Christine Macchi of Maine Fiberarts in Topsham has this information to pass along to By Hand readers:
“Painted, Stitched Textile Art” by Catherine Worthington is on view through Saturday, June 29, at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main St. in Topsham. Arlene Morris and Paul Hollingsworth installed the work so that the paintings appear to be “floating on air.”
Maine Fiberarts will host a workshop, “Create and Explore: Textile Painting and Surface Design,” with the artist 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Maine Fiberarts.
Catherine Worthington is a textile artist living with her husband and three boys in Brunswick. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in textile design from the University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth. She spends time working in her home studio designing and creating textiles. Her art quilts are part of many private collections and have been exhibited throughout Maine, New England and Florida. She also takes part in the Brunswick Art Walk, where she will have a pop-up booth throughout the summer at 98 Maine St.
Worthington continues to work part-time as an artist mentor at Spindleworks in Brunswick, has served on the board of Arts Are Elementary, served on the planning committee of Brunswick’s “10 X10” show and collaborated as an artist-in-residence in Brunswick elementary schools.
Worthington uses textile painting and surface design techniques to create colorful art quilts with themes of landscapes, florals, street scenes and seascapes. Her work is considered cheerful and uplifting.
Of her work, the artist writes, “My work presents images of the natural environment from the gardens to the sea. Color, texture, pattern and design are constant sources of inspiration to me. I love to be in the moment, creating. My textile works are constructed by layering surfaces and techniques. Painting, printing and hand stitching accentuate detail and increase texture and depth. I like to create a rich surface which will draw the viewer in and hold their attention as they look further into the work creating a feeling or familiar place to escape.” The artist often finishes pieces with French knots, beads, hand or machine stitching, and other embroidery techniques.
Also, Maine Fiberarts received funding from the USDA and the Quimby Family Foundation to create a series of Craft-Farm Institute workshops during 2013.
This summer, the group also will host workshops on Freeform Quilting, Using WordPress to Create Simple Websites, Selling Fiber Work through Fairs and Festivals, and Spinning Singles and Knitting Half-Moon Shawls.
Since 2000, Maine Fiberarts has shown the work of artists in solo shows that change every two or three months. During July and August, artist Sallie Findlay of Deer Isle will show figurative sculpture along with quilts by Deborah Spaulding and Karen Munson in the show, “Hidden Histories.” In the fall, artist Jill Snyder Wallace of Minot will show mixed-media embroideries that incorporate found objects in the exhibition “Human Nature.”
Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-2 pm. Saturday.
For information or to register for Worthington’s workshop, visit mainefiberarts.org or call 721-0678.
“VisionQuilt ’13,” art quilts by Elizabeth Bush, Sally Field, Ellie Pancoe and Jude Spacks, will be on display through Sept. 30, at Boyd Place, 21 Boyd St. in Bangor. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. An artists’ reception will be held 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 23.