LEWISTON – Bates College will host “Traditional American Folk Art in Maine,” a daylong symposium on the history and techniques of Maine folk art, Sunday, Sept. 28. Featured will be hooked rugs, scrimshaw, quilts, paint-decorated furniture and schoolgirl needlework.

Open to the public, the symposium will begin at 9:15 a.m. in Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.

Nine folk-art experts are scheduled to speak, including Leonard Brooks, director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum in New Gloucester, and Earle Shettleworth Jr., Maine’s state historian.

Brooks will speak on “The Human and the Eternal: Shaker Art in its Many Forms” at 11:40 a.m. Shettleworth, who has lectured and written extensively on Maine history, architecture and art, will speak at 4:15 p.m. on “Folk Art Depictions of Maine Towns.” Other speakers include Brian Mills, an authority on Maine glaze-decorated pottery, and Michael and Susanne Payne, who write about itinerant painters in Maine in the pre-photography era.

The day will conclude with a wine-and-cheese reception, courtesy of the Bates College Museum of Art, at 4:40 p.m.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the current museum exhibition “Flourishing Folk: New England Decorated Works on Paper and Document Boxes from the Deborah N. Isaacson Trust,” which runs through Dec. 14. This exhibition represents Bates in the Maine Folk Art Trail, a collaborative effort among 11 museums and historical societies statewide to guide visitors to the best of Maine folk art.

Registration is $45, which includes lunch. Deadline is Sept. 22. For more information, visit mainefolkarttrail.org/book.html#symposium or call 786-6400.


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