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Originally published in Compass, June 12, 2014
Haystack announces programs, exhibition

Haystack’s first of three summer exhibitions, Matthew Shlian: Recent Work in Folded Paper, opened June 1 and is on view through July 9 at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs. Visual Artist and paper engineer, Matthew Shlian, who will be a visiting artist at Haystack from June 22-July 3, creates kinetic sculptures by manipulating paper through folding, scoring, pleating, and other techniques. Static and moving pieces will be on display. The Center, located at 22 Church Street in Deer Isle village (across from Bar Harbor Bank), will be open Wednesday, and Friday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. for the duration of the show. Free admission.

Evening Programs

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ Summer Evening Programs Series includes Studio Walk-Throughs around Haystack’s campus by artists sharing their work, ideas, and artistic influences and End-of-Session Auctions in the Gateway Auditorium. These programs are open to the public, and begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Auditorium on Haystack’s campus.

On Monday, June 23, visiting artist Matthew Shlian and ceramic artist Arthur Gonzalez will present their work. Shlian is an artist, paper engineer, teacher, and collaborator. Ceramic sculptor Gonzalez is an internationally exhibited artist with over 40 one-person exhibitions, including eight in New York.

On Tuesday, June 24, fiber artist Mary Smull and glass artist Sayaka Suzuki will share their work. Smull is an artist and curator living in Philadelphia, Pa. Originally from Japan, Suzuki received a BFA from Tulane University, Louisiana, and an MFA in Glass from Virginia Commonwealth University.

On Wednesday, June 25, paper artist Paul Wong and mixed media artist Rob Duarte will present their work. For over 35 years, Wong has been the Artistic Director at Dieu Donné (Papermill), a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1976 and serves visual artists in New York. Duarte is a mixed media artist whose work involves sound, mechatronics, sculpture, and installation. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Florida State University.

On Thursday, June 26, bead artist David Chatt, will share his work. Chatt has introduced beadwork to an international audience of artists, collectors, curators, and appreciators. In 2007 the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington hosted his retrospective exhibition entitled Two Hands, Twenty Years, and a Billion Beads.

On Monday, June 30, the second session technical assistants—artists who aid the instructors in leading classes—will present their work. These assistants are accomplished crafts people working in a wide range of media. On Tuesday, July 1, 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, July 3, with studios open at 7:30 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.