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Weaving East to West 2019 Workshops with Sara Hotchkiss



Sometime in the mid-eighties not too long after I moved to Maine, I met a lovely woman at a craft show near Camden who fell in love with the color blends of a rug I wove. She and the rug went happily home. In truth I went happily home too because I sold a rug to a nice person who fell in love with what I had already fallen in love with: the color blends that make my rugs so special.

Many years later I bumped into her at another show and she mentioned needing a rug for a space in her new home. She told me about their first viewing of this house when they noticed a distinctive runner on the stairs that they knew at a glance was mine. The previous owners had commissioned me to weave this stair runner 10 years before. A bit of serendipity, yes? The stair runner is still there and looks as good as ever.

Eventually we began the design process and the weaving and this handsome dining room rug was born. It’s so perfect for this room. I knew I couldn’t let it go without a photograph to keep so I enlisted my long time and favorite photographer Dennis Griggs of Topsham, Maine to photograph the room and rug.





Workshops are filling! For information on weaving workshops visit and email me for availabiliy.

Class at Local Color Gallery in Belfast


Learn the technique of painting and collaging handmade paper with artist Deborah Jellison. The two day workshop for adults and teens will be April 6-7 from 10 am-3 pm at Local Color Gallery. The workshop is free, but a $12 fee to cover materials is requested. The gallery will also be accepting donations for the Soap Closet. Deborah Jellison’s work is full of patterns and layers, she’ll be showing you how to bring movement, color and textures together to form a cohesive collage piece. The process is fun but messy, so dress down and come prepared to play! Class size is limited to 12 so please register early at Local Color Gallery is at 135 High Street in Belfast. Learn more at

Slow Flowers Maine Meet Up Spring 2019


The next Slow Flowers Maine Meet-Up will held June 3rd-4th 2019 at The Maine Repertory Theater in the Pepperell Mill Complex Biddeford Maine.  Tickets are available on eventbrite.

We are delighted to announce that this Spring’s 2019 Slow Flowers Maine Meet-Up is during Women’s History month. All of the business that are participating in the workshop are either 100% owned and run by women or women make up more than half of the business team. From local restaurants, flowers farms, glass blowers, dyers, photographers, models, florists, and potters.

The Slow Flowers Movement can be best explained by the creator, writer, speaker, outdoor living expert and advocate for American flower farming Debra Prinzing, as, “ a response to the disconnect between humans and flowers in the modern era. It aspires to reclaim the act of flower growing, recognizing it as a relevant and respected branch of domestic agriculture. Slow Flowers connects consumers with the source of their flowers, putting a human face of the flower farmer and floral designer behind each bouquet or centerpiece. The value of local, seasonal and sustainably-grown flowers is heightened when there is transparent origin labeling of all botanicals sold to consumers and professional florists”. The Slow Flowers directory has been created to enable people to find locally grown, domestic flowers and those special designers that are committed to using those local flowers or flowers within small geographic areas.

Workshop attendees will spend two days exploring the world of natural, hand dyed silk ribbon, designing foam free bouquet, tablescaping with unique elements, and creating a floral dreamscape in the round. A few highlights of the workshop will include a hands on demonstration by Marcia McDonald of (of Lana Plantae), bouquet designs by Hoke, tablescaping with Tibbetts, and special table elements created for the workshop by Biddeford’s own Joseph Webster Glass.

In addition to locally grown flowers, local restaurants and bakeries (Part and Parcel, Biscuits and Co,Night Moves Bread, Little Spruce Baking Co. and The Farm) will be providing the attendees with delectable food for breakfast, lunch, and a grande good-bye dinner set amidst the amazing floral designs crafted by workshop attendees.

The workshop is offered to any novice or experienced designer or creative seeking renewed inspiration, fresh ideas, a creative community, and an opportunity to explore the beautiful, evolving world flowers. You do not need to be a SlowFlowers member to participate.

ArtLab for All Ages – Saturday, March 2, 2-4pm


The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create soft mixed media sculptures and wearable artworks during March’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Drawing inspiration from the work of CMCA Biennial artist, Baxter Koziol, participants will craft small soft sculptures and mini wearable artworks such crowns, masks, buttons or brooches. The project will borrow from the aesthetics of toys, comics, cartoons, and action figures to construct personally symbolic and expressive small objects from felt, fabric, and mixed media. Participants are advised to bring old T-shirts to use as sewing material.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the The Cricket Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie L. Taft Foundation, and individual donors.

Upcoming Workshops at The Harlow Gallery

Stacey Anderson


Upcoming workshops at The Harlow Gallery.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm:Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm:Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson

Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm:Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude


Shawna Barnes


Spaces are limited, sign-up today by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing

Sara Hotchkiss Workshop Dates


Weave a Rug/Color Your Home Workshop Experience 2-day class:
Class fee: $275, includes all materials and lunch.
Maximum 4 students.
Dates May 22-23, August 21-22.

Weave a Tapestry Rug/Color Your Home Workshop Experience 3-day class:
Class fee: $400, includes all materials and lunch.
Maximum 4 students.
June 4-5-6, July 9-10-11, September 10-11-12, October 29,30-31

Email for registration

The Workshop

The first day we will begin at 10am and work until 5 or 6pm. The second (and third) day we start at 9am and usually work until 6pm. We gather for lunch in my sunroom/dining room or outside on the patio (weather permitting) for a delicious and nutritious homemade lunch with as many locally sourced products as possible – sometimes from my own garden. Snacks and tea are available throughout the day.

The dates and fees are listed above. Payment is required in advance and with registration.
Download and fill out the registration form but please call me at 207-832-8133 first to check availability of class dates you prefer. If you need housing there are several comfortable places to stay in Waldoboro and options will be listed when you receive your registration form. Please email me if you have any questions or special requests.

