Penobscot Marine winter talks, workshops

Jan 04, 2013
Quilts tell stories this winter at Penobscot Marine Museum.

Searsport — Penobscot Marine Museum offers a Winter Lecture and Workshop series through April. January’s events include free presentations at the Main Street Gallery and a full-day workshop in the downtown museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library.

On Saturday, Jan. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m., the Friendship Sampler Quilters of Belfast will present Bed Turning: Telling the Stories of Quilts. This old-fashioned bed turning showcases 19th- and 20th-century quilts either made or acquired in Maine. Attendees can learn more about what makes these quilts unique to the Pine Tree State. The presentation will take place at the Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St./Route 1. Admission is free.

On Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m., the Maine State Quilt Study Group will present a Quilt Show and Tell. Attendees are invited to bring in any old quilts they own to share with other quilt enthusiasts. The Maine State Quilt Study Group members will provide analysis including the history of the patterns, fabrics and techniques used, and quilt owners will be invited to share their stories. The presentation will take place at the Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St./Route 1. Admission is free.

A one-day workshop titled Paper Cutting: a craft of the peoples of the earth is set for Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Led by Leslie A. Miller, the workshop will explore how paper cutting reflects different cultures and how they encourage curiosity for different lands and lives. Participants will share and practice several forms of cutting. Needed materials will be supplied, but participants should feel free to bring along favorite scissors, paper, cuts and knowledge, as well as their own lunch.

Miller's work is in many collections and has been included in various paper cut exhibits including an invitational show at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of American Folk Art in New York City and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass. Her workshop will take place at the museum’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library on Church Street. Fee, which includes all materials, is $50, $45 for museum members; call 548-2529 to register.

For more information on the series, visit

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

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