Artist Lesia Sochor will talk about her work on Monday, June 28 beginning at 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. Sochor is a well known painter and art teacher whose current “Threads” series of oil paintings  focuses on spools of thread and their connected narratives.

Three years ago, Sochor was inspired by her mother-in-law’s sewing drawer and realized how sewing connected her to her female ancestors; the familiar utilitarian spools stirred recollections and family stories. From one generation to the next, thread and sewing carries a history of necessity, practicality, fashion, poverty and sweat. Sochor believes that despite modern technology there is a yearning for tactile processes and that sewing satisfies the need to feel and produce with our hands, gaining deep satisfaction in taking the time to fix or mend something rather than throwing it away.

“The paintings evolved symbolically and literally to include connections to all humanity, crossing gender and cultural borders, into The Common Thread, which sews us into the fabric we call the world,” she said.

Sochor was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a fine arts degree. She moved to Brooks in 1980 and continues to live and work there. Her watercolor and oil paintings have been shown in galleries and institutions throughout the state including the Baridoff Galleries, Mathias Fine Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, the Gilley Museum, University of Southern Maine, Maine State House and the Ellsworth, Bangor and Belfast libraries, as well as several Belfast galleries.

Sochor also teaches art to people of all ages both publically and privately. Currently she instructs at Merryspring in Camden and Waterfall Arts. Her other artistic work includes curating, illustrating children’s books and teaching and promoting the art of pysanka, intricately decorated Ukrainian eggs. Her current work will be exhibited at Rockland’s Caldbeck Gallery Monday, June 28 through July 17.

Admission to the talk is free. For more information, visit or call 338-2222.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to