The Inspired Hand IV

“The Inspired Hand IV,” a juried biennial exhibition of work by members of the Maine Crafts Association opens Friday, January 22, at the Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The reception, from 6-8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The exhibit includes work in ceramic, wood, fiber arts, metal, and mixed media with handwoven rugs, quilted wall hangings, jewelry, ceramic vessels, fine woodworking, and book arts.

The Maine Crafts Association, a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1983, is dedicated to the support and encouragement of Maine craft artists. Long noted for its outstanding educational and exhibition programs, MCA is committed to promoting the work of Maine craft artists and their importance in Maine’s rich and varied economies and distinctive communities. The Maine Crafts Association’s website,, lists the organization’s resources and opportunities for artists.

Jurors for the 2010 exhibition were Mimi Dunn, MCA past president, collector, craft advocate, and partner in Digitry Company, a manufacturer of controllers used by artists for heat treating; Dan Reardon, former CEO of Bass Shoes, retired senior business consultant to L.L. Bean, and early manager of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts retail operations; and Susan Strickler, executive director of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester NH.

Artists in the exhibition are Marian Baker,Yarmouth, Christina Heiniger, Lamoine, Paul Heroux, New Gloucester, Sara Hotchkiss, Waldoboro, Hillary Hutton, Vienna, Mark Johnson, South Portland, Peggy Johnson, Portland, Ron King, Penobscot, David Klenk, Gray, Yvonne Lamoreaux, Jefferson, Kathy Angel Lee, Old Orchard Beach, Susan Mills, Bowdoin, Brian Reid, Rockland, Meryl Ruth, Portland, and Sarah Shepley, South Paris.

The exhibition continues through March 26. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 753-6500

“Hourglass” canopy bed, wood, veneer, cotton; 83″ x 76″ x 96″; Brian Reid, Rockland

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