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Ornament making at Museum L-A


LEWISTON - Volunteers recently gathered to cut and assemble ornaments for the Museum L-A holiday tree which will be displayed at the upcoming FEZtival of Trees opening on November 16 at the Kora Shrine Temple in Lewiston. In keeping with Museum L-A’s exhibits and collections, the ornaments’ designs are inspired by the local mills and shoe shops and the people who worked in them, with many incorporating authentic materials from those industries. They also reflect the spirit of creativity – then and now. A selection of these ornaments will also be available for purchase at the Museum’s store. Project coordinators Elaine Toutain and Linda DeSantis - both retired art teachers - designed and created the ornaments. Pictured, from left are: Toutain, Carmen Caouette, DeSantis, Nancy Jutras, Dorothy Leclair and Peg Corson.  Among the designs are:  3-D Paper ornaments that display Bates bedspread designs; “icicles” made from shoelaces, paper bead and felt garland with Bates Mill cotton thread; silver “snowflakes” based on the design of loom gears; and paper doll figures outfitted as millworkers. A mill cupola, once a familiar part of the local skyline, served as inspiration for the tree’s topper. Come to the Feztival to check out these ornaments as well as how a Bates bedspread remnant has been transformed into a beautiful tree skirt and stocking and stop by to visit Museum L-A’s store for the holidays. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, contact Diane Williams at Museum L-A at 207-333-3881 or Museum L-A is located at in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston and open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.