Art show celebrates 20 years of growth

Posted Oct. 09, 2009, at 8 p.m.

“Work of the Hand,” now in its 20th year, features the work of 50 Maine crafters whose work is really more artistic than entirely functional. It started in a space at the old Camden-Rockport High School building, said organizer Barbara Michelena, and wound up at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art several years ago.

“It has grown from the kind of a show that was the typical craft show you would expect to find,” she said, “to the point that it’s a fine crafts exhibition, shown here at at the gallery like an [art] exhibition.”

The show, which runs Oct. 10-18, is the center’s second-largest fundraiser and typically raises about $40,000, according to Michelena. The funds help support CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programs.

In addition to the five honored artists, the invited artists this year are Suzanne Anderson, Susan Atwater, C.H. Becksvoort, Stephani Briggs, Donald Carmichael, Kathleen Colton, Gabriella D’Italia, Susan Dewsnap, Judith Fischer, Penny Gentle, Deborah Gordon, Christina Heiniger, Pamela Hitchcock, David Jacobson, Peggy Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Richard Kaeyer, William Keene, Alison Kuller, Neila Kun, Marion LaFolette, Gregg Lipton, Guy Marsden, Jody Meredith, Jan Owen, George Pearlman, Etienne Perret, Pat Plourde, Willy Reddick, Janet Redfield, Barbara Reitz, Gail Savitz, Beryl Schmid, Nina Scott-Hansen, Sarah Shepley, Stell Shevis, Julie Stackpole, Diana Thomas, Debra Thuss, Scott Tubby, Peter Turner, Simon van der Ven, Molly Vogel, Fiona Washburn and Paulette Werger.

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