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Maine Jewelry and Art to occupy space that allows for workshops

BANGOR Having a place to display the unique and exquisite pieces of handcrafted jewelry, pottery and accessories has been great for the owners and consigners at Maine Jewelry and Art, but something was missing. 

Amanda Coburn explained that she and her fellow owners have always enjoyed teaching people their crafts, but they are often working out of their own, smaller workspaces in their homes. In Coburn's case, her workshop is situated in her garage, which can be a little cold in the winter.

'We decided we really needed a place to do workshops and give lessons anytime,' said Coburn, one of the co-owners of Maine Jewelry and Art. So a move was in order. And when a space opened up, literally next door, with the space available at a good rate, Coburn said they jumped at the chance.

They are looking for a little financial help in the form of monetary donations or trade (if you have a pottery wheel you no longer use, or have art supplies that you haven't played with in years - that sort of thing).

All of the women who own the shop have offered lessons in the past. Coburn has taught and will be teaching again at the Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor, including fold forming metal, enameling copper, glass mosaic, using alcohol ink to dye non-porous surfaces and metal etching. Roxanne Munksgaard has taught beading, wire wrapping, and other art mediums to all ages at various venues across the state. Anne Reigstad has taught workshops about fused dichroic glass jewelry and stained glass for Bangor Adult Education for several years.

The idea was to bring new, creative activities to a downtown Bangor that already boasts a burgeoning arts community. This also allows for members of the community to take an active role in the arts, rather than be part of the audience.

'It's something for Bangor that doesn't exist,' said Coburn. 'There is a lot to see but not a lot to do all year round. This provides a place for people to learn new skills so they can participate in things going on downtown.'

The new space not only has ample room for the gallery - there are separate rooms for workshops, which will now be ongoing throughout the year.

In addition to the jewelry, beading, and metal smith classes, the women plan on inviting artists from other mediums to teach classes as well.

There will be a Grand Opening Celebration on April 20.

Upcoming workshops:

Alcohol ink workshop April 4, 6 to 8 p.m. and April 6 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. (Ages 12 and up_.

Learn how to use alcohol ink to dye non-porous surfaces like glass, ceramic, metal and more. Create beautiful tiles, vases, or candleholders to keep or give as gifts. $20 plus $10 for materials.

Dichroic glass jewelry workshop, April 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. (ages 15 and up)

Learn how to make beautiful dichroic glass jewelry. During the workshop you will make several pendants, earrings and pins. $80 for the class, plus $25 for materials. 

Metal etching, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. (ages 15 and up)

Learn how to chemically etch a design onto copper or brass. Finish with ear wires, beats, cord and more to create beautiful jewelry with your completed etch. $45 plus $10 for materials.

And to celebrate Earth Day they will be having an upcycled, recycled, repurposed workshop on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for ages 9 to 18. This event is free.

Glass mosaic workshop April 21 from 11.m. to 4 p.m. (ages 15 and up)
Learn how to cut glass into small pieces, assemble the design of your choice, adhere to a base (candle holder, picture frame, etc.) and grout. Makes beautiful home dcor. $60 plus $10 for materials.

Chainmail workshop April 27 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. (ages 14 and up)

Learn how to use small metal rings to create beautiful, interlocking Byzantine pattern. Use the pattern to create a necklace, bracelet or earrings. $35 plus $10 for materials.

For more information, visit www.MaineJewelryandArt.com or find them on Facebook.

Last modified on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 12:38

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