The Camden Public Library welcomes fabric artist Carrie Connors Hedstrom to the Picker Room Gallery for the month of July. There will be an opening reception Monday, July 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Picker Room; and the art will remain on display for the whole month.

Hedstrom has been creating fabric art since 2003. She is mainly self-taught, but also credits several women including her mother, aunts and grandmother as inspirational mentors. In this show, she is exploring the relationship between her quilted art and her poetry.

Hedstrom’s images mostly depict the beauty of nature; movement and stillness; and the female form. The Goddess seems to find her way into many of her pieces. Hedstrom does all her work on her home machines, a Bernina 550 and a Janome 990, and she quilts all her pieces with free-motion machine quilting. Her work has won several awards over the years and has been featured in shows around the country.

Hedstrom has taught classes with the Continuing Adult Education program at Camden Hills Regional High School and will be holding a class in this fall’s session. She is also the owner/director of Quilter’s Getaway Weekends in Waterville Valley, N.H., a weekend-long retreat for quilters. She also takes on commission work from time to time; and travels to quilting guilds for trunk show presentations.

In addition to quilting, Hedstrom is a poet, dancer, singer, model/actress and mother to five beloved children.

“Like many people, I feel things very deeply. These feelings make their way into my work. For me, art transforms pain into beauty,” she said.

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