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A&C Recommends: Maine fiberarts exhibit in Glickman library

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

Posted on December 09, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Recommends
By Krysteana Scribner

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

The typical art exhibit one may imagine consists of painted canvas or pastel drawings. However, Fiberarts is a form of art that takes everyday items and makes it into something new.

Located in Glickman library on the 7th floor, USM is hosting a new exhibit titled, “Maine Fiberarts” which  showcases woven textiles, netted june bugs, collaged fabric, stitched landscapes and a variety of other unique art forms.

Maine Fiber arts is a non-profit located on Main St. in Topsham, Maine. Christine Macchi, executive director of the Maine Fiberarts Museum, said that Maine Fiberarts has been wanting to expand their exhibit beyond their own doors to other venues. When space became available at USM, they opened an exhibit for students and staff at the University to enjoy.

“It is a show of contemporary fiber arts by mostly Maine artists. There are 20 different items and it’s a wide variety of medium. There are items from Art quilts and patted lace to hand made books and beaded rocks,” said Macchi.

Two of the artists, Linda Brunelle and Lyne Beaulie come from Montreal. Roslyn Logsdon lives in Maryland and basketry maker Peggy Whitney Hobbs lives in Pennsylvania. The rest of the artists come from Maine and include Noreen Blaiklock, Barbara Burns and many others.

“All of these artists are such hard workers, because what they do requires hours and hours of handwork,” said Macchi.

Macchi also believes that the items in this exhibit are unique because we are seeing an expression of art that is trying to keep an old tradition alive.

“Netting bags used to be created as part of fisherman tradition, and some of the hand woven fish net art reflects some historical aspects in the most unique and intriguing ways,” said Macchi.

Macchi explained that the work is innovative as much as it is beautiful, and makes for an amazing celebration of handwork that everyone should take the chance to look at.

“It’s great to see what Maine artists are up to, and this exhibit broadens your ideas of what fiber involves and may even inspire viewers to try their own hand at something new,” said Macchi.

This exhibit at USM will be open until December 19th. If you don’t get a chance to see the exhibit at USM, Maine Fiberarts Center in Topsham will be having another exhibit that displays similar handcrafted works to the ones seen at USM.

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