Fiber Art On Display At WCCC Through December 18

Stunning fiber art that includes intricate masks and enchanting tapestries by a Lubec artist Shanna Wheelock is on display now through Dec. 18, in the library at the Washington County Community College. (WCCC photo)

Fascinating fiber art that includes intricate masks and enchanting, “Shanna Wheelock: Woven Works,” is on display now through Dec. 18, in the library at Washington County Community College.

A meet and greet for the local artist was held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. 

This is Wheelock’s first show at the college.

Wheelock, who lives and works in the easternmost town in the United States, has a home, studio and gift shop on the North Lubec road called Cobscook Pottery and Fiber Art. She has lived in Lubec since 2001.

In her barn, turned into a studio and gift shop, she also works with clay and describes herself as the easternmost potter in Maine, with elaborate clay pieces that both challenge and give peace. 

“My functional pottery and weaving is deeply rooted in the spiritual realm, a celebration of nature and being. Like my sculptural work, repetition is at the forefront. It is my daily mediation,” she said on her web site, 

She studied ceramics in the early 1990s as a fine arts student and took to weaving a few years later when she had been awarded a fellowship, her web site said. She works primarily with mid-range stoneware to create unique functional pottery and sculptures. Her political ceramic work has been featured in “American Craft Magazine.”

She learned the art of Zati mask making during a fellowship with weaver Susan Barret Merrill who authored the book “Zati: The Art of Weaving a Life. “Each mask is hand-woven on a small journey loom and then felted,” she said. The masks are wearable.

Wheelock, according to the web site, recognizes the arts as a pathway to healing and is grateful for her enchanted life on the coast, with her husband, poet Chris Crittenden and their special felines, Bello and Bouli.

“We are fortunate to live in a world where color and imagination are part of our everyday existence,” she said on her web site.

She has spent many years facilitating workshops for women groups, inmates, children and exchange students, and is a certified Maine visual arts teacher. 

Her studio features an assortment of functional wares, jewelry, weaving, scripture and painting. It is open May through December. Just look for the open flag on her mailbox.