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  • Alberti, Lillian
    Festival Instructor
    Click Here to go to Lillian's Website I'm Lillian Alberti. I am an ART Doll artist and ODACA member. I have been creating ART dolls for over 25 years and my work has been featured in many doll related publications both in the US and in UK. I feel blessed to be able to travel and teach doll making workshops across the country. The thrill in creating, and the joy in sharing has made my doll making journey more fulfilling than ever!
  • Andrew, Maureen
    Festival Instructor 2020
    My family and I moved to Maine in 1995, looking for a better quality of life and room to roam.  We purchased a small hobby farm, gathered a few sheep, llamas and dogs, and here we are! I am a hospice nurse by profession and a learning artist by desire.  With the lovely fiber from my woolie flock I began needle felting many years ago.  My felting combines my love of whimsy, color and fiber.  I create a menagerie of land and sea creatures of all shapes and sizes!  What fun!  Recently, I've been learning to paint!  Stand by for that!  A work in progress. We are now down to only one dog on the farm as we are "downsizing." Change can be hard, but exciting!  I try to live by words a former art teacher wrote in my high school yearbook:  "Becoming is superior to being.  Become."
  • Arter, Deb
    Festival Instructor
    I am concerned with messages, interpretations, language, decay, and layered histories. Poetry lets me explore these processes through the medium of text in the verbal realm. The themes and images that often reoccurred in my written work are the same ones that are being fleshed out in my paintings, assemblages and experimental printmaking forays. My prints themselves seek to take on the characteristics of poetry. The house is a reoccurring image in many pieces. The notion of sharing space with teenagers and their music has surfaced as a theme in many pieces recently. These prints, some collagraphs, some mixed processes are the result of layering and reworking graphic imagery, letters forms, movable type and symbols that hopefully cast a sliver of light on the challenge that communication and being understood is. I received my BA in Art Education from Iowa State University and MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art. I currently teach printmaking at the Midcoast Printmakers studio in Damariscotta, Maine College of Art and at various Adult Education programs in the Midcoast Maine. "The magical space in between realism and artifice, between physical phenomenon and mental activities between objective and subjective states." - Vik Muniz
  • Balteff, Kathryn
    Festival Instructor
  • Barter, Rick
    30 years as educator in public education on MDI. Over 50 years playing music on multiple instruments. Adult Ed…. Teaching beginning an intermediate ukulele classes on MDI. Primary instigator of several performing musical groups on MDI Led several community “song circles.”…. Before Covid
  • Barto, Pearl
      Winter Harbor Historical Society Website
  • Bee Parks and the Hornets
    Bee Parks and the Hornets is the creative endeavor of Brittany Parker, a Maine-based theatre and music maker. She started the band at the beginning of 2018 to empower young people and the adults who love them. Pulling from various musical inspirations, including Motown, the Beach Boys, and 90's alt rock, Brittany begin writing a series of songs that included stories of environmentalism, social justice, equality, self-confidence, and loving your neighbor. She was joined by her friends and colleagues Mélissa Smith, Carl Ferm, Joey Dupuis, and Jarly Bobadilla -- who all also contributed songs and musical ideas. This culminated in a 60-minute theatrical show with puppets and audience interaction. More musicians joined the team to create a roster of Hornets playing a variety of instruments, including trumpet, saxophone, electric guitar, keyboard, ukulele, bass guitar, and drumset (see gallery below). The band has played at theaters, libraries, museums, schools, zoos, and parks across the East Coast. In July 2019 they released their first full length album, Welcome to Our Hive, which can be found on all digital music platforms.
  • Bell, Cathy
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Berry, Chelsea
    Teaching Artist, Performer
    “Great, talented, beautiful … her future is so bright you’re gonna have to wear shades.” – Chris Smither Chelsea Berry is a singer-songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Her original music evokes the style of artists such as Eva Cassidy and KD Lang. A favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast, Berry’s beautiful voice and commanding stage presence has carried her to venues across the country. Chelsea’s original music has been featured frequently on Sirius XM’s The Loft and on local radio stations across the U.S. She has performed at Boston’s House of Blues, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and more. She has opened for artists such as Chris Isaak, Mavis Staples, Belinda Carlisle, Roger McGuinn, and Tom Chapin, and has been a student of American songwriting legends such as Dave Van Ronk, Janis Ian, Susan Werner, and Ellis Paul. Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home in Gouldsboro, Maine.
  • Best, Don
    Festival Instructor 2020
      Don has a BFA from the Maine College of Art and has done extensive studies in wood at Haystack Mountain School on Deer Isle. Inspired by his study of Maine wild life, his sculptures include life size wall pieces of herons, loons, hawks and pileated woodpeckers.   Find Don's Work Here
  • Blackstone, Mary
    Festival Instructor 2020
      Mary Blackstone is from Ellsworth.  She is a retired professor and former Dean of Fine Arts.  She and her partner Cameron Louis, have been dancing since 1995. They dance both American and International style dances, and have studied at studios in Canada, the UK and the US.  They have competed in amateur dance competitions, but first and foremost they enjoy dancing as an activity they can do together at home, within the local dance scene or wherever they travel.  They always enjoy an opportunity to use their teaching skills to get others of all ages up and moving on the dance floor and enjoying this fun kind of exercise.
