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Searsport -

Chinese Tray

SEARSPORT -¬† Penobscot Marine Museum will present a series of art workshops entitled “Inspired by the Oriental Trade” in July. Participants will learn a variety of art techniques and create beautiful objects inspired by 19th century artifacts in the museum’s collections. Projects will include a Japanese tea box, watercolor- painted fans, an orihon accordion book, a habotai scarf, and a lacquered tray. Workshops will take place on four Tuesdays from 1:00-4:00pm on July 6, 13, 20, and 27.

“Like other travelers, sea captains have always collected souvenirs,” said workshop co-instructor Betty Schopmeyer, the museum’s education director. “Penobscot Marine Museum maintains a collection of arts and craft items collected in China and Japan by 19th century sea captains from Searsport, and these items will provide inspiration for the workshop projects.”

Participants will view the museum’s exhibits of Oriental artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at many other items in the museum’s collections, according to Cathy Melio, the museum’s program and outreach coordinator and the workshops’ other instructor.

All levels of experience are welcome and instruction will be tailored to individual needs. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Cost for the series is $160, plus a materials fee of $75. Museum members receive a 10% discount. For more information or to register call 207 548 2529 or email bschopmeyer@pmm-maine.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Betty Schopmeyer

Telephone Number: 207-548-2529

Website: http://www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org

Email: bschopmeyer@pmm-maine.org