Moss talk at Left Bank Books

Jul 10, 2014
Marilyn Moss

Belfast — Bill Moss, co-founder of Moss Tents and one of America's most innovative fabric artists, will be the subject of talk by Marilyn Moss Sunday, July 20, at 5 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. The event is free and the entire community welcome.

The presentation will draw upon Moss's prize-winning book, “Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer,” a tribute to the life and work of this iconic Maine artist and to the firm that was such a vibrant presence in the Midcoast area for so many years. Rich with commentary from former colleagues, clients and students; and illustrated with more than 200 color and black-and-white images, the book chronicles Bill Moss's pioneering work in the creation of tension fabric structures, from his 1955 invention of the Pop tent to the 1975 founding of Moss Tents, based first in Camden and then in Belfast, through to his retirement years as a painter, designer and teacher in Arizona, where he died in 1994.

Also woven into the tale is the story of Moss Tents, a pioneer in the creative economy long before most people used that term and one of the most socially responsible businesses in the country, a reputation that held fast up until its sale by Marilyn Moss in 2001. After the sale, Marilyn went on to earn a master's of fine arts in writing from Spalding University in Kentucky. Her freelance work has appeared in numerous newspapers and journals and she is currently working on a memoir titled “From the Appalachian Mountains to the Camden Hills.” Moss is the current board chairman of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

No tickets are required for Sunday's program, but space is limited and reservations in advance are welcome. The next two events at the book shop feature Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Saturday, Aug. 2, and best-selling novelist Lily King Sunday, Aug. 3. For information about any of these programs or to reserve seats or signed copies of books, call Left Bank Books at 338-9009.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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