Celebrate the Traditional Arts This Holiday Season

TradArtsShowcaseAs part of our Celebrate the Season programs and activities, we invite you to join us on Saturday, December 15, for an open house celebrating traditional arts in Maine.

Traditional arts are rooted in a longstanding sense of place and cultural identity. Expertise is often gained over time within a community context through apprenticeship or observation, rather than through formal instruction.

From 10AM to 5PM, Maine artists and craftspeople will be demonstrating and displaying their work in the Longfellow House and Garden, the Brown Library, and the Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall.

They include: spinner Judy Warde of Cape Elizabeth; portrait artist and silhouette cutter Ruth Monsell of Damariscotta; bookbinder Martha Kearsley of Portland; photographer Cole Caswell of Peak’s Island; oil painter Timothy Wilson of Portland; blacksmith Sam Smith; and woodcarvers James Irish, Thon Palmer, Robert Perry, and Norma Wing.

A modest $5 per person entrance fee allows visitors to see all these artists at work, plus tour the MHS museum and Longfellow House. For more information on these traditions, artist biographies, and other holiday programming, download our Celebrate the Season booklet.

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