  • Blanco, Richard
  • Bowen, Barbara
  • Bryson, Bob
    Festival Instructor
    Bob grew up in Maine and obtained a Degree in Art Education at the University of Maine-Orono in 1972.  He has exhibited extensively throughout Maine, New England and beyond and has received a number of awards for his artwork.  He works primarily in pastels, acrylic, pen & ink and graphite.  He also produces a large quantity of woodcuts, illustrates books and is an editorial cartoonist for newspapers.  His art includes a wide variety of subjects including portraits, wildlife, landscapes, and surrealistic subjects.  He is never without his sketch books and also teaches groups or individuals.  
  • Buell, Obadiah
    Obadiah Bourne Buell is a self-taught craftsman working primarily with stone. Homeschooled on the family quarry in Sullivan, Maine; Obadiah learned stone-working techniques at a young age and has been working with stone for over 25 years. As a part of the lifelong learning experience, Buell has been influenced by Maine’s natural beauty, world travel and a deep connection to Spirit. Obadiah’s attention to detail and passion for his art are expressed in every piece. Currently, he creates both artistic and functional stonework for the home and garden at the Granite Garden Gallery in Sullivan.   Obadiah's Website
  • Cassiday, Bruce
    Festival Instructor
    A professional artist/photographer/musician for over 50 years with work in both the “commercial” and “fine arts” spectrum of the field.  A BFA student at Kent State University in the 60’s with a studio minor in graphics, I started my artistic endeavors as a painter, and switched to the photography in the mid 60’s.  I still draw and use all of my artistic experience with the digital side of photography. The freedom of the medium with the years of training and work as an artist allows me the best of both worlds….  Since moving to Maine 30 years ago, I picked up where I left off playing Jazz … and now with many friends, we have built up a great venue for playing in Penobscot, Hancock and Washington Counties...the players I've gathered range in age from their early 60's to their mid 80's...and each one brings years of talent and experience to the table  for playing jazz, in its many forms and genres.... it is very fulfilling at this stage in life to work with the total creative spectrum....
  • Castlebay
    Since 1986 Castlebay has been weaving together Maine's nautical and British Isles legacies transporting their audience through time and across the Atlantic. Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performances. Finely crafted ballads with evocative imagery and beautiful melodies depict Maine characters, history, and life close to the elemental beauty of the sea and shore. Their renditions of traditional and original songs are supported with Celtic harp, 12-string guitar, fiddle & woodwinds. Julia Lane, singer, songwriter, and folklorist, has been playing the Celtic harp since 1989. Self-taught, she rapidly became a skilled and exciting player, winning the Senior Professional division at the New Hampshire Scottish Games Harp Competition in 1990 and 1991 and the International Folk Harp Competition at Stonehill College in 1992. Julia has done extensive research in folksong archives throughout New England and is currently transcribing songs from the Flanders Collection at Middleburg College, Vermont. This audio archive has over 3000 songs, 900 collected in Maine. Fred Gosbee, singer, songwriter, and storyteller, plays classic and 12-string guitar, violin, viola and Irish flute. He learned many traditional songs from his family, who worked as lumbermen in the forests of New Brunswick and Maine. His original songs have been sung and recorded by other artists.Fred has engineered most of Castlebay's recordings and has also built Julia’s harps and many other instruments. Visit their website.
  • Chessie, Chris
  • Chessie, Martha
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Adult Education is where Martha got her start in basket weaving over three decades ago! She has been fortunate to share her love of basket weaving and mitten-making throughout programs in southern and mid-coast Maine. Martha also travels to various fairs and festivals throughout New England. When she is not weaving, you can find her enjoying her family, including her 4-year old granddaughter.
  • Chisholm, Lee
      Born in 1949, Lee Chisholm has been a lawyer (1980-95), a first through eighth grade Waldorf school class teacher (1995-2008), and a Quaker school seventh/eighth grade science, math, and social studies teacher (2008—present). Throughout that time he has exercised (though more like a jogger than a triathlete) his great love of drawing, painting, storytelling, and theater. Currently, he maintains a studio in Portland and a membership in the Union of Maine Visual Artists, As a longstanding member of 350 Maine and the convenor of 350 Greater Portland, much of his art has focused on arts activism relating to climate justice: street theater pieces, banners, signs, and props giving visual expression and soul to the passions and ideals of the climate justice movement. He relishes, too, the once-a-month sessions with ARRT!, which provides opportunity to dedicate hours of fun, collaborative, creative energy making art with others on a host of themes.   ARRT! Website
  • Christensen, Tim
    Festival Instructor
      I have been making black and white pieces since 2003. I am getting better as I get deeper into this technique of sgraffito, and probably would stop if I weren’t. I am starting to see my sculptural background seep in, as well as a renewed interest in altering the thrown form. My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us. I make my work to be appreciated by those who know a lot or a little about porcelain or art, and make it with the hopes that some of these pots will survive longer than me or the culture in which we live, and will still be as relevant then as now. I live near the coast in eastern Maine and have done most of my work in the last few years in my tiny off-the-grid cabin in Roque Bluffs. My time there is magical, the stillness seductive. I also work at the new house my partner and I built in Franklin. The hustle and bustle of family life provide plenty of incentive for focus, and I believe sharpens my work. Visit my website at:
  • Christie, Audra
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Audra Christie is a Maine based artist working with installation, printmaking and socially engaged art. Christie's work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from ethics, craft, localism, conviviality, the rural and community in formats that are widely varied including public installations, bingo, community dinners and a traveling tiny house studio that offers free classes in knitting, hand embroidery and needle felting. Christie received her BFA in Interdisciplinary fine arts with a concentration in the visual arts at the University of Maine at Machias in 2003. And with her MFA in studio art, at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, in May 2015. The presence of craft in some form is a key element in her work. Interaction with the physical presence of the materials is a personal, yet simultaneously shared experience. Christie works with community as medium. The ability to create situations of collaboration is a skill she cultivates to bring people into her practice. Conversation can be a process that creates an interpersonal fabric from individual threads, a process of weaving that recalls the common starting point of text and textile. The interweaving of people presents an opportunity for exchange: the exchange of ideas, skills, resources and experience of viewpoints. The community can be understood as the interaction of multiple voices. The strength is in the differences as much as the similarities; we each bring something different to exchange. Christie’s work is based in the rural. The urban holds the voice of cultural centrality, while in the rural there is an independence that exists at the overlap of the historical and traditional.
