Abbe to host Native creative summit



Twisted Path III artist Patricia Michaels, fashion designer from the Taos Pueblo, discusses her work with guests at the exhibit’s opening reception. PHOTO COURTESY ABBE MUSEUM

Twisted Path III artist Patricia Michaels, fashion designer from the Taos Pueblo, discusses her work with guests at the exhibit’s opening reception. PHOTO COURTESY ABBE MUSEUM

BAR HARBOR — Native artists will convene at the Abbe Museum in downtown Bar Harbor on Nov. 14 and 15 for a summit with the goal of developing and sustaining a community of contemporary Wabanaki artists.

The summit, inspired by and designed to complement the Abbe’s current main exhibit, Twisted Path III, Questions of Balance, will include discussions, an open artists’ studio and a mural workshop.

Twisted Path III artists participating in the summit include Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo, from Season 11 of Project Runway and the upcoming Season 4 of Project Runway Allstars, and Wabanaki artists Rick Hunt, Abenaki; Gina Brooks, Maliseet; Gabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy; Shane Perley-Dutcher, Maliseet; and Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Abenaki.

Friday’s events will be discussion-based and open only to Native artists. Conversations will be geared towards Native arts in Maine, and how to create support systems for emerging Wabanaki contemporary artists. In addition to the Twisted Path III artists, other Wabanaki artists and Maine Indian Basketmaker’s Alliance members will participate in the discussions in the hope of identifying the first steps towards creating a Contemporary Native Arts Guild. By bringing together some of today’s leaders in the contemporary Native art world, the Abbe Museum hopes to generate discussions about creative placemaking, cultural tourism and the future of contemporary Native art in Maine.

On Saturday, the Creative Summit will open to the public with free museum admission. During the morning’s open artists’ studio, the artists will work together, trading materials and techniques, to create collaborative pieces. During the afternoon’s mural workshop, Twisted Path III Co-Curator Rick Hunt, Abenaki, will lead the artists in the creation of a mural that will become part of the Abbe’s permanent collection. Anyone is invited to watch the Twisted Path III artists at work during Saturday’s events.

The Creative Summit is made possible through the support of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust with additional support from the Maine Arts Commission. The Abbe Museum also thanks the Twisted Path III exhibit sponsors: the Sharpe Family Foundation/Douglas and Ann Sharpe, Anonymous Foundation, Fisher Charitable Foundation, Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust, The First, Maine Arts Commission, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, MPBN and the Bangor Daily News.

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