Gee’s Bend quilts inspire workshop

Aug 02, 2014
“Crazy Quilt” is a Gee’s Bend quilt by Lucy Mingo.

Searsport — Patchwork of Color, a one-day acrylic painting workshop with Belfast artist Susan Tobey White, will be held Friday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum.

Beginning painters, as well as those with experience, will enjoy this class using the Gee's Bend quilts as inspiration to create colorful acrylic paintings. For a list of materials, call White at 338-8990 or email The workshop fee is $75, which includes museum admission. To register for Patchwork of Color, call Penobscot Marine at 548-2529 or 548-0334.

White teaches painting workshops and owns High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast.  She designed the 2004 and 2007 North Atlantic Blues Festival posters and the 2008-2012 Maine Celtic Celebration posters; and recently earned the title of Golden Artist Educator by being one of 18 artist/workshop instructors chosen to participate in an intensive week-long workshop learning about the acrylic products created by Golden Artist Colors, a leading manufacturer of acrylic paints. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Australia.

“Do It Your Way: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine” is at Penobscot Marine Museum through Sept. 7, the first time that Gee’s Bend quilts, which achieved fame in a series of national exhibits beginning in 1998, have been north of Boston. The exhibit is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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

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