  • Cirillo, Sandi
    Festival Instructor
    Sandi Cirillo has been a fiber/mixed media artist for over 25 years specializing in creating artwork which pleases the eye and craves to be touched. The inspiration for her work focuses on the textural qualities of manmade and natural fibers which she incorporates into her artwork. Her work reflects her love of traveling throughout Maine where she lives and her appreciation of the natural environment around her. Sandi is a retired art educator who gives many different fiber workshops in the Northeast and North Carolina. She teaches many of her workshops in collaboration with various arts centers throughout the Northeast. She has taught undegraduate and graduate courses at Alfred University and Nazareth College in New York State. She currently teaches drawing and fiber classes at Senior College in Belfast, Maine. Visit her website..........www.especially-­ to see examples of Sandi's work. You can also see her work at the Lupine Cottage in Belfast, Harbor Artisans in Belfast, Southwest Harbor Artisans in Southwest Harbor, River Arts in Damariscotta, Beyond the Sea in Lincolnville and the Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, New York. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and her artwork is in many private collections. Sandi lives in Searsport, Maine where she has her studio and where she teaches many different workshops which are listed on her website.
  • Clark Nickon, Leanne
  • Coburn, Amanda
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Amanda Coburn first began her metalsmithing journey in January of 2005. Through online venues and social networking, she has shipped finished jewelry and handmade jewelry making supplies far and wide- Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, and all over North America. In 2010 she partnered with two other local jewelers and artists, Anne Reigstad of Ymir Glass Design and Roxanne Munksgaard of Maine Peace Works, and opened Maine Jewelry & Art Gallery and Studios at 100 Harlow Street in Bangor, Maine. She is proud to now have a home base to sell, design, and create her pieces- and to share her skills with others in artisan lessons and workshops.       
  • Connect & Create
    Community Group
    If you like getting together with others to chat and work on your own arts or crafts, be sure to visit our Connect and Create Group via Zoom on Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30. Join us for an informal get-together every Thursday morning to chat with other artists and work on your own art.  Combat isolation and set aside a time every week to connect with others and create art. Art and creating is important, as is making personal connections.  This group will give us all the opportunity to set aside time each week for for that connection and creativity.  There is no charge, but an RSVP is required.  Email for more information and to sign up.
  • Corley-Wood, JoAnne
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Cutler, Liz
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Delicious Drag Divas
    A bunch of Queens slaying the stage to show you an epic show.  
  • Dembska, Anna
    Anna Dembska is a composer, soprano, voice teacher and choral conductor. She has taught voice, musicianship, and performance technique for over 25 years, including at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theater Wing, the Metropolitan Opera Guild's In-School Program and National Teacher Training, and Brooklyn College Conservatory Prep. Division. Her books, You've Got Rhythm: read music better by feeling the beat (Flying Leap Music, 2002), and Piano, Body and Soul (Flying Leap Music, 2006), both co-authored with pianist Joan Harkness, are bringing new repertoire, improvisation techniques, and sophisticated music skills to amateur and beginning musicians. She directs the Schoodic Summer Chorus, an unauditioned a capella community chorus in Winter Harbor, Maine.
  • DiGati, Paula
  • Doc & Polly
    Acoustic guitar and vocal blues duo. Early 20th century American acoustic blues featuring Doc’s unique fingerpicking guitar technique and Polly’s powerful vocals. Kenneth Uhnak and Paula Ann DiGati are better known to the local music community as “Doc & Polly.” In the past year, they have become known for their faithful renditions of early 20th century American acoustic blues; featuring Ken’s unique finger-picking guitar technique and Paula’s powerful vocals, both well suited to the genre.
  • Dorcas Library
    Website Dorcas Library brings people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives, build community, and inspire the joy of lifelong learning.
