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Northern Maine snowshoe makers put ‘spark’ in Portland art show

PORTLAND, Maine — Father and son master traditional snowshoe makers Edmond Theriault and Brian J. Theriault of Fort Kent shared their craft at the Maine Historical Society’s “Spark! Maine ART Stories” event on Friday, Nov. 3, in Portland.

Sixteen artists displayed a broad spectrum of multimedia art at the show from a Topsham based scientist who transforms discarded or donated items into original works to jewelry designers paying tribute to their Wabanaki heritage.

The purpose of the exhibit, according to the society’s Outreach Curator Tilly Laskey, was to explore “the varied and diverse ways people in Maine express themselves today.”

The Theriaults have been creating hand-crafted snowshoes for nearly 50 years. They are co-authors of the book, “Leaving Tracks: A Maine Tradition,” an instructional guide to making traditional Maine snowshoes.

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