Midcoast work in ‘Inspired Hand IV’

Jan 28, 2014
A round black ash and sweetgrass basket by Gerald "Butch" Jacobs of Waldo is part of the juried state-wide exhibition "The Inspired Hand VI" at USM's Lewiston-Auburn Campus.

Lewiston — “The Inspired Hand VI” runs through March 15 at the University of Maine’s Atrium Gallery, 51 Westminster St. The juried biennial exhibition of work by members of the Maine Crafts Association features work by 56 artists from around the state, including a number from the Midcoast.

The exhibition, juried by noted arts writer Carl Little, includes work in all media including ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, wood, fiber and stone with furniture, jewelry, textiles, pottery, Native American baskets, prints and sculptural works. Most are available for purchase.

Midcoast artists with work in the show include Holly Berry of Waldoboro, Katharine Cobey of Cushing, Lisa Cooley of Jackson, Janelle Delicata of Prospect, Gerald Jacobs of Waldo, Sarah Koelbl of Stockton Springs, Willy Reddick of Belfast and Barbara Walch of Thorndike.

The nonprofit Maine Crafts Association, founded in 1983, is a Maine-based arts organization dedicated to creating opportunities for Maine craft artists to develop their professional careers through educational and marketing programs, as well as to increase their income through retail and wholesale sales. The MCA serves craft artists throughout the state with educational activities such as workshops and conferences; promotion of Maine Craft Saturday; Haystack Workshop Weekend; a Master Craft Awards program; and exhibition and demonstration opportunities. Members also have access to markets such as wholesale and retail tradeshows, the Center for Maine Craft and seasonal craft markets. For more information, visit mainecrafts.org.

In 2000, the Atrium Art Gallery, working in collaboration with the Maine Crafts Association, hosted “The Inspired Hand.” Its success led to the development of the biennial exhibition as a showcase of work by members of the Maine Crafts Association. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 753-6500 or visit usm.maine.edu/atriumgallery.

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

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