  • Duff, Tamara
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Dugan, Jim
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Jim Dugan grew up outside Philadelphia and came to Maine in 1989 to study photography. He’s never left. He’s a commercial and fine-art photographer based in Rockland. He teaches photography aboard the schooner Mary Day every summer and has served on her as crew. His photography is in many collections, hospitals and hotels.   Website:
  • Exhibits
    Artist Exhibits
  • Fein, Randy
    Festival Instructor
    Randy Fein Website Artist Statement:  “Clay is my material of expression. It inspires touch, while offering infinite possibilities for shape and texture. I work in the moment; my hands are my tools. I scratch, pinch, push and press; seeking to discover the life within the shapeless mud that I hold before me” Randy Fein Ms Randy Fein creates ceramic sculpture that is imaginative and wonderfully fluid. As a workshop leader and gifted instructor, she inspires her students to the infinite possibilities of clay while sharing the alluring and seductive expressive properties of her medium. She is a Teaching Artist listed on the Maine Arts Commission roster conducting workshops in ceramics throughout the state of Maine. Her experiences as a ceramics instructor include Unity College, in Unity Maine., Castleton State College in Vermont, and Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts. Ms Fein's relief sculptures are held in private and public collections including: Babson College, University of Southern Maine, and Fidelity investments. Her ceramic reliefs and hand painted pottery are in select shops and galleries throughout New England. The artist's commissioned studio work includes eighteen clay relief and mixed media large-scale installations designed for private homes, public hospitals, and schools. A highlighted list of installation sites include: Castleton State College, Vermont; Maine Medical Center, Portland; ME., Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME.; Gorham Middle School, Gorham, ME.; The Maine Ronald Mc Donald Children Care Center, Bangor, ME., and Babson College, Wellesley, MA.
  • Fern, Meri
    Festival Instructor 2020
    I consider myself a mixed media mosaic artist and photographer.  For me what that means is that I incorporate many different items into each "UNIQUE" piece I make.  For instance, when I make a mirror border I may use mosaic tiles, glass beads, stained glass remnants, wild turkey feathers found in my yard, broken china, and ceramic tiles to name a few.  With mosaics and photography I am all about color and texture.  Vibrant is my middle name.  And I know I must be doing something right because anyone who sees my work touches it, and runs their fingers along it.  I am all about "upcycling" finding old picture frame at Goodwill, or yard sales and making them UNIQUE and usable again.  It is rare that I buy something new as there usually is life left in the piece I am "upcycling".  
  • Field, Zachary
    Festival Instructor
    Zachary Field, a New England performing artist, was born in Bangor, Maine, and got his start at the age of thirteen by learning to juggle from the book, Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Several months later he performed his first show at a local library and began to perform regularly at local fairs and festivals. At the age of seventeen, Zachary was hired to entertain as “Bingo the Clown” at The Ground Round Restaurant. Eight shows each weekend and often twelve hours a day in costume quickly developed and refined Zachary’s performance skills. Soon after, while teaching a juggling workshop at the Common Ground Fair, Zachary met fellow performers Rick Adam and Robin Mellow, who were impressed with his talent and determination. They quickly encouraged Zachary to pursue his dream of becoming a professional entertainer. Following their advice, Zachary enrolled in the internationally renowned Celebration Barn Theater, and under the guidance of veteran performer Tony Montanaro and Fred Garbo, he began expanding his skills to include elements of comedy, mime and acting. Zachary’s teachers quickly realized that his comic timing and ability to improvise were his greatest strengths and they encouraged him to fully develop his skills. At the age of nineteen, Zachary became involved in another area of theater, Musical Theater. Children's singer and fellow performer, Pam Flood, noticed Zachary’s unusually fine voice (Zachary would often sing backstage as a way of relieving nerves).  She insisted that he audition for an upcoming community theater production of “The King and I”. After being cast in the show and hearing the many fine singers in the ensemble, Zachary was inspired to begin voice lessons with vocal instructor Ann Mills. This led not only to many more musical theater roles, but also to his study of classical vocal technique and opera. Zachary began participating in vocal concerts, singing church oratorio roles, and entering classical vocal competitions. During this time he also appeared in several Shakespearean plays at the Maine Shakespeare Festival.  At  the same time he performed a pre-show juggling act before each show at the festival.   His performances there led to another role with the Penobscot Theater’s “The Merchant of Venice”, a traveling  educational production that toured Maine middle schools, high schools and colleges . While on tour, Zachary also served as an instructor for the theater workshops that many of the schools participated in. Zachary’s current show is a reflection of his thirty years of theatrical experience. Each show is a unique, custom-designed  performance. Juggling, balancing, unicycling, slack-wire, mime, comedy, story-telling, and balloon-sculpting  skills are blended together into a show filled with a variety of skill, humor and just plain fun! Whether strolling along a slack-wire, juggling flaming torches or incorporating a surprised volunteer  into the act , Zachary creates a show filled with fun and a little bit of magic!  
