The February exhibit, Art of the Needle, is on display at the Northeast Harbor Library. Curated by staff member Judith Blank, the exhibit follows in the tradition of years past of borrowing works from neighbors and friends. The idea is to show work that demonstrates beautiful stitches.
Some of the works included are original works, such as the Tree of Life curtain by Susannah Jones of Bernard, the embroidery Happy at Last by Sember Lockwood of Camden, the kantha wall hangings by Shira Singer of Bar Harbor, the art books by Cindy McGuirl of Thomaston, and shibori stitches by Amelia Poole of Brooksville. Some pieces have been collected by local people, including embroideries from Saurastra, India, Northern Thailand leggings, Huichol visionary embroidery, Tibetan and Crow Indian bead work, and more.
The needle is one of the oldest tools known to humans and still alive and in use. Each person’s stitch is distinctive, like a person’s handwriting. Stitches can be used to encode information, to record a story, to leave an enduring trace.
The exhibit is available for viewing during the library’s operating hours. However, the room is occasionally in use. Please call ahead to be sure to see it. 207 276 3333.