Welcome Summer, Welcome Abbe Summer Programs!

Raney Bench, Curator of Education

Molly Neptune Parker, who recently received a
National Heritage Fellowship Award, will be
leading a weaving workshop this July.
 Throughout the year the Abbe offers a wide array of public programs designed for all ages and interests, but the summer season offers demonstrations, concerts, and workshops every week!  The Abbe is thrilled to continue its partnership with Acadia National Park and co-host Cultural Connections demonstrations in the Park every Wednesday through early September.  Each week will feature a Wabanaki artist or musician demonstrating his or her craft at different locations in the Park.  Please visit here for a detailed calendar and locations.

In addition to the Park programs, the Abbe is also hosting a series of demonstrations at our downtown location.  Offered in connection with our award-winning exhibit Indians and Rusticators the theme for this years series is Enduring Legacies.  As the exhibit makes clear, the Wabanaki have a long history of creating and selling art and experiences on Mount Desert Island that continues to this day.  Many of the crafts that became important during Bar Harbors gilded age in the late 1800s remain important to Wabanaki people today.  Ash and sweetgrass basketmaking, music, beading, and bark work will all be demonstrated at the Abbe once a month through the summer and fall.  These programs are underwritten by Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, and through funding from the Maine Arts Commission, and details can be found on our website.

Finally, summer at the Abbe offers a unique experience to come and learn traditional crafts from master artists in our popular workshop series.  Each year we offer workshops with master basketmakers and artists where participants can learn to work with traditional materials, create a work of art of their own to keep, and make a lifetime of memories and friendships to cherish.  Molly Neptune Parker, Passamaquoddy, will be teaching her two day workshop on ash and sweetgrass baskets.  Molly has recently been recognized for her contributions in advancing and preserving the art of basketry by the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award.  All workshops require pre-registration, for more information refer to our on-line calendar, or call Raney Bench at 288-3519.