  • Finn, John
    Festival Instructor 2020
    John E. Finn is a professionally trained chef and Professor of Government Emeritus at Wesleyan University. He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, and holds degrees from Princeton University, Georgetown University Law Center, and Nasson College. Finn’s scholarship and writing in the field of food studies lay at the intersection of food, recipes, and politics. In addition to The Perfect Omelet, his published works include “How a Recipe Means: Interpreting the Recipe as Text,” in Table Matters, an entry on “Measurements,” in The Oxford Companion to Sweets (ed. by Darra Goldstein, 2015), an essay on Julia Child in Gastronomica (2007), an essay on “Sacraments and Swedish Meatballs” in Wesleyan Magazine (2004), and scholarly articles on “The Perfect Recipe,” (2011) and “The Kitchen Voice as Confessional,” (2004) in Food, Culture & Society. Finn is also the author of four books on constitutional law: Fracturing the Founding: How the Alt-Right Corrupts the Constitution (2019), Peopling the Constitution (2014), American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes (coauthor, 20018), and Constitutions in Crisis: Political Violence and the Rule of Law (1991). Finn is a dynamic speaker; he has won several awards for outstanding teaching. He has fashioned two very successful courses on the Constitution for The Great Courses Company, which selects the nation’s best college and university professors to teach courses on DVD and CD: "Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights" and "The First Amendment". Finn lectures frequently on food and popular culture, including at the Culinary Institute of America and the New England Culinary Institute, as well as at Molly O’Neill’s LongHouse Food Revival. He has also lectured on food and popular culture in France and Italy. The Perfect Omelet Website
  • Fisher, Tim
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Defining oneself as a woodworker these days often leads to more questions than answers.  It would be much easier to specify: furniture maker, cabinetmaker, carpenter, artist, craftsman.  Yet I try not to confine myself to one label.  “Woodworker” suits me just fine, and all ambiguity that goes with it.  Folks always ask me what kind of work I do.  After years of fumbling a response, I’ve realized my work is creating spaces for people.  That may be a simple shelf on a wall or renovating an entire room.  I’ve built places to cook, places to bathe or to sleep.  I can build a table to share a meal or a shed for garden tools.  In today’s busy world, a charming space can make all the difference in life.  A rocker by the stove, a window seat, an office desk — wood adds a warmth absent in so many other materials.  And so it’s the medium I’ve chosen to focus my time.    
  • Forrester, Rhonda
  • Fox, Vicki
      Vicki's Website
  • Friedland, Molly
    Molly Friedland is a farmer-florist, growing and selling specialty dried and fresh cut flowers out of Ellsworth and Bar Harbor, Maine. After a decade of managing vegetable farms in Western North Carolina and estate gardens on MDI, Molly now owns and operates the 'Little Red Flower Truck', a flower farm and floral design business whose aim is to spread floral joy on the coast of Maine. Little Red Flower Truck
  • Gawler Sisters
    The Gawler Sisters are a fun-loving, folk-singing, fiddle-playing trio based in their native Maine. On banjo, fiddle and cello, Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring beautiful songs, tunes, and stories from their roots in the heart of Maine. Their music feels cut directly from their homeland's fields and forests, and though it is rooted in traditional "downeast" music, years of curiosity and travel into the world beyond have influenced their sense of musicianship. Their extensive collection of rollicking tunes in the Scots-Irish, Franco-American and Scandinavian traditions is complemented by angelic three-part-harmony, gutsy worksongs, folk-blues, and amusing odes to everyday life. This music is part of their heritage as the three sisters were taught to play and sing by their Mom (Ellen Gawler, fiddler and singer) and Dad (John Gawler, banjo player and songster.) The Gawlers' unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content, delivered in the stoic but friendly style of true New Englanders. They are often joined by the rest of the family, their parents John and Ellen Gawler, Ethan Tischler, and Bennett Konesni to bring the full fledged, rip roaring, sky soaring tunes and songs to their performances. With their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship, the Gawlers have earned a beloved place in the delighted hearts of varied audiences across the Northeast. The folk music itself brings a sense of community and grassroots connection that is welcoming and from the heart.
  • Gawler, Molly
    Teaching Artist Molly Gawler is a dancer, musician and mom. She has toured the world as a dancer in Pilobolus Dance Theater and then came back full circle to her homestate of Maine. She lives in Orland with her husband, Lao and sons Caspian and Mica. She has studied at New England Center for Circus Arts, specializing in the Cyr Wheel, Acro Partnering, Acrobatics and Aerial Rope. Molly is the founder of her own company, Droplet Dance, in which she creates her own choreographic works integrating the arts of circus, acrobatics, music, dance, story and song.
