WalkingWool Studio+Gallery, a new, home-based venture, has opened at 91 North Main St. (close to the corner of Warren Street). Fiber artist and photographer Lori E. Schafer operates the new project, which is open daily, year-round, by appointment or chance.

WalkingWool Studio+Gallery was created to Celebrate the Divine Ovine. In the studio, Schafer creates handspun yarn from sheep fleeces sourced as locally as possible. Naturally dyed yarns and fibers, handknit wearables and jewelry crafted from felted wool beads are created in the studio.

The gallery shows Schafer’s fiber work, as well as her fine art photography featuring fiber and other farm animal portraits. She also exhibits her large-scale drawings of organic vegetables, drawn in colorful palettes using chalk, charcoal and pastel. Supplies for other fiber artists are offered including natural rovings and fleece in assorted colors from a diverse range of sheep breeds, plus llama and alpaca fiber.

“Since moving to Rockland several years ago, I have been inspired by the wealth of natural and cultural resources all around us,” said Schafer. “Our farmers, artists, and nonprofit organizations make this region glow with creative possibility. It was time for me and WalkingWool to ‘go public’ so to speak, and to share my love of making with the Midcoast community.”

Schafer also offers one-on-one classes in spinning wool into yarn; and she is available for workshops, demos and presentations. With a background in fine arts, Schafer worked for years at museums and galleries; and operated her own public relations firm, specializing in nonprofit communications and fundraising. She moved to Rockland in 2013 with her husband, Jeff Wolff, and their two dogs.

For more information, visit WalkingWool Studio+Gallery online via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Blogger. Schafer also operates an online store on Etsy. To contact her directly, call 774-345-0838 or email walkingwool@gmail.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.