PARIS – The Moore Park Art Show is pleased to announce that South Paris resident, crafter and volunteer Jackie Lynch has been chosen as the 2017 poster artist for the 8th annual event which will take place on July 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Her popular creations mainly feature durable painted canvas which she crafts into floor cloths, table runners and place mats. She also makes what she calls “barn quilts” which are large squares of wood painted with traditional quilt patterns that can be displayed in or outside and happen to look striking on the side of a building.

She started her journey into the world of functional painted canvas around 30 years ago when she saw some floor cloths in a magazine. Since there was no Google at the time, she had to be clever to find information to educate herself on the techniques involved. She first found a book at Sturbridge Village and then started getting any book she could find on the subject. Within five years she launched into a business selling her work. Now she is selling her work to people from all parts of Maine and beyond as a member of Made in Maine.

Lynch’s pieces are inspired by nature and traditional designs like those of Rufus Porter and Moses Eaton and are accomplished with both stenciling and free hand painting. Her work is found online at crafterscottageofmaine.vpweb.com, at the Birch Canoe in Casco or by appointment at her studio.

She is an avid volunteer and has been giving her time and talent to her home town for nearly 40 years. Starting out as a Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher, moving on to public school volunteer, she is now supporting the efforts of Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities and the 1 Paris Hill Committee.

When Lynch is not giving her time or working on her crafts, she can be found in her studio at her home teaching classes in the fall and winter.

Moore Park Art Show is an event of the Town of Paris Parks and Recreation Committee, artists and artisans may apply for a 10 x 10-foot booth spot at www.mooreparkartshow.biz. Booth fees are $65 for one exhibitor in one booth or $40 each for multiple artists. FMI: Director Aranka Matolcsy, 207-890-6386


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