  • Gilbert, Debbie
    Ms. Gilbert always knew she was an artist, but it took decades to give herself permission to call herself one. Until then, art played an important but secondary role in her life. Inspired by nature and curiosity, Debbie observes and uses color, form and texture to inform her work. She gravitates toward the dimensional and often uses sculptural elements in her mixed media projects. Photography has always played a role in Debbie’s artistic endeavors. She loves natural as well as man-made objects and people. She has produced several shows of her photographs along with written journals to give depth to the work. Debbie began sculpting in clay when her boys were young. She graduated to stone and epoxy clay. Continuing her experimentation with different media, Debbie discovered fiber and assemblage. “The materials allow you to create three-dimensional projects such as felted wool, knitted or crocheted wearable art (handbags and luxurious scarves), silver and beaded jewelry and other sculptural works. Being a recycler at heart, she reassembles discarded objects to create one of a kind art, while saving the planet. Ms. Gilbert has exhibited in juried shows at the Barnum Museum, the SPAG Gallery, The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Housatonic Museum of Art and the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, among others. She has been awarded prizes for her ink drawings and photographs. Debbie has also been commissioned by Positive People Magazine, “The Best 10 Minute Plays for 3 or more Actors” and for a generational themed sculpture at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven. Ms. Gilbert founded the Stratford Arts Guild in 2006 (renamed the Coastal Arts Guild of CT in 2014) and is currently its Treasurer. A native New Yorker, Debbie now lives Stratford, Connecticut with her husband and 2 dogs.  They visit Tunk Lake every summer with their adult sons and love being involved in the Schoodic Arts for All festival. Website  
  • Gouldsboro Historical Society
    Website The Town of Gouldsboro Historical Society is devoted to researching, collecting, and preserving the Town's historical material, and educating citizens about the history of our Town and region. The Society serves the community by operating the Old Town House Museum the Blance Archive, and this website; by cooperating with schools, libraries, and local organizations; and by offerring numerous events to inform and entertain the public. The Society was begun in 1982 by Lyda Noyes and Mary Lou Weaver as the West Gouldsboro Historical Society. They quickly discovered there was much interest throughout the whole town in preserving the history of the area. Thus, in 1983, the name of the Society was changed to the Town of Gouldsboro Historical Society and collections of papers and artifacts concerning the early history of the town were donated to the group.
  • Gray, Chris
  • Grillo, Michael
      Dr Michael Grillo chairs the Department of Art at the University of Maine. As a practicing art historian and photographer, he draws from the wealth of historical paintings in creating both traditional and digital photographs. Michael Grillo's Bio
  • Hathaway, Lucinda
    Festival Instructor
    Lucinda learned to do Watercolor Journaling in 2008 aboard the Angeliqe (a Maine windjammer) with Don Getz as her teacher. She has become entranced with the journaling and used it on many other trips and to record her daily happenings.   Her enthusiasm for the craft is present as she introduces novices and pros to this method of painting. She is the author of two children’s books: Takashi’s Voyage and ‘Round the World (both available on Amazon) and is a loyal volunteer at her local elementary school where she teaches 3rd, 4th & 5th graders the art of journaling. It is a happy art and a good one for one and all to enjoy every day. Lucinda has also studied with Diana Gessler and Pam Johnson Brickell, both wonderful journalists. Her class introduces you to the art of journaling and its various styles. She also includes info about materials and sources for more information. Welcome to the world of journaling….come and “just do it.” Visit Lucinda's Website
  • Heath O'Brien, Wendilee
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Quaker roots and life in Downeast Maine shape my work. My vision is to hold up our most treasured gifts- nature and children celebrating the joy they embody when nurtured. Intertwined with this is the work and way of life I internalized while living in Asia. I take the individual to the universal, returning to the particular as in the art of Haiku. I attempt the 3 steps classical Asian Artists pursued – first to elicit the response, “Oh how nice’ , then, “I want to visit” and finally, in a true painting, the viewer wants to stay. Creating scenes melds with my calling to paint what can be, not the ignoble in our world. This vision came while parenting, watching children and following their questing and exploring, thrilled by their capacity to wonder. To tell the stories I use 5 different mediums selecting the one whose ‘voice’ best captures the feeling I want engendered. As an artist making my living at my craft, I intentionally and purposefully integrate my business vision into my artistic one. This is manifested in my pricing, use of materials and relationships with clients. I am an artist committed to keeping original art affordable and accessible to all, to walking as tenderly on the earth as possible and to supporting my fellow small business owners. Wendilee's Website
  • Henries, Hawk
    Festival Instructor, Performer
    Hawk’s Nipmuc lineage helped give form and voice to his thoughts, feelings and relationship to the world around him. Ceremony and other social traditions influenced both his personal relationships as well as his life work. After being discharged from the Navy, while employed in a manufacturing job, Hawk began volunteer work with children diagnosed with autism and pervasive developmental disabilities. The latter felt natural to him and after a year of volunteering he was offered a full time job. He stayed in this field of work as a substance abuse counselor and supervisor in a residential program for adolescents for the next 17 years which included a move with his young family to Maine. Writing and painting were some of the creative expressions that Hawk engaged in but soon after moving to Maine the urge to make music struck him. After years of listening to Native flute he decided this would be the instrument to try. His family gifted a flute to him which began his exploration into the world of music and making flutes. The door to exploring other musical traditions from various places in the world was now open. Yidaki (didgeridoo), Kora, Mbira and Harp are just a few of the instruments that he also loves to play. In an attempt to improve the sound of the flute given to him he succeeded in ruining it. Knowing another would not be given, repairing the flute was what he had to do. For months his time was consumed trying to make it work again. Six months later he had a working flute. Having the fundamental knowledge of how this type of flute works led to building a new flutes… After continued work in the mental health field while at the same time playing at various schools, museums, powwows, and art shows, he felt pulled to engage this musical part of him full time. In 1993 Hawk resigned from work in the mental health field so he could devote his full