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Wabanaki artists to showcase baskets, birchbark and multimedia art at Hudson Museum

Community Author: Gretchen Faulkner
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ORONO, Maine — Four Wabanaki Artist Showcases will be held this fall in the Maine Indian Gallery of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine.

Molly Neptune Parker and Frances Soctomah each will lead a showcase in October.

Parker, a Passamaquoddy basketmaker, will be the featured artist 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Neptune is a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. Soctomah, a Passamaquoddy basketmaker and Parker’s granddaughter, will be the featured artist 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

In November, Penobscot Butch Phillips will share his birchbark art 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. And Penobscot James Francis will present his multimedia art 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The artists will demonstrate their crafts, discuss threats to these ancient traditions and talk about how they’re taking the artforms in new directions.

A grant from the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund supports the free, public showcases.

As part of the series, each artist will create a work of art to be added to the museum’s collection. Gretchen Faulkner, Hudson Museum director, says the pieces will fill important gaps in the museum’s collection.

For more information, call 207-581-1904. To request a reasonable accommodation, call 207-581-1226.