Selling art, crafts topic of speakers in October series set for Ellsworth

Posted Oct. 04, 2010, at 10:55 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:54 p.m.

Christina Heiniger of Lamoine e-mailed that she is organizing a speaker series for October.

“I’m inviting three experts in various aspects of art and craft marketing to speak 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays in October at The Maine Grind, 192 Main St., in Ellsworth,” she wrote.

Topics will include working with digital images and photographing work, writing press releases, illustration and the publishing industry, direct mail campaigns, working with the press and tips from the Maine Crafts Association on marketing work statewide.

Each week a guest speaker knowledgeable about the specific topic will present an hour-long talk on the subject with 30 minutes at the end for questions and answers.

The schedule is:

• Oct. 6, Lynn Thompson of the Maine Crafts Association, general tips all artisans should know for marketing themselves and their work to a statewide clientele.

• Oct. 13, Rebekah Raye, artist and published author and illustrator, illustration and the publishing industry and how to get published.

• Oct. 20, Robert Diamante, professional photographer and one-time president of the Maine Crafts Association, working with digital images and navigating the digital landscape.

• Oct. 27, Christina Heiniger, artist and organizer of the Gifted Hand Show, promoting yourself and-or your arts event through press releases and print marketing. Plus tips on working with the press from newspapers to magazines to television to new media. Includes information on writing effective press releases and submitting digital images to the press.

Pre-registration is suggested.

The cost is four classes $55; three classes $45; two classes $40; one class $25; $30 per class without registration.

For more information, call Heiniger at 664-2404 or e-mail fernhousestudio@roadrunner.com.

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• Stitchers in Washburn are organizing to mark Make a Difference Day 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Washburn Civic Center. They are seeking volunteers from the area and beyond to help assemble memory quilts that will be donated to Hospice of Aroostook in Houlton.

Mildred Bennett, one of the organizers, said some fabric is available, but donations of batting, thread and other items are needed.

Volunteers should bring a lunch. Coffee and hot water for tea will be provided.

To obtain specific dimensions for the quilts, the kind of material to use and other useful information, e-mail mbennett@mfx.net.

• The work of weaver Hillary Hutton of Vienna will be featured through Monday, Oct. 11, at the Handmade Papers Gallery, 113 Reach Rd. in Brooklin. Hutton weaves one-of-a-kind rugs from various fibers, including recycled fibers. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call gallery owner Virginia Sarsfield at 359-8345.

• Coastal Quilters will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Lions Club on Lions Lane in Camden. The program will feature Rhea Daiute of Alewives Fabrics who will demonstrate making laminated totes. The meeting is free and open to all. For more information, call Karen Martin at 236-8038 or Sarah Smith at 236-6003.

• Master basket maker Paula Thorne will teach the art of weaving ash and sweet grass to make a small lidded candy basket. The workshop, intended for children age 10 or older, will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in Bar Harbor at the Abbe Museum’s Community Gallery.

Thorne is a Penobscot weaver who works with ash, sweet grass and porcupine quill. She is known for fruit and vegetable-shaped fancy baskets made of brightly dyed ash, ranging from pumpkins and carrots to blueberries and radishes. She learned the art of weaving from her grandmother Christine Nicolas and her mentor, Billy Shay.

Registration is required. The fee for the workshop is $20 Abbe Museum members (membership must be Household or above to include children), $35 others. For more information or to register for this workshop, call Astra at 288-3519 or e-mail astra@abbemuseum.org.

• Sunbury Village, 922 Ohio St. in Bangor, has space available for its craft fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. The fee to participate is $15. For more information, call Renee at 942-0802.

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