A Storm of Productivity

Spindleworks was closed during yesterday’s “snowmageddon,” but that didn’t stop today from being as energetic as any. A few artists and the full Wednesday staff went in around noon today to shovel, clean, organize, and, finally, create. The energy was full and powerful on this post-blizzard afternoon.

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Terri was particularly productive today with her eye for great color. She completed so many pastel prints this afternoon with her signature abstract technique.

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Visiting Nancy B. at her drawing desk always brings a new experience. She creates intricate pieces based on such a variety of subjects. Today she drew inspiration from a book on flower life cycles.

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Angela’s mind is on the approaching super bowl! She’s in the final stages of work on her wooden rendition of the Patriot’s Tom Brady. This large project has actually come together quite quickly, and will probably be finished just in time for Sunday.

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Here sits Emma with watercolor and canvas. She seems so content in the company of these tools. Emma’s work tends towards the ethereal. What grace is shown in her handle of brushes and the landscapes she illustrates despite the bleak winter skies.

We hope everyone was safe during Juno and that we’ve succeeded in offering you a little of the brightness that we experienced today. It seems that the dreariest of days often bring such inspiration. They can evoke that stir-crazy need in us to battle back the dullness with brilliant work.

Stay warm!

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“Right Next to The History”

Liz McGhee, our program manager, and a handful of our artists visited the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine yesterday afternoon, located at the University of Maine Augusta. Some pieces of Spindleworks art have been showcased in the center along with artifacts from the Holocaust and various periods of history that showcase discrimination against all types of people. As artist Theresa Labrecque told me it was, “just fascinating. And we got to see our stuff up on those walls, right next to the history.”

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Diane Black stands with her vibrant woven rug…

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Earl Black is an expert weaver as well. Here he stands with two of his showcased rugs…

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Barbara Carter, Theresa Labrecque, and Diane Black…

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IMG_2528Kim Christensen poses with more Spindleworks items.

Warm Words for Winter

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Spindleworks is wishing you a happy and healthy winter season. It’s been a while since we’ve posted, and this is my own very first post! My name is Franci. I’m a Bennington College sophomore spending my mandatory winter internship here at Spindleworks. I’ll be working and posting for 5 more weeks. I’ve been in Brunswick for just over one week and, as I’m sure you can imagine, am feeling quite at home already here at Spindleworks.

There have been moments every day that have felt blog-worthy. To watch the development of skills and confidence first hand is fascinating, but more importantly, inspiring. Just this morning, I found a book in the Spindleworks store, Voices. It’s a collaboration between a few branches of Independence Association and another art nonprofit. There are pages that feature only visual art, but many include written word. The photo above is of one of my favorite pages. It reads:

“anarchy means not being satisfied with the status quo and hatred for things that are bad…i admire punk rock musicians because they tell in their songs what the politicians won’t tell you. if i could be on tv and tell the viewers anything i wanted, i would tell them that being autistic can be a good thing.”

I decided on this moment for today’s post because it seemed to tie together the days I’ve spent at Spindleworks so far. This type of confidence present in the artists is perhaps the most refreshing part of this job, as it is the core of their artistic potential. Spindleworks artists are not just painters, just writers, just weavers; almost all of them spread their creativity over as many art forms as they can, letting each medium speak to the others with security and confidence. It’s a holistic embrace of creative potential that I long to translate into my own art. I look forward to reflecting on the weeks and events of Spindleworks that may inspire you as they have me.