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April 2021

Making Sail: Canvas Ditty Bags

April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$10.00 - $100.00

Made primarily of sailcloth, a sailor's ditty bag was crafted using all the techniques essential to the art of Sailmaking. Join Mike Bartles, co-owner of M&H Bartles, Sailmakers, to explore the fundamental hand-work that once drove the world's commerce across the globe as you create your very own canvas ditty bag. Learn how to stich, sew and splice with an experienced sailmaker, catching a glimpse of the trade as it was practiced throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Mike Bartles learned the fundamentals of sailmaking during his time at Mystic Seaport Museum and went on to lead the maintenance of the museum's sails. In 2013, Mike joined the crew of Nathaniel Wilson's sail loft where he had the opportunity to work on a suit of sails for the Charles W. Morgan restoration. Mike opened his own sail loft, M&H Bartles, Sailmaking, in 2018 in Boothbay Harbor. Workshop will be held in Maine Maritime Museum's Boatshop. Capacity is limited to 12 participants. Masks are required.

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Empty Hand, Empty Brush: A Calligraphy Workshop

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$10.00 - $100.00

Countless mariners sailed on Bath-built ships around the world including trips through Asia. They returned with items of cultural significance to display in their homes, to give as gifts and to commemorate their adventures, thus introducing Eastern art forms such as traditional calligraphy in the west. We will explore how this has continued to evolve and merge with contemporary art concepts into exciting and dynamic new forms. This workshop will demonstrate how East-West calligraphy is a type of meditation and also a discipline in centering--starting from the correct postural alignment of the spine, to preparing calligraphic ink, holding the brush correctly as an extension of the arm and executing brush strokes in oneness. Learn how to sense your internal energy through Qi-Gong and Tai Chi exercises and apply this awareness to free-flowing calligraphic art, besides demonstrating traditional Eastern calligraphic paintings. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to integrate mindfulness and creative expression. Experienced artists and beginners welcome! For those who wish to do brush work during the workshop, rice paper, brushes, ink stone and sticks are available for an additional modest fee. For materials please contact the artist at kichunglizee9@gmail.com. This is an in-person event in Maine Maritime Museum's Long Reach Hall.  

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May 2021

Line and Ink: Engraving Demonstration

May 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free - $100.00

Join Bath artist and printmaker Siri Beckman as she demonstrates the tools and techniques of her creative process creating wood engravings and woodcut prints. Inspired by the scrimshaw carvings created by Maine sailors, this workshop will walk you through the steps of using line and ink to create dynamic prints inspired by the Maine landscape. Siri Beckman is an accomplished artist whose work is featured in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has completed artist residencies at Acadia National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Mesa Verde National Park, among others. Her work takes inspiration from Maine life and Southwest imagery. This workshop will be hosted online via Zoom.

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July 2021

Touchstones by the Sea: A Writing Workshop

July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$10.00 - $100.00

Share an afternoon with award-winning author Irene M. Drago, as she unravels her creative writing process and reveals how she finds inspiration from Maine's maritime history. You will learn tips on how to weave fact and fiction into the written word. This workshop will feature a break-out brainstorm session where Maine Maritime Museum paintings, such as Charles Robert Patterson's Report Me All Well, will serve as visual prompts to spark participants' own creative writing responses. Afterward, Ms. Drago will lead a discussion of participants' creative struggles and victories and provide feedback to keep the creativity flowing. Aspiring writers and the simply curious alike will enjoy this opportunity to exercise their creative minds. Irene M. Drago grew up in a Navy family. Before moving to Maine, she worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst, earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature, and taught at the high school and college level. When she fell under the spell of a historic home in Bath, she convinced her husband to follow her to the coast of Maine, where she was inspired to write Daughters of Long Reach and its sequel, The Maine Point. Ms. Drago is the recipient of a Next Generation Indie Book Award and a Spirit of Bath Award. Both of Ms. Drago's books are available in Maine Maritime Museum's store and through our online store.

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August 2021

Woodblock Printing Demonstration

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
$7.00 - $100.00

Local artist, Charles Norris, will demonstrate his approach to creating woodblock prints with traditional tools and materials. He will show the process of preparing blocks for carving, demonstrate carving, inking, and pressing techniques.

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