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Originally published in Compass, July 19, 2012
Japanese textiles featured in Haystack summer exhibition

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ second summer exhibition, “Ragged Beauty,” is on view through September 1 at the school’s Center for Community Programs in Deer Isle village. The show provides an opportunity to see a world-class collection of Japanese textiles in Maine, curated by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, one of the foremost experts in shibori techniques, according to a press release.

“Ragged Beauty” features a selection of traditional Japanese textiles that collectively explore the themes of recycling and repair. The exhibition features boro—Japanese bedding covers and other functional textiles created in the 19th and early 20th centuries from recycled indigo-dyed cotton and bast fiber cloth and repurposed textiles and rags. Boro is the Japanese word for “rag” or “tattered” and the process of boro represents the transformation of inconsequential material into something precious and useful. All of the work in this show is on loan from Yoshiko Wada’s private collection.

The Center is open Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. for the duration of the exhibition. Haystack’s 2012 Summer Exhibitions are sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and the Maine Arts Commission.

Evening programs

The school’s summer evening programs series features presentations by artists sharing their work, ideas, and artistic influences. These programs are open to the public, and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the Gateway Auditorium on Haystack’s campus.

On Monday, July 30, ceramicist Andréa Keys Connell and visiting musician Roy Nathanson will present their work. Keys Connell is Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Connell’s work has been in a number of national and international publications. Nathanson is a saxophonist, composer, poet, band-leader, actor, and teacher. He is the leader and principal composer of the Jazz Passengers, a seven-piece group that he founded in 1987 with Curtis Fowlkes.

On Tuesday, July 31, glass artist Jin Hongo and jeweler Michael Good will share their work. Hongo is a professor at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, which was the first public glass art school in Japan. Good is a designer/sculptor/jeweler whose side interests include physics, philosophy, archeology, and kayaking. He is known around the world as the master of Anticlastic Raising.

On Wednesday, August 1, mixed media artist Anna Hepler and printmaker Frances Valesco will present their work. Hepler builds large sculptural installations, small sculptural forms, and creates 2D work—most often as drawings and prints. Valesco teaches monoprinting at City College of San Francisco and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, and University of California at Berkeley.

On Thursday, August 2, textile artist Marcel Marois will share his work. Marois is an artist and professor and director of the MA program at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada. In 1998, he received the National Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Craft.

On Monday, August 6, the fifth session technical assistants—artists who aid the instructors in leading classes—will present their work. These assistants are accomplished craftspeople working in a wide range of media.

On Tuesday, August 7, Haystack staff, many of whom are also studio artists, will present their work.

An end-of-session studio walk-through and auction will take place on Thursday, August 9, with studios open at 7 p.m. for self-guided tours followed by an end-of-session auction—preview begins at 8 p.m. and auction will begin at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, call 348-2306 or visit