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Lost and Found: Messengers from The Edge Symposium

Presented by Paula Estey Gallery at Paula Estey Gallery, Newburyport MA

May 17 - 18 2019
Lost and Found: Messengers from The Edge Symposium

Symposium Combines Plants, Animals, Art, Writing, and Reverence featuring Wool Warrior Margaret B. Russell and Hemp Evengelist Melissa Hankens

Paula Estey Gallery (PEG), A Center for Art and Activism, is hosting its first major symposium from May 17 – 18th with two artists who use natural materials to make beautiful handmade crafts while supporting their passion and environmental beliefs. The artists are Margaret B. Russell, a handweaver from Newbury, MA with more than 38 years of experience whose family lineage in textiles, weaving and wool workers goes back to the founding of our nation, and Melissa Hankens, a Hemp Evangelist from

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Tickets for the two-day event are $100. This includes the Friday Evening event, two workshops on Saturday and lunch, as well as take-home gifts. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at:

NEW A LA CARTE PRICING – register by email to

$20 for Friday evening reading and film

$40 for Saturday morning “Weaving Legends” with Margaret B. Russell

$10 for Saturday lunch

$40 for Saturday afternoon “Hemp: The Quiet Revolution with Melissa Hankens



Contact: 978-376-4746


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The Schedule includes:

Friday evening, May 17

  • 6:00 p.m.  A reading of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “An Allegiance to Gratitude,” a video, and talk on “Mapping a New Geography of Hope” and discussion.

Saturday, May 18

  • 10:00 a.m. Wool Warrior Margaret B. Russell leads “Weaving Legends,” a history lesson, a poetic celebration, an art exhibit and a hands-on ceremony. Margaret will share her research on extinct sheep breeds and love for the animals whose wool she uses.
    • Part 1 of Weaving Legends: Learn why a handweaver is helping to conserve threatened sheep breeds being raised by British, Irish, and American farmers and flock keepers.
    • Part 2 of Weaving Legends: Discover how of this engagement in conservation will summon the senses and stir the heart. A selection of Margaret’s woven pieces, known as Preservation Wraps, will be on exhibit. Each piece in this private collection represents a vulnerable, watch-listed British breed. This life project, when complete, will have over 70 pieces in the collection. The extraordinary stories of several of these breeds will be told.  All participants will receive a woven rare breed gift. We will close with a short reading to honor all creatures.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Plant-based lunch together, provided by Mandarava, a vegan restaurant in Newburyport.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Hemp Evangelist Melissa Hankens presents “Hemp: The Quiet Revolution,” exploring the history of hemp, how its cultivation can benefit our planet, and how modern processing methods make hemp fabric indistinguishable from linen.

“Cannabis sativa is one of the oldest cultivated crops on planet earth, revered for its innumerable uses over time. Yet the early 20th century ushered in its downfall here in America thanks to aggressive campaigning from opposing interests and the resulting Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Overnight, the plant that rigged the U.S.S. Constitution and gave us the first pair of Levi’s, was stricken from our fields and our way of life. At this point of crisis, hemp may be the environmental savior we need,” said Hankens.

Everyone will receive the gift of a handwoven hemp utility cloth, a beautiful and functional piece with myriad uses around the house.

  • 3:30-4:00 p.m. Closing Circle of Reverence ceremony to de-brief, affirm and set intentions.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


  • Melissa Hankens


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3 Harris Street, Newburyport, MA 01950


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