Celebrating 10 Years Downtown continues as we Celebrate New & Emerging Artists!

Next week is the launch of our Cultural Connections: New & Emerging Artists demonstration series! On Friday, June 24th from 2:00-4:00 Passamaquoddy fashion designer Leon Sockbeson will demonstrate the art of beading. Leon’s work combines traditional elements with contemporary fashion.

Also participating in the New & Emerging Artists demonstration series are George Neptune, Sierra Henries, and Erik Sappier. On Friday, July 29th, George Neptune, Passamaquoddy, will demonstrate ash and sweetgrass basket making, while talking about his art, culture, and training. Nipmuck artist Sierra Henries will be demonstrating the art of decorating birch bark with traditional and contemporary designs on Thursday, August 4th. And on Friday, September 16th, Penobscot carver Erik Sappier will demonstrate traditional chip carving techniques used to decorate root clubs and walking sticks.

To celebrate these and other artists, the Abbe Shop is offering 15% off select artists throughout the month of June! Currently, you can save 15% on…

  • Unique Baskets by Sarah Sockbeson
  • Carved Walking Sticks by Erik Sappier
  • Unique Baskets by Max Romero
  • Unique Baskets & Designer Tees by Eric Otter Bacon
  • Unique Baskets & Beaded Jewelry by Chris & Jaclyn Sockbeson
  • Birchbark Art, Designer Tees, and more by Sierra Henries

And don’t forget to visit the 2011 Waponahki Student Art Show to celebrate all those fabulous young artists! If you’d like to revisit our monthly themes for 2011, you can find them here.

Next month we’ll be focusing on Abbe Traditions, and giving away a FREE copy of our Abbe Museum Publications CD with every purchase of $75 or more!

Image 1. Sierra Henries.

Image 2. Sample of Leon Sockbeson's bead work.

Image 3. George Neptune at the 2010 Native American Festival & Basketmaker's Market.

Image 4. Erik Sappier.

Image 5. Rainy Days at the Abbe! Both the original Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring, a popular summer tradition, and the Downtown Abbe are open 10-5, every day. If the weather is foul, call to learn what's planned for Rainy Days at the Abbe! Rainy Days at the Abbe is a volunteer-based program; Contact us to learn more.