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Bangor area artists in USM textile exhibit

Lewiston, ME -

LEWISTON – The Atrium Art Gallery at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College highlights the beginning of their exhibition season with a textile-focused exhibit titled “Altering Matters: New Work by Maine Members of the Surface Design Association.” The exhibition continues through November 30.

Over 30 artists from around the state, all members of the Surface Design Association, present textile arts that are dyed, painted, stitched, knitted, woven, felted, and printed. As a group, they are a family of dedicated artists and designers who generously share what they make and how they think about what they make. As individual artists, they create multi-disciplinary work that encompasses ancient as well as the most recent technologies.

The Surface Design Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1977, has more than 4000 members around the world – a broad spectrum of textile practitioners including studio artists, industrial designers, educators, technicians, curators, gallery owners, interior designers, students, and enthusiasts.

Artists in the Exhibition are Karen Anne Baldauski, Libby Barrett, Beth Helene Berman, Allison Cooke Brown, Elizabeth Busch, Mary Allen Chaisson, Katharine Cobey, Danny Evarts, Sallie Findlay, Kathleen Goddu, Katherine Harman Harding, Sarah Haskell, Kate Henry, Christine Leith, Stephanie G. Levy, Denise Linet, Phyllis Harper Loney, Susan Mills, Jennifer Lee Morrow, Susan Colburn Motta, Karen Lee Munson, Susan Perrine, Shira Singer, Jill Snyder Wallace, Susan M. Wierzba, Susan Winn, and Catherine Worthington.

The exhibit also includes the work of five poets with textile-related poems to add a literary element to the exhibition. Poets are Pam Bernard, Moira Linehan, Joan Mazza, Elizabeth Oakes, and Sally Woolf-Wade.

Two Surface Design Association members will be offering workshops at USM Lewiston-Auburn College.

A two- hour workshop on dyeing silk scarves, will be led by Katherine Harding, Osprey Cove Studio from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 16 – who will guide participants through the steps from washing to dyeing to ironing a finished silk scarf. The workshop, “Dyeing Silk Scarves” will also include a brief history of dyes, silk, and color as part of this hands-on workshop.

Susan Perrine will provide instruction and materials to create a one-of-a-kind 10″ square felted image in her workshop, “Felted Landscapes”  From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. The workshop includes a technique of stitching layers together between soluble paper, then immersing in water to dissolve the paper.

Both workshops are for adults and teens. Registration and fee information are available at www.usm.maine.edu/lac/art or by contacting Robyn Holman, 207-753-6554 or holman@usm.maine.edu

The Atrium Art Gallery is located in the hub of the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, offering interdisciplinary bachelor and graduate degree programs with both on-site and online classes.

The exhibit continues through November 30. Concurrent with “Altering Matters” is the “New Mainers: Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors,” a photography exhibition in the Hall Gallery.

The Atrium Art Gallery is located at USM, Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call 753-6500; www.usm.maine.edu/lac/art.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Robyn Holman

Telephone Number: (207)753-6554

Website: http://usm.maine.edu/lac/art

Email: holman@usm.maine.edu