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Deer Isle
Originally published in Compass, August 28, 2014
Haystack announces final summer exhibit, evening programs

Haystack’s final summer exhibition of 2014, Made in Maine: Work by Recent Fellowship Recipients is on view at the school’s Center for Community Programs through August 31. The Center, located at 22 Church Street in Deer Isle village (across from Bar Harbor Bank), will be open Wednesday, and Friday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. for the duration of the show. Free admission.

Evening Programs

These programs are open to the public, and begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the Gateway Auditorium on Haystack’s campus.

On Monday, August 25, blacksmith Erica Gordon and ceramic artist Ursula Hargens will present their work. Gordon is a production smith/designer in Seattle, Washington. She has taught at Penland and Haystack, been featured in American Craft, and has had sculpture included in The Complete Modern Blacksmith (Ten Speed Press, 1997). Her work has been in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show; International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York; CODE design fair in Denmark; and at The London Craft Fair, Origin.

Hargens is a studio potter. She received an MFA from Alfred University, New York; an MA from Columbia University, New York; and studied ceramics at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has taught at community studios and universities, such as the Northern Clay Center in Minnesota, Ohio State University, and the University of Minnesota. She has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation, including a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowship. Her work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and 500 Pitchers (Lark Books, 2006).

On Tuesday, August 26, fiber artist Katharine Cobey and book artist Mary Howe will share their work. Cobey is a knitter and sculptor and has been teaching for over 30 years. She received a BA from Bennington College, Vermont. She received the Maine’s Master Craft Artist award for 2010 from the Maine Crafts Association. Her book Diagonal Knitting (Schoolhouse Press, 2010) has been hailed as a classic. Her work has been installed in museums from Alaska to Maine, with solos exhibitions at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Lehigh University’s Zoellner Gallery, Pennsylvania; and the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland.

Howe lives and maintains her studio on Deer Isle. She received a BS from Central Michigan University. With a background in textiles, printmaking, and teaching art, her books are constructed with multiple layers of materials often featuring extraordinary detail. Her work has been featured in publications such as 500 Handmade Books (Lark Books, 2008), and her books have been exhibited in the U.S. and Canada, and are in the collections of Bowdoin College Library and George J. Mitchell Collection, Maine; Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton; Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection; and private collections.

On Wednesday, August 27, mixed media artist Graceann Warn and metalsmith Chris Darway will present their work. Warn’s academic background is in urban design and classical archaeology. Her current work reflects the structural logic of her architectural beginnings as well as her abiding interest in archaeology.

Darway has been working in metals for 40 years as a designer, teacher, and artist. He received a BFA in Craft Design from the Philadelphia College of Art. His work has been featured in The Art of Metal Clay (Watson-Guptill, 2004) and PMC Decade (Brynmorgen Press, 2006) and has been exhibited at the Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim, Germany; Shipley Museums, England; and Tokyo Hands Invitational Exhibition in Japan.

On Thursday, August 28, at 4:30 p.m., the sixth session technical assistants will present their work. At 7:30 p.m., writer Kim Stafford will present his work. Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon and author of a dozen books of poetry and prose. Awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships and an Individual Artist Award from the McKnight Foundation.

On Friday, August 29, end-of-session auction begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by self-guided tours of the studios.