Maine Craft Weekend 2015

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I had such a great time participating in last year’s Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), I’m doing it again this year! MCW is a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events. It’s an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craftbrewers in Maine. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state.

My studio, in our 1850’s barn in Belfast, will be open Saturday Oct. 3rd and Sunday Oct 4th from 10-4pm. I will be showing some white-line woodblock prints and the wood blocks used to make them, my Willy Wires jewelry, some needle felted animals, a few miniature paintings and more!

I seem to have a lot of prints floating around in my studio. In the hopes of making some space in the studio and in my head I’m offering 20% off on all of my woodblock printsduring the open studio weekend.

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This year I will be joined on Sunday by Belfast jewelry maker, knitting designer and friend Erica Schlueter, who will be showing some of her beautiful Bent Metal jewelry. She makes her own fabric textured metal components and uses rivets or silk to join them.  The earrings shown are oxidized sterling silver and 18k/silver bi-metal joined with crocheted silk, and the necklaces are sterling silver with crocheted silk cords.

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There are lots of studios, shops and breweries participating here in the midcoast, with thirteen in Waldo County. As of today they include: in Belfast, Dina Petrillo-Belfast Bay Shade CoFresh Cup GalleryKate McLeodMarshall Wharf Brewing Co., Lupine CottageBelfast Harbor Artisans, and myself ; in Belmont, Mary Trotochaud-Everyday Pottery ; in Montville, David Jacobson Glass ; in Liberty, Betsy Levine-Prescott Hill Pottery , Judith Fischer Art & Design Studios, Liberty Craft Brewing ; and in Stockton Springs, Asha Fenn.  Please visit the MCW website to learn about participants and events and to plan your route!

The map below shows the location of my studio. Follow the signs from the corner of Main St. and Congress, to Pine St. Our place is on Pine St, all the way up the hill on the right. I’ll be upstairs in the barn. If you’re having trouble finding me, please call 207-338-2842.

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White-line Woodblock Prints at the Center for Maine Craft

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The Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner has a small gallery space with revolving shows by individuals and organizations, and I am pleased to be the featured artist from June 3rd through the 30th. I am showing twenty one white-line woodblock prints of chickens, farm animals, crows, and sleeping dogs and cats on the walls, plus many more unframed in bins.

If you’re anywhere near The Center, traveling north or south on rt 95, please check out this wonderful place. The Center is run by the Maine Crafts Association and is the central location for Craft sales, education, and activities in our state. All work is handcrafted by Maine artisans. I also have my Willy Wires jewelry there along with as many as 300 Maine craft artists from throughout the state.

The Center for Maine Craft is located at 288 Lewiston Road in the West Gardiner Service Plaza at the junction of 95 and 295. Yes, the service plaza!  Next time you’re traveling on the highway in Maine, make this oasis of creativity and beauty your pit stop (and maybe grab a cup of coffee). To get there, take Exit 103 from 95 South; Exit 102 from 95 North; Exit 51 from I-295. Open daily January through June 19th, 9am-6pm, Memorial Day weekend (Fri-Mon), 9am-8pm, and summer hours starting on June 20th, 9am-8pm. (207) 588-0021

Joining the Etsy Maine Team

My Willy Wires Etsy store has just joined the Etsy Maine Team! I am happy to be part of the over 800 entrepreneurs from our great state of Maine working hard marketing wares through Etsy on line. I welcome you to like Willy Wires Jewelry on Facebook and sign up for my enews on my website www.willyreddick.com .

Teardrop with Spiral earrings, pink anodized niobium wire, sterling silver, glass beads

Teardrop with Spiral earrings, pink anodized niobium wire, sterling silver, glass beads

Willy Wires Etsy Shop

Many people have been asking me what I’ve been doing since closing Åarhus. Not to worry. I’m not roaming aimlessly through the aisles of Reny’s and Job Lot, or sitting on the granite stoop at 50 Main St. drinking apple wine from a paper bag….I’ve been working in my studio making jewelry for my new venture which I’m very excited about…. I’ve opened my Willy Wires Etsy shop! At this point there is just a sampling of pieces from all of my handcrafted Willy Wires lines; including ornaments and earrings, ‘Buttons’, ‘Tin’ and ‘whoops!’. There are earrings made from sterling silver, anodized niobium, copper and upcycled tin from olive oil cans. There are a couple of sterling silver cuff bracelets, earrings made from lovely vintage buttons, and a couple of brass ornaments too. If you’re so inclined, check in periodically, as new items will be added to the site regularly.

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Just click on this link to check out my shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/WillyWires and please feel free to forward the link to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks!

Pecha Kucha Night in Thomaston

This was the presentation by Belfast Artist Willy Reddick at the Pecha Kucha Night that took place on April 11, 2014 at Watts Hall in Thomaston. Video by Ned Lightner

Group Show at Harlow Gallery

Grey HorseThe Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2013 at the Harlow Gallery. On view January 18 to February 9, 2013, ingrained presents the work of five Maine printmakers: Martha Briana of Northport, Anthony Kulik of Belfast, Donna Parkinson of Freeport, Willy Reddick of Belfast and Sarah Vosmus of Bowdoinham.

Meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, January 18 from 5-8 pm.

Pervaded by the powerful presence of the Maine forest, the Harlow Gallery’s ingrained brings together five printmakers working in uniquely different styles and processes. Whether physically carving into the grain for a woodcut or collecting samples and sketches, the artists are working in connection to the woods. The prints exhibited speak to the breadth, methods and personalities of individual artists working in the printmaking medium, ranging from traditional to experimental. This exhibit goes from intricate and detailed to the boldly abstracted patterns and colors; to intimate wall-hung works to space commanding ceiling hung works and three-dimensional constructions. The Harlow is excited to bring together these artists in a compelling and vibrant exhibit of contemporary printmakers in the still months of winter, connecting viewers to what it means to be “ingrained”.