Abbe fellowships



BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum has named its 2015 Wabanaki Artist Fellows, recognizing three creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant artist contributions in the future. They are Donna Brown (Penobscot), Ganessa Frey (Penobscot) and Emma Socotomah (Passamaquoddy).

These fellowships were made possible through support from Dawnland LLC, concessioner in Acadia National Park.

The fellowships awarded provide support for travel, lodging and other costs associated with exhibiting at Indian art markets in Maine and New Mexico.

“They expand our view of what is possible, and they inspire us to apply our own talents and imagination,” said Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, president and CEO of the Abbe Museum.

Brown handcrafts jewelry and traditional beadwork made from various metals, semi-precious gemstones and glass beads. Frey, a third-generation weaver, has artwork on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum and the Abbe Museum. In the past two years, 11-year-old Soctomah has placed first and second in her division at SWAIA with several different baskets.

Each fellow will attend the Abbe’s Annual Meeting on Aug. 12. Members and friends of the Abbe are invited to attend. Call 288-3519 to RSVP.

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