attention to building and playing flute and using music as a means to discuss how we could bring more health and peace to our world. In 1995 a compilation of flute music was released: “Tribal Winds “ on the Earthbeat label, included was music from Hawk’s 1993 release First Flight. The following years saw invitations for Hawk’s music from his two CD’s Keeping the Fire and Voices, to be used in many documentary videos some of which won or were nominated for Emmy awards.. Hawk’s musical compositions are a reflection of his thinking that we each have the capacity to make a change in the world. His songs embody this thinking and during his presentations he preferences each song with an explanation of its meaning and invites the audience, when appropriate, to share their thoughts and ideas. This approach to performance has led to many invitations both as a musician as well as a speaker. Over the years Hawk has been invited to present his music and share his words in places such as Harvard Divinity School, North Eastern University, Harvard Graduation, Brown University, Abbe Museum, National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Museum). Many churches and religious organizations have invited him to present at conferences and other events. Through the years Hawk has also been a return invitee to many venues such as: Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow — 19 years New Orleans Jazz Festival — 3 years Northfield Conference — 7 years New Years by the Bay — 16 years First Night Boston — 2 years Camp Chrysalis for Children and Families effected by A.I.D.S — 5 years… As one of a relatively small number of Native flute makers who continue in the tradition of using only hand tools and fire, Hawk’s work embodies his commitment to the revitalization and preservation of these skills. His flutes are now part of museum collections and have been a part of an exhibit which traveled the country. He recently applied for and was awarded a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts to share his flute making skills in Native communities in New England with one of the long term goals being to find someone who he could share these skills with ~an apprentice. .In 2006 Hawk was invited to participate in the commemoration of John Smith and the founding of Jamestown Virginia. There were a contingent of representatives from England also participating. After listening to Hawk’s music as well as his spoken passion for using the knowledge from shared past experience to make a healthier world for our children he was invited to England the following year. In England during their commemoration of John Smith Hawk visited with many schools, participated in historically important assemblies of political dignitaries. He also had been commissioned by one of England’s premier orchestras, the London Mozart Players, to create a piece of music with which they would play in concert together. Inspired by this experience which had a profound impact musically and personally, Hawk has a deep interest in classical music and is exploring the potential for bringing together these two seemingly different styles of creative expression in one musical form–Concerto for Native flute and orchestra. Music has the potential of making a bridge across the divides of humanity that are often labeled culture, religion, ideology… ~ Hawk To contact Hawk ~ (207) 422-2054 or visit Hawk on Facebook
  • Holmes, Donna and Osborne, Anne
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Hotchkiss, Judith
    Festival Instructor 2020
      Judith Hotchkiss grew up in a hooking household and watched her mother and older sister punch beautiful rugs. As a young girl, her mother often let her choose colors and practice punching on her big floor frame. Now Judith is an Oxford Certified Instructor, as well as McGown certified to teach traditional rug hooking, and she loves to teach the art to others. She produces her own line of hand-dyed wool and yarn, specializing in multi-value swatch dyeing as well as one-of-a-kind spot dyed skeins. She recently completed a new home studio where she is able to hold classes and retail rug hooking supplies. She lives in Deer Isle, Maine where she is constantly inspired by the colors and beauty of Downeast Maine.
  • Ibarguen, Kara
    Festival Instructor
    Kara grew up in the Western Mountains of Maine where she cultivated an early love of cooking and thereby nurturing her loved ones. The travels of her youth took her to many interesting and exotic kitchens all over the world. From a bakery in Farmington, Maine, to the outdoor kitchens of Madagascar,  the Old faithful Inn, a café in Santa Barbara, and a brewery on Maui, she eventually settled into the Kelp Krunch Bakery and the R&D kitchen at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. She is fortunate to be able to share her love of cooking with the nutrition-conscious, students of all ages, and sea vegetable enthusiasts alike. In addition, thanks to the flexibility of her postion at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, she continues to cook at a free community meal she started with other concerned individuals in 2012, called the Welcome Table, at the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth and be active with the Food Security Network of Hancock County. Kara’s aim is to demystify cooking with sea vegetables so everyone who attends her workshops leaves with the confidence and know-how to nourish their own families with these beautiful gifts from the sea.
  • Johnson, Cathy
  • Jones, Peter
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Artist statement/bio: I have been a potter for 49 years.  In the summer of 1961, I watched a woman throw pots on the wheel in Laguna Beach, California.  I thought I was looking at magic and knew that it was something I had to do.  Two years later, I threw my first pot in a 9th grade arts and crafts class.  As much as I enjoyed it, I didn’t think of pottery again until I was about to graduate from Denver University in 1971 with a degree in psychology.  I had to fulfill an art requirement and remembered how much I enjoyed pottery.  It seemed like a perfect fit for me, but little did I realize that I would be absolutely consumed by it.  On the eve of my graduation from DU, I informed my father that I wanted to be a potter for the rest of my life.  One could see the color just drain from his face…  Nonetheless, I moved to Maine from Colorado in 1973 and have pursued my passion ever since then. I work with stoneware and porcelain clays and fire them in a 100 cubic foot propane-fired kiln of my own design.  My work is mostly functional pots, although I enjoy making more “artistic expressions” when time allows.  Like most artists, I experiment with new techniques and tools as often as I can.  Sometimes experimenting with new ideas leads me down a new path with great results, sometimes not.  It is part of the artistic journey that makes it so exciting for me. I love passing along the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years by giving workshops.    The way I think about my life is that I am doing exactly what I love to do and I just happen to also make a living from it as well. Website:
  • Jordan, Emily
  • Joyce, Dale
    Professional photographer working in historic mediums. I shoot film in various formats and make handmade prints from silver gelatin to carbon transfer. I split my time between Swan's Island and Ellsworth where I have a commercial photography studio.
