Harbor Arts visits Camden

Posted Oct. 05, 2008, at 10:35 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:03 a.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Local painter Carol Sebold has been sharing her artistic vision at the Harbor Arts Juried Arts & Crafts Show every year for a quarter-century, ever since the show began.

Sebold says she and a dozen or so artists began exhibiting in Harbor Park as early as 1977 to get things started.

“I have galleries throughout the country, and I do a few outdoor shows, and this show is always very, very good,” Sebold said, standing at her exhibit tent Saturday on Atlantic Avenue near the Camden Public Library.

Known internationally for her watercolors of seascapes and landscapes, Sebold said the show has grown to the extent that organizers have to limit the number of exhibitors owing to space constraints.

The Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce holds the art show twice a year, in July and October, as a fundraiser for the Chamber.

Alicia Bagnall, event coordinator for the show, showed a map with 94 booths this year lining Atlantic Avenue.

One could look across the art show from the top of the amphitheater’s hillside and gaze across the tops of white exhibit tents lined up like battalion quarters down to the tall-masted schooners tied up in the harbor.

“The majority are from Maine,” she said of the exhibitors. “But some are from out of state.”

Bagnall cited New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as homes of some of the exhibitors. “Most of them do shows all year long up and down the East Coast,” she said.

Local talent also stood out. Crafts varied from pottery to hand-woven textiles made by artisans in Maine.

Robert and Wendy Esposito of Unity Pond Pottery in Unity make original folk pottery that is hand thrown on a potter’s wheel. They use a stoneware clay body, fire it to more than 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit and glaze it with lead-free materials.

The couple also make delicate ikebana Japanese vases for flower arrangements.

Not far from the pottery tent sat a woman spinning fibers on an American-made spinning wheel.

She sat quietly at her wheel, feeding with one hand the soft merino wool and llama fibers into spun yarn while she worked the treadles with both feet. Sister Bette Edl of Hermitage Fiberart produces yarns for one-of-kind loom-designed weavings.

A member of the Franciscan Order, she lives as a hermit in a yurt in Stockton Springs.

“My life is focused on prayer, silence and contemplative solitude,” she said.

Her creations also include items made from recycled fabrics, such as a purse woven from pieces of men’s silk ties.

“When I weave, I am participating in the co-creation of a new being, a new hope, and a new birth within myself of a deeper, more loving and more compassionate heart,” she said in a note about her work.

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