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Deer Isle
Originally published in Compass, July 24, 2014
Haystack announces summer exhibition

Haystack’s third of three summer exhibitions, Made in Maine: Work by Recent Fellowship Recipients, will be on view at the school’s Center for Community Programs from July 27 to August 31. The show features work by four recipients of functional craft and visual arts fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission in 2012 and 2013: Robin Martin Cust, Alicia Eggert, Anna Hepler, and Ellen Wieske. The Center, located at 22 Church Street in Deer Isle village, will be open Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. for the duration of the show. Admission is free.

Evening programs

Haystack’s Summer Evening Programs Series includes Studio Walk-Throughs and End-of-Session Auctions in the Gateway Auditorium. These programs are open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

On Monday, July 28, ceramic artist MaPó Kinnord-Payton and visiting musician Ben Street will present their work. Kinnord-Payton received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1984. After earning an MFA from Ohio State University in 1994 she moved to Louisiana, where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Jazz double bassist Street studied at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Miroslav Vitous and Dave Holland. He has performed and toured with prominent musicians including John Scofield, Lee Konitz, Clark Terry, Junior Cook, Sam Rivers, and Buddy Montgomery. His residency coincides with the 14th annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival at Stonington Opera House, August 1-2.

On Tuesday, July 29, drawing/painting artist Stuart Shils and fiber artist Jason Pollen will share their work. Shils teaches at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where he was also a student. He has been a visiting artist at the Vermont Studio Center for more than a decade, and he lived and worked for 13 summers on the northwest Irish coast, some of which is described in the PBS documentary Ballycastle.

Pollen received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Painting from City College of New York. He was on the faculty of the Royal College of Art in London, and New York’s Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute before serving as chairman of the Fiber Department at Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri. Pollen has designed prints for Jack Lenor Larsen, Chanel and Donna Karen and has designed sets for the Kansas City Ballet. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas.

On Wednesday, July 30, glass artist Nanda Soderberg and metalsmith Gabriel Craig will present their work. Soderberg received a BFA in Glass from the University of Hawaii and an MFA in Glass from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has spent the last 20 years working with glass and has taught glass working at Virginia Commonwealth University, California State University at Fullerton, Pilchuck, and Haystack.

Craig is a metalsmith, writer and craft activist based in Detroit, Mich. He received a BFA in Metals/Jewelry from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalworking from Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn.; and the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore. His critical writing has appeared in prominent craft publications including Metalsmith, American Craft, and Surface Design Journal.

On Thursday, July 31, wood artist Wendy Maruyama will present her work. Maruyama is an artist, designer, and educator and is a professor in the Woodworking and Design program at San Diego State University, California. She received a BA from San Diego State University and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y.

On Monday, August 4, the fourth session technical assistants—artists who aid the instructors in leading classes–will present their work. On Tuesday, August 5, Haystack staff, many of whom are also studio artists, will present their work. An end-of-session studio walk-through and auction will take place on Thursday, August 7, with studios open at 7:30 p.m. for self-guided tours, followed by an end-of-session auction. Th preview begins at 8 p.m. and auction will begin at 8:15 p.m.