Maine Fiberarts is calling attention to the diversity and talent of the fiber art community with the State of Fiber 2004 Celebration. The yearlong celebration will feature 115 events and exhibits across the state, including a display of heirloom quilts at the Portland Museum of Art now showing through June 6 and a juried exhibit of contemporary Maine fiber art at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport showing through May 30.

“Things made by hand with organic products are becoming more and more rare,” said Christine Macchi, who with help from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission formed Maine Fiberarts. The goal of this arts service organization is to promote the enjoyment and quality of Maine fiber work.

As part of the celebration, Maine Fiberarts is distributing 30,000 free guidebooks featuring the calendar of events; a directory of fiber-related studios, farms, galleries and businesses; and profiles of various fiber art and craft media.

For more information, call (207) 721-0678, send e-mail to [email protected], or visit

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