Sarah Haskell, solo exhibit opens Fri. April 15th 5-7

“There’s No Place Like Home”: York Artist Returns Home to Exhibit Her Work at the York Art Association
Friday, April 15th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Haskell will speak at the exhibition opening, and share passages from recent journal entries describing some of the highlights of her seven-week trans-Atlantic journey home on a 43’ sailboat with three crewmates, as well as discuss the works on display at the York Art Association, and her lifelong journey as an artist.
The York Art Association will be hosting an exhibit featuring the work of guest artist Sarah D. Haskell, titled As Above, So Below: One Woman’s Romance with Line, Language and Shadow. The solo exhibition will run from Thursday, April 14th through Saturday, April 23rd. Haskell has spent almost four decades using thread, color, and pattern as the language in which to describe the rhythms and seasons of the natural world, and the complex relationships of the human world.
Haskell also strives to celebrate the human spirit through her work. In 2007 Haskell was inspired by Tibetan prayer flags to start Woven Voices, Messages from the Heart where she enlists the support of other weavers to create hundreds of flags, which she then travels across the globe to deliver. Haskell spent this past winter in South Africa sharing messages of peace, hope, and renewal through the distribution of these woven flags. More recently, Haskell has been experimenting with fiberglass screening, paint, and mixed media, and concentrating on the shadows, and patterns that overlapping screening creates. The show will consist of examples of both Haskell’s hand woven, and fiberglass screening work.
Haskell was born and raised in New England. She received her BFA in Textile Design from Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. Haskell has gone on to become an award-winning artist. She has participated in regional, and national shows. She has exhibited at major museums, and galleries, including: The Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME, The Artists’ Museum, Washington, DC, The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, La Jolla FiberArts Gallery, La Jolla, CA, and the Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KA. Her work is also part of the art collections of some major corporations. Haskell has been awarded several artist residencies, and been a finalist for The Greater Piscataqua Charitable Foundation Artist Advancement Award. In 2010 one of her projects was selected by Portsmouth, NH’s Cultural Commission for an Overnight Art Commission.
Haskell is an active teaching artist — leading projects in schools, hospitals, mental health facilities, retirement communities, and prisons. Haskell has found that these art experiences build self-esteem, foster people’s self-awareness, as well as increases participants’ feelings of interconnectedness to our planet. Family, community, and social justice are the cornerstones of Haskell’s work. She has spent her career exploring the relationship between text and textiles, and investigating the mystery of encoded fabrics, and the hidden language of weaving.
YAA is located at 394 York Street (Route 1A) in York, Maine. Winter Gallery and Gift Shop hours are Thursday through Sunday from 10: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Easter Sunday. Call 207.363.4049, or visit for more information.


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