarns using natural dyes and specializing in indigo, single breed yarns from Maine sheep, specialty yarns, kits, velvet scarves, Japanese Shibori pattern scarves, and Dorset buttons. She is located across the hall from Elaine Eskesen’s Pine Tree Yarns at 74 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME  04573; LMMPerry@verizon.net

WENDY ROSE of Winding Rose Studio in Bowdoinham is making and selling lovely quilts and has added a new one to our Online Art Shop: https://maine-fiberarts.square.site/product/visions-of-japan-quilt/182

From a collection of paper maché constructed wildlife and bird sculptures seen at the studio of Hugh Verrier in Eustis on our latest trip to Rangeley and surrounding towns in search of artists in Western Maine. Fiber Folio story coming up!

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