June 23, 2018
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Fiber artists sought in Troy

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Hannah Kreitzer, who describes herself as a dedicated hand embroiderer from Bangor, and who is a student at Unity College, e-mailed with this request for assistance from local fiber artists:

“I am trying to help a local organization called The Garcelon House attain a Traditional Arts Grant from the Maine Arts Commission with the focus of fiber arts. The Garcelon House is devoted to community enrichment through connections forged between the citizens of Troy and their history. The many means to this end include gardening groups, community gatherings and archiving local narratives.

“The projects supported by The Garcelon House recently have come into jeopardy due to a loss in funding, and the needs of the foundation would be best addressed by seeking small grants to support different aspects.

“The initial grant that I am going to write seeks funding for the fiber arts program, specifically supporting loom and spinning wheel setup and instruction. The wheel and loom would be used to produce goods made from the wool of local sheep, including the animals kept at The Garcelon House property.

“Right now, I am seeking weavers and spinners who would be interested in teaching a biweekly class from November through March for four to eight participants at The Garcelon House facility in Troy. As I need the commitment of an artist to compose the grant (to accurately assess fees), I am hoping to find artists who would find this project a valuable use of their time and knowledge.

“The Traditional Arts Grant covers artists’ fees and can include travel as well, and all materials can be provided unless the artists have specific requirements.

“I know Troy is a ways away from most people, but this is a very heartfelt attempt by a local nonprofit to carry on traditional arts, so I hope that this project will appeal to any artists you have contact with. Perhaps they know of weavers and spinners in the Troy area — it can be tough to track down the right people so I am making this appeal to the fiber arts community at large.

E-mail is a great way to reach me, HKreitzer08@unity.edu, or my personal cell phone number is 974-6452.”

The 200-year-old Garcelon House, 193 Ward Hill Road in Troy, was purchased in 2002 to, according to its website, “preserve the memory of local leaders and inspire future leaders to continue their tradition of cooperation, civic pride and self-reliance.”

Also according to information at www.thegarcelonhouse.org, Unity Barnraisers became in 2006 The Garcelon House fiscal agent. In the last five years, the stewards of The Garcelon House have established and reclaimed gardens, tapped maple trees, renovated the historic homestead, reconstructed Billy Garcelon’s house to become a bunkhouse for the Waldo Walkabouts and built a carding mill to process local fibers. Volunteers also began compiling a lending library; writing a newsletter; archiving digital images of historic documents, photographs and artifacts; shooting and archiving video footage of community events; hosting community meals and open houses; and growing food and flowers for outreach projects.

“We currently operate with the labor of five volunteer stewards,” according to the website.

To learn more about The Garcelon House or to volunteer, call 948-5915 or e-mail garcelon@uninets.net.


A wet felting workshop will be held 1-3 p.m. Friday, June 25; and a beginning landscape felting class 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, 106 Balck Mountain Rd. in Sumner. Visit www.awrinkleinthymefarm.com/classes.html.

Quilt Documentation Day will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Skidompha Library, 184 Main St., Damariscotta. Bring your family quilts for analysis and recording information about their makers.

A broomstick lace making class taught by designer and lace knitter Aloisia Pollack will take place 10 a.m.-noon Monday, June 28, at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham. Visit www.mainefiberarts.org for details.

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