The annual statewide celebration highlights the work of local artists behind the scenes. This is the opportunity for people to see the work first hand.
MAINE, Maine – This weekend, artists and artisans in Maine showed people the work it takes to create their own unique artistic creations. This year, cities that included Bucksport, Bath, Biddeford, Gardiner, Ellsworth and Freeport.
“Maine Craft Weekend is all about supporting artists and craftspeople, so it was a perfect fit for us! Said Kathy James, owner of Lighthouse Gallery in Bucksport. “And how do they do it?” And that’s what makes it really fun and personal. “
James hosted a dozen different artists and artisans in his gallery, who showcased their art, which included everything from handwriting to thread, to felted soap and watercolors.
Elizabeth Duke owns Sheepy Hollow Farm in Bucksport, brought a few of her sheep and showed Mainers the yarn-making process.
“Once you paint it, a lot of that stuff just falls off,” Duke said.
Adina Salmansohn is one of the artists inside the gallery, creating yarn from wool. She is a teacher at Bucksport High School, but enjoys threading as a high school hobby.
Barbara Stainman demonstrated how to make felted soap. His felted soaps are also sold at the Lighthouse Gallery.
“I use the Marino wool that I created on this sump, in what is called a bat, and you can make the bat any color you want or however you like!” said Stainman.
Gallery owner Kathy James has been creating watercolor masterpieces for four decades. This weekend, she was showing clients the details necessary to achieve quality watercolors.
“It takes me 40 hours or more to do a painting because I love all those details!” said Jacques.
Author Jane Harvey Meade had a table with all of her books. She was singing the back of the book cover for people who bought one of her novels.
Opposite the Lighthouse Gallery, Port O’Call hosted Nantucket Basketmaker, Marlene Greenlaw of Bemela Baskets.
“It takes about a week to complete a basket,” Greenlaw said.
Greenlaw says it takes a lot of patience and determination to create Nantucket baskets.
“A Nantucket basket will last forever, it will outlive us!” Greenlaw said.
“It puts the spotlight on the artists, who normally often work independently at home or in their studios,” said Meg Keay, owner of Port O’Call at Bucksport.
Click here to learn more about Maine Craft Weekend.