A workshop on the art and traditional handcraft of fly tying will be offered from 1-4 pm, Saturday April 9. Registered Maine Guide and co-founder of Maine Outdoor School Joe Horn will instruct. Beginners will learn the basics to get into the craft and veteran tyers will learn new techniques and skills. Each participant should have enough time to make around 6 flies. EAC is able to provide full scholarships for two teen participants in this session.

“As a craft,” Horn notes, “fly tying relies on a whole host of other traditional skills like hunting, trapping, and farming due to the furs and feathers the craft relies on. And, for rural communities, fly tying represents not just an art or craft, but a trade skill.  Every fly that folks fish from is hand tied by a craftsman.”

A graduate from Unity College with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology, Horn also earned his Master’s of Business Administration in Sustainability and Master’s of Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education at  Antioch University New England.

The session is for ages 12 and up. A $30 registration fee covers all materials; to register, please email Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org. Space is very limited, so please register early to save your space. A sliding fee scale is available by request. For information about teen scholarships, please email Alison, address above. Support for this workshop has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building.