Renamed the Doris Combs Art Studio, the two-story building on Main Street in Prospect Harbor has been used during several Schoodic Arts Summer Festivals, as a rented venue and some of the most heavily trafficked classroom space. The Combs Studio has housed pottery-making, basket-weaving, painting, jewelry classes and others.
Each fall, it is the showcase of the Schoodic Creativity Tour, a collaboration between Schoodic Arts for All and a local organization, Schoodic Creates. During the tour, local artists turned the space into a delightful exhibition space for their work.
With ample and versatile multi-use space, the Doris Combs Studio serves as an ideal artistic center for the community; a place for artists to work, collaborate and further artistic synergy, and access shared tools and equipment. Additionally, the building provides teaching space for classes and exhibition space for local artists who do not have their own exhibition space. Future plans call for developing an artist-in-residence program, offering affordable studio space and an arts resource for the local school located across the street.
A long-time goal of Schoodic Arts for All has been to provide space for local artists to share work, teaching and exhibition space outside the two weeks of the Schoodic Arts Festival.
Schoodic Arts for All has been able to bring that goal closer to reality through a generous donation from long-time community member and artist Doris Combs of a beautiful historic building housing a former art studio.
Following article from the Ellsworth American, March 11th, 2011:
Studio Donated to Schoodic Arts for All
Written by Jacqueline Weaver
GOULDSBORO — A Gouldsboro artist is donating her studio, a two-story shingled building originally built as an ice cream shop, to Schoodic Arts for All (SAFA).
Owner Doris Combs said she would like the arts and cultural organization to continue to use the building in the village of Prospect Harbor for Schoodic Arts Festival workshops and for other purposes, such as storage.
“I like the idea of Schoodic Arts for All having a little presence in Prospect Harbor,” said Combs, a founding member of SAFA who has owned the building since 1994.
Mary Laury, executive director of SAFA, said the organization has been hoping for permanent studio space to store spinning wheels and looms, pottery wheels and kilns, and other equipment.
“Now we have a place where they can be used by the public on an ongoing basis,” Laury said. “As part of our long-range plan, we also had hoped to begin an artist-in-residence program, which this studio space will make possible.”
You can help Schoodic Arts and our community by sharing your feedback on ways to make the most of the Combs Studio.