MONSON — The textile folk art of 15 Maine women will be the topic of a slide show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Monson Town Hall.
The show, titled “Remnants of Our Lives, Maine Women and Traditional Textile Arts,” includes profiles on 15 Maine women who represent diverse ethnic, social and economic communities, but all share a love of creating handiwork.
Each profile includes a brief biography of the woman and her craft. The presentation will include slides of the woman working on her craft and her artwork. Some of the diverse textile items which will be depicted in the slide presentation are quilts, beaded work, handmade wedding gowns, rugs and knitted items.
The show will be especially significant for Monson area people who knew the late Maila Korsman. Pictures of her at her craft and samples of her five-needle knitting will be on display at the Monson Museum this week and next as will profiles of the other 14 women featured in the exhibit.
The exhibit is part of one that was featured last summer and fall at the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine. The exhibit was held in conjunction with the Maine Folk Life Center and was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Field researchers spent months interviewing the women and compiling information about their art. The biographical sketches tell of how the women came to be involved in their particular craft and how that craft has become a part of their lives.
The Monson Museum is located next to the Monson Town Office and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.