Gallery Exhibitions

It’s Political!

Last days to see our show of political work at Maine Fiberarts now through September 7. We’ve sold two major pieces from the show and had lots of discussions with visitors. This is a very moving exhibit that shows important artwork with a message. Please come see.

Above: "Liberty," by Arlene Morris and below, a floor cloth in Arlene's studio.

Up Next...

During September and October we’ll be showing paintings, hooked rugs and painted weavings by Allegra Kuhn and Peter Walls. Their studio/gallery in Stockton Springs is featured on our Fiber Folio where you can see a sneak preview of their work. We are finalizing details now, but look for the show to start around September 11 through November 2. We may be pairing their work with that of another artist. Stay tuned!

Below: Nature paintings and weavings by Allegra Kuhn and Peter Walls.

With Fondness and Respect

Fiber artist, weaver and educator—Michael Patterson of Seattle, Washington, and formerly, of Bowdoinham, Maine—passed away August 16 “after a tough year.” Over the course of his life, Michael mastered many fiber techniques and was a gifted teacher and demonstrator. He answered zillions of fiber-related questions while working at Halcyon Yarn and taught numerous folks to weave. He could also spin, knit, do kumihimo and fix any loom. Michael is survived by his wife Margaret and will be sorely missed by Maine’s fiber community.

2020 Collaborations

Exciting news! Maine Fiberarts is partnering with two organizations to host exhibitions next year in our gallery.
Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) has put a call out to 750 of its regional members (New York to Maine) for original quilts to be created along the theme of “Visionary.” The show will travel throughout New England during 2020-21, and Maine Fiberarts will host the Maine premiere, July 1-August 31, 2020 (reception: Sunday, July 12, 2020). Work will be juried by Carol Larson, must measure 20" x 20”, and will be accepted for jury starting December 1 through December 31, 2019. Selected quilts will be shown at the 2020 Vermont Quilt Festival preceding our show. Let’s have a great showing of work from Maine! You must be a member of SDA, but not necessarily of Maine Fiberarts, for this exhibition. Rana O’Connor is our Maine liaison, and Ellen Fisher of SDA has already come to see our gallery. Look for “SAQA Calls for Entry” and for “Visionary."

Above: A beautiful quilt seen at a SAQA quilt show held at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell; artist unknown.

Northeast Feltmakers Guild is also interested in showing work with us possibly next Fall. Kirsti Sandoy is our contact, and we have just begun a conversation to talk about logistics. This could be an important opportunity  to see what’s new in this field regionally. Be working on some great new pieces for us.

Above: Felted wrap and hat by Kirsti Sandoy.

Slide Talk at Harvest Hook-In

Maine Fiberarts’ director Christine Macchi will offer a slide talk at the Harvest Hook-In at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way in Brewer on September 21. The Hook-In takes place September 21-22 with “great vendors, door prizes, and wonderful food.” The event is sponsored by Green Mountain Hooked Rugs and is being coordinated by Allegra Kuhn. To prepare for the talk, Christine has been collecting images and photographing studios and work all summer long and has made some great discoveries. She’ll also show images of other interesting Maine fiber studios. Join us for a fun day.

Above: "Circles" by Harpswell artist Judy Wylie.

New on Fiber Folio

Altered Couture Fashion Contest–2019: A glorious fashion show set to Beatles’ tunes organized by Christine deTroy.
Hatchtown Dye Day: An impromptu natural dye day held at Hatchtown Farm in Bristol last week.
Popham Circle Quilt Show: quilts displayed at Popham Chapel during this past July.
Weaving at the Studio of Sara Hotchkiss: lavender, looms and students in Waldoboro.
Hooking Rugs with Judy Wylie: touring through the home and hooked work of master craftswoman Judy Wylie in Harpswell

Above: "Floral" by Judy Wylie. This piece will be offered for sale on our online Art Shop.

Many good things! Please enjoy our stories!

Did you know...

Each of the stories on Fiber Folio contains a gallery of images. When you click on any one of the images, you will see a self-running slideshow of large versions of all the images in that gallery. (Be sure to move your mouse near the edge and not over the top of the image.) Try it!


If you have saved a ink to our Fiber Folio (we hope you have), you should change it now. Fiber Folio has its very own URL now:


Our membership year runs from June to June, but it's not too late to join or renew for the rest of this year and into June of 2020. Use Paypal, pay through our Online Art Shop, call 207-721-0678 with your Visa or MasterCard, send a check to Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham 04086 or come visit with cash. Grants supporting the arts are harder and harder to come by. Please support the group that is working hard to support YOU and the fiber arts. Members retain images in our Photo Image Libraries, receive referrals, and have the opportunity to have work shown in our gallery and in our online Art Shop.

Above: handwork by Kathy Goddu.

Online Art Shop

Christine and Carol and Maine Fiberarts’ members have created a beautiful, useful online Art Shop with items of handmade art and craft for sale. These are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to give as gifts or to treat yourself. Handmade paper journals, hooked art, patchwork quilts, woven scarves, felted mittens, knitted items and more. New items going up quarterly. Members, if you would like to place an item in the online Art Shop for the holiday season, we’ll be putting work up during the last week of August and the first week of September. Be in touch if you’d like to sell something in the online Art Shop. The Shop is juried and requires an agreement to leave work up through the Holidays. Sales are split 60/40 (60% to artists) as in our Topsham gallery.

Above: "Home Demolition," by Judith Solomon is on view in our political show now at Maine Fiberarts. The piece is not for sale.

From Our Bulletin

Portland Fine Craft Show, August 24; Fiber College of Maine, September 4-8; Harvest Hook-In, September 21-22; “Art Tapestry: The New Wave,” at Down East Gallery throughout August; “Katharine Cobey: Art is Transformation,” at the Farnsworth starting October 5; “Hanging By a Thread” at UM Hutchinson Center, reception September 6; “It’s Political” at Maine Fiberarts through August 31. Plus meet-ups, news, workshops and classifieds (Natasha Kempers-Cullen selling her art books). News that comes to us each month via postcards, emails, word-of-mouth, and chatter gets shared on our Bulletin on an ongoing basis. Get your news here!

Above: Arlene Morris sews a giraffe on a Featherweight sewing machine.

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