What Maine artists are working on amid COVID-19

From the studio

Here’s what a few Maine artists are working on or just finished amid the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Other Maine artists are welcome to send their current or very recent creations to [email protected]

Bangor illustrator Eric Zelz is painting watercolors for Arizona children’s book author Annie Watson’s story about a little girl and her “monster” to be published by Maine’s Tilbury House.

In Bar Harbor, artist Michelle McCann leads the Mount Desert Island YMCA’s “Knit Fit” class. While the number of coronavirus cases climbs, and the YMCA group’s knitting/walking on the indoor track is suspended, Michelle has been creating a series of knitted washcloth designs. She uses worsted-weight, cotton-blend yarn and knits on No. 2 needles.

“I find the repetitive movement combined with a technical focus to be reassuring and grounding,” she writes. “I have discovered that this practice holds true for other knitters as well. Research has shown that anxiety is often held at bay when the senses are engaged.”

In Ellsworth, blacksmith Adriaan Gerber recently forged a set of handsome kitchen knives from raw Japanese steel.

Meanwhile Seattle painter/illustrator/textile designer Julie Paschkis is creating a new elaborate coloring page for folks to download for free each week for folks to color in at juliepaschkis.com/coloring pages. The Paschkis family has a home in Birch Harbor.

Other Maine artists are welcome to send their current or very recent creations to [email protected]



Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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