Common Ground Country Fair: Reflecting on Maine’s Fiber Industry: Art-Making + Dialogue

Saturday, September 23, 2023,

Common Ground Country Fair, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine

Join the Colby College Museum of Art for an interactive dialogue and hands-on art-making workshop at the 2023 Common Ground Country Fair. This 80-minute workshop will use works of art to explore personal and historical connections to the fiber industry in Maine. We will focus on a historical work, The Spinners by Thomas Hart Benton, through conversation and a writing activity with the ultimate goal of co-creating interpretive content. This artwork is currently on view at the Colby Museum as part of the Terra Collection-in-Residence program. The accompanying art project, Storytelling with Textiles, designed by contemporary artist Bryana Bibbs, a former Lunder Institute for American Art residential fellow, gives artists of all ages the chance to weave words on paper and cloth strips along with various yarns, fabrics, and more. This workshop is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The museum will offer this workshop twice at the Common Ground Country Fair, on Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 people at each workshop.

The Common Ground Country Fair takes place Sept. 22-24 at The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA) Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine. For information about tickets and activities, please visit their website here.

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