New Exhibition at the Farnsworth — Katharine Cobey: A Different Voice

  • ROCKLAND, Maine
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  • August 30, 2019

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Katharine Cobey, Detail of Ritual Against Homelessness,1991, Hand spun, hand knit Churro wool, leather, shell, bone. Collection of the Artist, ©2010 David Cobey

On Saturday, October 5, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine, will open an exhibition of works by fiber artist Katharine Cobey entitled Katharine Cobey: A Different Voice. A preview will be celebrated at a free, community event on Friday, October 4, from 5 – 8 p.m. as part of First Friday at the Farnsworth sponsored by First National Bank. The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Rothschild Gallery through April 12, 2020.

Cushing, Maine fiber artist Katharine Cobey builds three-dimensional forms by knitting with unusual fibers, metal wires, and plastics. Her stitches give shape to her viewpoints, integrating and shaping magical costumes or emblems of memory and loss. She started knitting when she was eleven as she watched her grandmother. Not until after she had become a published poet and had raised a family did she return to knitting on another level, using the process as a means toward building sculptural forms. Knitting for Cobey over time has become a vehicle to express feelings and to comment upon sometimes difficult social issues that she once articulated through her poetry.

The preview, on Friday, October 4, from 5 – 8 is part of the Maine Craft Weekend tour. More information about this tour is available at 

In conjunction with this exhibition, Katharine Cobey will give a talk on Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m. The fee is $15 and $10 for Farnsworth members, which includes gallery admission. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Hampton Inn & Suites (Rockland/Thomaston, ME). For more information please visit at

David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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