ADA Boston Trip

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This past week I traveled to Boston with a friend from Spindleworks, Emma Becker. We went to represent Spindleworks at an art exhibit called “Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act Through Art”. There were artists from all over New England- Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut- including seven Spindleworkers! There was also a poetry reading and the poets were from as far as India. The poetry was about overcoming disabilities, and it was very powerful and well done. The show was held in a very big gallery on a side street in Boston- a really nice spot. It was the ADA center of Boston. The show was really a celebration of having a disability and expressing it through art. The works of art were all paintings in different styles. I did an acrylic painting of different types of squash, and Emma did a watercolor ocean scene. It was nice to represent Spindleworks and give out business cards- it made us feel like real, professional artists. It made me appreciate Spindleworks and the artwork that we have even more. It was like one big party!

To read more about the show and the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit: http://www.NewEnglandADA.org

Artwork (from top to bottom) by: Emma Becker, Terri Snape, Anna McDougal, Karen McGann, Melissa Capuano, Micah Webbert, and Sheri Davis. All photos by Anna McDougal.

-post by Spindleworks Artist Anna McDougal

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“Monochrome”- the Online Exhibition

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Can’t make it in to the Whatnot Gallery before the end of the month? No worries, you can now view the entire Monochrome show online! While this virtual exhibition is no replacement for the real thing, we’re thrilled to be able to share the wonderful work of our artists with an even greater audience. All pieces still available are for sale, and Spindleworks is accepting both phone and email orders. Call us at 207-725-8820 or send us an email at spindleworks@spindleworks.org for enquiries!  View the the fabulous online show here: http://spindleworks.culturalspot.org/home

A Beautiful Day for Clay

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Today really was the perfect day for pottery. Many Spindleworkers gathered outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and to take advantage of the clay studio- a seasonal activity that, at this time, is only available to artists in the summer. Today, artists worked on a variety of pieces at a variety of stages- some creating new forms, some glazing, and others performing a technique called sgraffito that involves carving into a painted piece with a sharp needle tool. For some of the artists, working with a new medium can be intimidating, but it seems that once they get their fingers into the clay they are hooked! The photographs above show Teresa painting the details of her Luke Bryan platter, Betty beautifully carving into a slab (that was eventually made into a votive holder), and Caroline glazing her “star bowl”. Many more fantastic pieces are featured in the Spindleworks store- where 75% of every purchase goes to the artist!

Fun at the Farmer’s Market

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Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day at the Brunswick Farmer’s Market, and the Spindleworks crew was in good spirits- drawing, hula-hooping, and sharing their work with the community. Most Tuesdays, a small group of artists and staff set up a sort of “pop-up shop” alongside the many local vendors to display (and hopefully sell) some of their art. Above all, the farmer’s market outings provide the opportunity for artists to engage with the greater community and, likewise, for community members to meet the amazing local artists of Spindleworks. As artist Kim Christensen remarks, “I like when people stop and talk to us and don’t judge, and say that we do beautiful work”. Kim is a very active participant in the farmer’s market outings, and does a wonderful job handing out brochures and peaking the interest of those who have never heard of Spindleworks before. So next Tuesday, if you are out and about shopping for produce, stop by the Spindleworks stall and say hello! As artist Nancy Bassett said after the outing, “I want to do it again!”

Beauty in Black and White

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Spindleworks staff and artists have been working hard these past few weeks to prepare for the newest installation in the What Not Gallery- the Black and White show! As the name suggests, this exhibit showcases solely monochromatic works. Despite the muted color palette, these works are anything but bland, and cover a wide variety of mediums- everything from clay to cloth to cigar-box sculptures. While some of the work was pulled from the artists’ archives, other pieces were created specifically for the show- allowing involvement of a large number of the Spindleworks artists. Stop by the What Not Gallery weekdays 9-4 or during the July 11th Brunswick Art Walk (5-8pm) to view the beautiful work!