SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — We are pleased to announce Great Harbor Boatworksâ€™ 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: â€śMastering 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 artistâ€™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.
â€śTraditional 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. â€śBoat 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.â€ť â€śA jury of out-of-state traditional arts specialists reviews applications.â€ť
The juryâ€™s recommendations were presented to the Maine Arts Commission which approved the selection process at its last regularly scheduled meeting.
â€śTraditional 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.â€ť
Richard Stanley is currently building a carvel-planked 19â€™ 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 Richardâ€™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.
Contact Name: Lorraine Stanley
Telephone Number: (207)244-3795