Paula Estey Gallery (PEG), A Center for Art and Activism, ishosting its first major symposium from May 17 – 18th with two artists who use natural materials to make beautiful handmade crafts while supportingtheir passion and environmental beliefs. The artists are Margaret B. Russell, a handweaver from Newbury, MA with more than 38 years of experiencewhose family lineage in textiles, weaving and wool workers goes back tothe founding of our nation, and Melissa Hankens, a Hemp Evangelist fromSalem, MA, who makes extensive use of natural fibers, primarily hemp,to make one-of-a-kind creations. More than just a weaving workshop, the program will include discussion of artists using their activism to bring about change. Tickets for the two-day event are $100. This includes the Friday Evening event, two workshops on Saturday and lunch, as well astake-home gifts. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4216303. The event will take place at 3 Harris Street in Newburyport, MA. “The title of this symposium “Lost and Found: Messengers from the Edge” speaks perfectly to thechanges at the Gallery,” said Gallery Owner Paula Estey. “We believethat a reverence, respect and love for the Earth has been lost and is now being found or remembered by those of us who are dedicated to waking up.‘Messengers from the Edge’ speaks to the environmental ideas about edges and how edges are where the health or illness of a planet can be found: the edges of marshland, highways, railroads, yards, all matter in the ecosystems of our lives. The edge is where extinction sits, waiting.” She added that the program will look at animal life and a plantlife that have been altered by mankind’s imposition to be rendered on the verge of extinction and out of our reach for use, self-healing and empowerment. For more information about the presenters, please visitMargaret B. Russell’s website at http://www.antrimhandweaving.com and Melissa Hankens’ website at https://craftaslife.com/2018/10/15/weaving-wearables/.
This event first appeared on EssexCountyCreates.org