Susan Perrine recipient of Harry Faust Art Fund grant

Exhibition on view: May 3 – October 31, 2013

Location: Johnson Hall Mini Park, Water Street, Gardiner, Maine

“Art in the Park” Artist Reception

On Friday, May 3rd at 4:30pm, Circling the Square Fine Art Press will host a public reception and artist’s talk featuring this year’s “Art in the Park” grant recipient Susan Perrine. The Art in the Park program, which is in its fourth year, is funded by a grant from the Harry Faust Art Fund.

At 5:00pm, Susan will give a brief presentation about her work, which features woven twig sculptures made from locally sourced materials. Susan’s installation in Johnson Park (directly across the street from Circling the Square) will be unveiled, and will be displayed from May through October. Prior to the event, the public will have an opportunity to participate in the actual construction of the piece on Saturday, April 27th, from 11am-1pm.

Susan Perrine’s work reflects on her connection to the natural environment. She states, “I grew up on a farm and have always spent a lot of time outdoors, walking the fields and woods near home. I try to use methods and materials to reflect the connection I feel towards the natural environment.” Susan began weaving twig sculpture as a way to teach weaving on a large scale. Her twig structures are an easy way to demonstrate how simple materials, when aligned carefully, can create useful and beautiful works of art.

After the reception and unveiling of the sculpture, Susan will be showing her work at Johnson Hall (which is adjacent to the park) during ArtWalk Gardiner, which will take place along Water Street from 5:30-9:00pm. Circling the Square Fine Art Press members and many other area artists will also have plenty of new and original work to enjoy during the ArtWalk, so please come out and celebrate art with us in downtown Gardiner!


SDA Maine gathering, Sat May 5

Non-members Welcome!

Hello! I invite you to a Maine SDA get together at Osprey Cove Studio Saturday, May 5, 2013 from 10-12. I’ll provide coffee, tea, a sweet.

Jill Snyder Wallace has been working tirelessly with Tammy Ackerman, Executive Director of Engine, planning our second Maine SDA exhibition. "Underlying Threads: Interpreting the Textile History of a Mill Town" will open September 27 and run through November 2, 2013. We hope you are thinking about and working on as many as three pieces for the exhibition.

Please bring one example of your work to share. (Not necessarily what you are working on for the exhibition.)

RSVP khharding Non SDA members are welcome. My studio is in Freeport, and I can email you directions when I hear from you.

Katherine Harman Harding

Osprey Cove Studio

16 Osprey Cove Road

Freeport, ME 04032


Kristin McKinlay

The work of Maine SDA, member Kristin McKinlay showing hand-painted, machine-quilted wallhangings that sometimes include appliqué.Most are part of a series called "Sustentation," and are based on significant experiences that are motivating, energizing, or vital in some way. There are a few quilted power line wall hangings too. You may see more at

Sallie Findlay: Spring Exhibitions in Wichita, Kansas and Blue HIll, Maine

Blue Hill Concert Association’s Featured Artist: Sallie Findlay

During the April 7, 2013 chamber music concert – the last in the series presented by the Blue Hill Concert Association – Sallie Findlay will open a show of fiber sculpture and wall pieces, as Featured Artist. The concert takes place at the Blue Hill Congregational Church, 22 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill, ME, starting at 3 pm, with her work being seen during intermission and afterward, for several weeks. For info about the concert series visit:

This exhibition will showcase figures from the Back & Forth & Back Again installation held this past October at Shakespeare School in Deer Isle, as well as several crow/raven figures, also wall pieces that include hand-dyed fabrics with stitching that tell the stories therein.

National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2013

Two of Sallie’s pieces were selected to be included in a national, juried show that takes place in Wichita, KS, during April and most of May. This exhibit appears at the Wichita Center for the Arts and was juried by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, chair of the fiber program at the Kansas City Art Institute.

The two pieces that will be shown include Bird and Bound/Bond that are sculptural figures made with muslin bags used by scallop fishermen and dyed by her hands using Japanese natural dye called “kakishibu”, then formed using fine hand stitches and tied jute yarn.

Exhibition dates: April 5 – May 19, 2013

Gallery hours:

Tuesday-Sunday, 1-5 pm

Wichita Center for the Arts

9112 E. Central, Wichita, Kansas

For more information please visit: