Deirdre Barton, artist mentor, Spindleworks
Deirdre Barton has a B.A, in English with a minor in Art, from Boston College. She worked in a therapeutic classroom for preschool children with emotional and behavioral challenges as a Special Ed assistant. Deirdre also started her own retail business “Weatherbird” (combination of cafe, bakery ,market with women’s clothing, home accessories and gifts) and ran it for 24 years. She began working at Spindleworks after being a dedicated volunteer for a year, and brought with her an eye for display, fashion, and a myriad of other talents that come with owning a successful business! A watercolorist primarily, Deirdre also weaves, has a new found interest in knitting and embroidery and is also exploring oil pastels, acrylics and printmaking. When not working, she is an avid gardener, winter sports enthusiast and biker. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring near and far.
Brian Braley, associate director, Spindleworks & SpinOff Studio
Brian Braley believes that great art is found in our homes, hearts, and community and nothing exemplifies this more than Spindleworks. Brian received a BFA in Studio for Interelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art. He brings a fascination with a multitude of media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and video and a passion for experimentation. Brian has experience running art programs with at-risk youth and helped facilitate art workshops out of a homebased business. When not working, Brian is busy restoring an 1860’s farmhouse or sifting through junk stores for recoverable treasures.
Julianne Carle, artist mentor, Spindleworks
Julianne Carle has always explored her world through creation in a variety of mediums and encourages others to do the same. After earning her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal she spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Upon returning to the states she worked on a sheep farm, in a fiber shop and at Camphill, an anthroposophic life-sharing community in rural New York. Though she has experimented with many methods of creation, Julianne finds fulfillment in the union of the practical and expressive in fiber art. She is currently on a mission to learn everything she can about fiber’s many forms and is happiest with a spindle in hand, quite possibly while walking through the woods.
Sara Cox, artist mentor, Spindleworks
Sara graduated in 1990 with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Sara has been a professional potter for over 25 years and owner of Delilah Pottery, experience she brings to the pottery program at Spindleworks. She enjoys helping Spindleworks’ artists with a variety of projects, including fashion design, fiber art, drawing and dance.
Evelyn Dean, artist mentor, SpinOff Studio
Evelyn is an author, illustrator and painter, and has developed her own technique and signature style using wood burning, carving and painting into found pieces of wood. She feels that nothing offers more hope for the future than artists working together and side by side, co-creating and inspiring each other to grow and explore. Her work can be found at www.evelyndeanarts.com
Cat Foss, artist mentor, SpinOff Studio
Cat is a kewpie poet/musician from central Maine who studied music and literature at USM and obtained their BA in 2012. Cat loves being at Spinoff Studio, where there is a myriad of art to make and learn! Recently they have found a passion in warping looms and cutting glass. When they’re not serenading the studio on the piano or ukulele, Cat can be found floating on the water or hanging out with cats.
Andrew Elijah Edwards, artist mentor, Spindleworks
Andrew feels that the most enjoyable things in life are those that happen spontaneously, and finds a place at Spindleworks for his love of play, exploration, and experimentation. He brings a fascination with the moving image and the electronic landscape to the community at Spindleworks, facilitating an environment for animations, videos, and other electronic art. Andrew received his MFA in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver in 2014.
Liz received her BFA in Drawing and Printmaking from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Liz is a professional printmaker and the owner of color.joy wood block prints. Some of her best days at Spindleworks are days when she is sharing her love of print with the artists and sees the thrill on their faces when they pull a print off their hand-carved block for the first time. Liz is inspired by the talent, colors, laughter, support and joy she is surrounded by at Spindleworks. When not working, Liz enjoys hiking, cooking, camping, gardening, exploring Maine and nesting in the 1860’s farmhouse she shares with her husband.
Jonathan Price, manager, SpinOff Studio
Jonathan spends most of his time wandering around looking for things that usually don’t exist. When his motorbike runs out of gas, or his legs get too tired he then sets out to create what it is he couldn’t find. Jonathan has made numerous attempts to leave Maine but has come to the conclusion, “there is no place like home”. He also knows there is no place like Spindleworks and SpinOff Studio. Jonathan started at Spindleworks as a volunteer in 2003 when he dropped his fancy art schooling to learn what really great ART is all about! Jonathan continues to be energized and inspired by the work of Spindleworks and is most excited to “spin off” in a new direction as the Team Leader at SpinOff Studio in Gardiner.
Martha Truscott is a painter, printmaker and mixed-media artist with a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. She is an experienced art educator with an extensive background working with people possessing all abilities, talents and challenges. She has taught visual and theater arts to elementary aged children, youth and adults in private and public schools and in therapeutic day treatment programs.