The Location

The studio is located in the coastal town of Waldoboro, about 1 and half hours north of Portland, Maine. We are nestled between two fields bordered with magnificent old oak trees along with a few evergreens and a collection of crabapples I planted years ago. You may be lucky enough to be here when the lavender – all 130 plants – in the front yard is in full bloom. The sound of the honey bees and the bumblebees will make your heart smile. Behind the studio is a modest vegetable garden full of the usual plants and a handful of weird things. It is fun to find out how well they will grow. Pollinator plants such as curly leaf mullein, echinaceas, and daisies grow amongst the vegetables. I also plant a handful of dye plants like indigo, weld, woad, and calendula. There is a walnut tree at my neighbors so I have a few babies – thanks to the squirrels, who also leave piles of chewed walnut hulls for me to use for dye. Everything is symbiotic here.

Inside the Studio

Currently there are 6 looms in my loom studio. 4 looms available for workshop students and the large 10 and 12 foot looms where I weave larger rugs. Small frame looms hang on pegs on the walls. Yarn is all over the place. It is not exactly tidy, though I make an effort. I invite you to be inspired and productive. The classes are relaxed and students are encouraged to work at their own pace. I teach the basic fundamentals of rug weaving with fabric, offer support, and if everyone in class is busy weaving on their own then I work on my own projects in the studio alongside them.

Finishing techniques are also taught. I structure the classes as if we are both interior designer and student, meaning the student tells me their color inspiration and requirements and I turn that into a fabric swatch board that they approve before class. I prepare the looms with warp that is color coordinated with the student’s fabric, and prepare the weft fabric.

whopaints Gallery and Studio Winter Classes

Premise: The Artist as Truth Seeker and Perception Conveyor

Thursday afternoons 3-5:00.

Feb 7th – Drawing Fundamentals
Feb 14th- Oil painting: colors and mediums,
Feb 21st- Starting a Figure Drawing
Feb 28th- Assessment of a piece

They are free. Each can be taken alone, however all 4 will build to final class.
For more information on each session visit

Yikes Studio: Enamel Class and Limited Necklace Sale

Beach Cascade



Four, beautiful, long, statement necklaces on sale for a limited time only. These necklaces traveled with me this fall to a couple shows but a match has yet to be made for these beauties! The necklaces are one-of-a-kind and very limited. The sale runs through end of Feb. To view images and purchase go to


Sign up now for this basic introduction to the art of enameling. Learn the magic of fusing colored glass to metal. This 4 hour class will cover all the basic techniques: applying powdered glass, scrafitto, liquid enamels, metal prep, firing, finishing and creating simple earrings and a pendant. The cost for the class is $80 + $20 materials fee. Class size is limited to 5.

Saturday, February 16, 9:30-1:30 SOLD OUT!
Sunday, Feb 17, 9:30-1:30 limited space still available

The classes are being held at Rebecca Krupke Studio, 9 Central St. Suite 308,  Bangor. To sign up visit:

The Harlow Announces Upcoming Workshops

Woodcarving by Rusted Pulchritude

Registration is now open for February and March art workshops at The Harlow. Register today and try something new or expand on existing skills. The lineup of classes includes wood carving, watercolor, mosaics, and ceramics.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Spaces are limited and can be reserved by calling 207-622-381 or emailing  All materials provided unless otherwise stated. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please visit or call 207-622-3813.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes: Come learn the difference between traditional ceramic glaze and cold finishes with sculptor Shawna Barnes. Hands on experimentation and exploration will be encouraged as we discuss the dozens of possible mediums you can use as a cold finish on sculptural ceramics. You will given bisqued relief tiles and/or ornaments to experiment with – shoe polish, wood stain, colored pencils, pastels, house paint, and more! Shawna is a ceramic artist specializing in sculpting animals with personality. She is based out of Knox, ME, and is a teaching artist leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Ages 10 & up. Cost: $30/Members, $35/Non-Members.

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm: Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken: Join exhibiting artist, Barb Loken and create a fun and unique mosaic picture frame embellished with glass and tile. Take home a one of a kind frame, or create as a gift for someone special. Gain inspiration as you work from Barb’s retrospective exhibition 50 Years of Art which is on view February 15 through March 23, 2019. Ages 10 & up. Maximum enrollment: 15 participants. Cost: $12/Kids, $15/Adults.

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm: Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson: Join artist and art educator Stacey Anderson in a beginners watercolor workshop which focuses on landscape painting.  We will be working from photographs, so please bring one along. Color, composition, and use of materials will be our focus in this 3 hour workshop. Ages 10 & up. Maximum enrollment: 20 participants. Cost: $20/Members, $25/Non Members, $15 Kids.
Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm: Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude: Learn a new wintertime craft (perfect for sitting around the woodstove) at this introductory course on how to make a functional cooking spatula out of green wood. You’ll receive hands-on experience with safe techniques using traditional hand tools and foundational wood carving skills. A lovely set of carving knives are included in the course fee for all participants so you can continue to carve on your own! This event is hosted by Aaron Margolis and Deirdre McGrath, who create wooden wares and sculptures in their studio in Ellsworth. Ages 18 & up. Cost: $75 + $50 Materials fee. Maximum enrollment: 8 participants. Deadline for registration is March 15th.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963.

ArtLab for All Ages – February 2, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to construct freestanding sculptures with wood and paint during February’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, February 2, from 2 to 4pm. Looking to Anna Hepler‘s sculpture in the courtyard, participants will fashion their own in-the-round structures by combining found shapes and wooden forms into pieces that activate the space around them.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the The Cricket Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, and individual donors.