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Deer Isle
Originally published in Compass, August 7, 2014
Haystack announces programs, exhibition

Haystack’s final summer exhibition of 2014, Made in Maine: Work by Recent Fellowship Recipients opened July 27 and is on view at the school’s Center for Community Programs through 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 (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

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ Summer Evening Programs Series includes Studio Walk-Throughs around Haystack’s campus by artists sharing their work, ideas, and artistic influences 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, August 11, basket-maker Jiro Yonezawa and visting writer Juhani Pallasmaa will present their work. Yonezawa has been a bamboo sculptural basket-maker for over 30 years and currently resides in southern Japan. He studied at Oita Prefectural Beppu Industrial Arts Research Institute in Oita Prefecture, Japan, and has shown his work in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. Pallasmaa is a distinguished architect, educator, and architectural writer and critic from Helsinki, Finland. A leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design, and art culture, Pallasmaa is a former Dean and Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology and former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

On Tuesday, August 12, ceramicist David East and glass artist James Mongrain will share their work. East is currently serving as Chairman of Ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Mongrain was introduced to glass while enrolled at Moorhead Minnesota State University, under the instruction of his brother, sculptor Jeffrey Mongrain. He later studied glassblowing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee, and worked in hotshops around the country, including New York, Cincinnati, and New Orleans, where he focused on becoming technically proficient in the Venetian tradition of goblet making. Over the years, he has collaborated with a number of artists, including Jim Dine, Kiki Smith, Jeff Koons, and Robert Wilson.

On Wednesday, August 13, mixed media/printmaking artist Andy Saftel and metalsmith James Cotter will present their work. Andy Saftel, a painter and sculptor, has lived and worked in Tennessee for the past 25 years. A pioneer of alternative materials since the 1970s, Cotter’s work consists of creating images from a variety of materials not normally associated with jewelry, such as steel, concrete, rocks, and sought-after everyday objects.

On Thursday, August 14, weaver Catharine Ellis will present her work. Ellis divides her time between studio work, researching natural dyes, and teaching. She has studied with Michel Garcia, of France, including a master class in India, and received a BA from Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York. She authored Woven Shibori, which explores weaving and resist dyeing, and her work has been widely exhibited including at The International Lace Exhibition in Belgium and Earth Friendly Alchemy in San Antonio, Texas.

On Friday, August 15, at 8 p.m., a special performance by the band Hymn for Her, featuring duo Maggie and Pierce Tournay—also known as “Lucy & Wayne”—will be presented in Gateway Auditorium. Hymn for Her have been touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, “injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as ‘Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.’”

On Monday, August 18, the fifth session technical assistants—artists who aid the instructors in leading classes—will present their work. On Tuesday, August 19, 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 21, with studios open at 7:30 p.m. for self-guided tours, followed by an end-of-session auction—preview begins at 8 p.m. and auction begins at 8:15 p.m.

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