The Camp and Create series will conclude its season with Kathleen Gerdes, felting wool as Artist in Residence Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 23 through 29, at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Route 1.

Gerdes has said that becoming a fiber artist was one of the best things she’s ever done. When she began walking down this path, she was imbedded in a corporate life “where I knew that if I continued, all I'd ever make in life would be money.” But her hands (and heart) were itching to create. She had dabbled in a lot of art forms including stained glass, pottery and the softer handcrafts such as embroidery and sewing. The she discovered fiber — specifically, feltwork.

“Being a discontented city dweller, the road to my country life lead me to brilliant colors (that I had never seen before!) and shapes and designs that I never knew existed,” she said.

Gerdes promises a fiber-filled week of felting fun, a wonderful opportunity for families to spend quality time together while creating fun projects that everyone will enjoy.

Camp & Create drop-in sessions are open to the public; for more information, visit or call 548-6059. The seasonal series is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine, which will take place Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 9 through 13, at the campground. For this year’s schedule of events, visit

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