JP Craftsman Shane Maxwell Hosts Textile-Inspired Workshops at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Weaving together the themes of the current Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum exhibition, Common Threads, Shane Maxwell, a Jamaica Plain-based craftsman, who oversees textile painting and dyeing for the Boston Ballet and The Santa Fe Opera (over the summer season), is teaching his textile-inspired techniques at an ongoing museum open studio series. Maxwell's Saturday Open Studio workshop series will run every Saturday, from Oct. 13 through Jan. 12, from 11 am to 4 pm. Saturday Open Studio events are included with museum admission.


JP’s Finkelmeier Leading Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Summer Workshops

Jamaica Plain's Maria Finkelmeier is an internationally-recognized percussion performer and educator who will share her artistic vision and spirit with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum visitors this summer. In a series of public workshops, Finkelmeier will respond to the theme of “Sound Studio” through engaging programing in the Museum’s Bertucci Education Studio. Finkelmeier has been selected as the Museum’s next Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series guest artist. Through the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series, the Gardner supports artists in the Boston area by providing artists with opportunities to develop artistic experiences and engaging workshops for Museum visitors. The Series allows artists to consider their work within the rich cultural context of the Gardner Museum and the unique legacy of the Museum’s founder, Isabella Stewart Gardner, through a structured three-month collaboration period of thought, exploration, creation, and workshop implementation.