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Wooden Boatbuilder Richard Stanley Awarded Traditional Arts Fellowship

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — We are pleased to announce Great Harbor Boatworks’ President and Master Boatbuilder, Richard Stanley, has been approved to receive a Traditional Arts Fellowship award from the Maine Arts Commission.

According to information provided by the Maine Arts Commission: “Mastering a traditional art calls for an understanding of a particular style or choice of materials, as well as a deep connection to place and local practices. These influences play an essential role in shaping a traditional artist’s work and/or repertoire. The Traditional Arts Fellowship Program seeks to honor Maine artists who have devoted their lives to keeping these traditions alive. Through their creativity and commitment, the cultural identity of an entire community is celebrated and reaffirmed.

“Traditional arts are passed down through the generations, reflecting the values and practices of a shared culture based on geography, language, religion, occupation, ethnic heritage, tribal affiliation or family background. “Boat building, basket making, wood carving, fly-tying, instrumental and vocal music, quilting, hooked or rag rug making and knitting are a few examples of traditional arts that are practiced in Maine. These arts are usually learned through observation and imitation at the hands of a master practitioner rather than through classes, books, the internet or academic training.” “A jury of out-of-state traditional arts specialists reviews applications.”

The jury’s recommendations were presented to the Maine Arts Commission which approved the selection process at its last regularly scheduled meeting.

“Traditional Arts Fellowship Grant proposals are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria: Artistic excellence. Cultural significance. Authenticity. Artist’s contribution to sustaining traditional art. Role of artist in their community.”

Richard Stanley is currently building a carvel-planked 19’ sloop-style daysailer with a local youth as a part-time apprentice on spec, among other projects. Richard and his wife, Lorraine, own and operate Great Harbor Boatworks in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Their boat yard specializes in the design, building and care of wooden boats and continues a legacy begun over 30 years ago by Richard’s father, Ralph Stanley. This award is funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Lorraine Stanley

Telephone Number: (207)244-3795

Website: https://www.facebook.com/GreatHarborBoatworks

Email: lorraine@greatharborboatworks.com