  • Kampmann, Steven
      Steven graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his Master’s Degree in Psychological Counseling from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, where he wrote his thesis on a method of recording dreams. At the Vermont State Hospital he studied the art of role-playing, humor, and psychodrama in group therapy. It was studying these techniques that drew his interest to drama, comedy, and ultimately to show business. Steven began his film and TV career as a comedic actor/writer at the legendary Second City Theater appearing both in Chicago and Toronto. He wrote and produced the hit television show WKRP in Cincinnati before co-starring as Kirk Devane on the successful Newhart show two ye ars later. He has appeared as an actor in eight movies including Club Paradise with Robin Williams, For The Boys with Bette Midler, and Analyze That! with Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal. He co-wrote the hit comedy Back to School starring Rodney Dangerfield and co-wrote and co-directed the film Stealing Home starring Jodie Foster and Mark Harmon. Other writing credits include The Couch Trip with Second City alum Dan Aykroyd and the cult classic, Clifford, starring Martin Short also Second City alum. Steven’s Christmas film, Special Delivery, debuted on the Fox Family Channel in December 2000. He co-wrote, directed, and appeared in Second City’s first feature film in forty years, Buzzkill, released on Valentine’s Day, 2012. For twelve years Steven was the Writer-in-Residence at Blair Academy in New Jersey where he taught creative writing, screen writing, public speaking, and his popular “dreams” course – the study of ten Jungian principles in the literature of Hermann Hesse. Iin addition to teaching screenwriting, public speaking, and dream workshops all over the country, Steven continues to write. Most recently he completed his first dramatic play, Great Shame, and scripted an actioncomedy entitled Eulogy Guys. He is currently penning a dream book called Dream Memoir - A Creative Life Inspired by Dreams.
  • Kearns, Jennifer
    Festival Instructor and Summer Art Camp Shepherd
    After exploring the world outside of Downeast Maine for over a decade, Jennifer Kearns, a native of Cherryfield, returned home with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration/Visual Design, and the excitement to share her experiences in the art world with the area’s young artists. Her passions in art of all mediums, and her love of children, led to the creation of The Art Shack in 2008, a creative space for children ages 3-18. Collaborations with local artists enabled The Art Shack to offer pottery wheel and hand building classes in addition to printmaking, jewelry design and fine art painting classes. Currently Jennifer is continuing to inspire children to create and explore art through private and group instruction, and as a visual and performing arts instructor at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School.
  • Keegan, Dan
    Festival Instructor
    Dan has enjoyed cooking at home since he was eight years old. For many years he concentrated on ethnic main course entrees from Italy, France, Mexico, China, etc. About fifteen years ago his wife gave him the challenge to bake baguettes like she had in Paris, France. That started his journey into baking. He continues to learn and experiment with breads, pastries, pizza and all things with flour as a base to this day and gets great joy out of sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
  • Keenan, Liz
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Elizabeth Keenan Educated at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, graduating, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Art Education earning certification in Maine and Massachusetts. I’ve been teaching Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Ceramics at Mount Desert Island High School since 1998. I continue to pursue my own artistic pursuits, regularly showing work every opportunity I’m offered. I’m honored to have work in private collections in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
  • King, Ron
    Festival Instructor
      WHO I AM From a very early age I was attracted to textiles. When I was five years old, my mother taught me how to knit and I have been knitting ever since. In college I discovered I could actually study textiles and, so, learned how to weave. For graduate school,  I had the good fortune to study textile design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and since then, I worked as a textile designer in NYC, taught design and textile design at a number of colleges, and have worked as a production weaver. My primary interest in textiles is in the design and production of functional fabrics; and my continuing fascination is rooted in the fundamental aspects of and the exploration of the structure of fabric, the interaction of fibers, and how colors, textures and patterns are created. I believe that one of the reasons I was put on this planet was to become a weaver. Another reason was to become an advocate, caregiver and supporter in my community.  When, in the 1980s, HIV emerged as a critical health challenge, I started volunteering, and, in time, I began to work professionally in the field of HIV as an educator, case manger, and community organizer. For the past 20 years I worked within the HIV and gay communities, my experiences were great blessings, teaching me many things about myself and the folks on this planet. For most of my life, except the ten years I was in college or living in NYC, I have lived and worked as a farmer. Having been raised a pacifist, it seems natural to be a farmer and to be close to the growing processes on this planet has always been important to my spirit.  Along the way over the last 25 years, merging farming with art/craft, I started growing gourds—magical vegetables. The plants themselves are amazing to behold, some of which grow to 25 feet long. A gourd starts out as a heavy water-filled vegetable; but when dried, it becomes a container that human beings—long before the development of baskets or pots—learned to use as containers.  In addition, it is believed that gourd seeds were probably the first seeds collected by humans to plant. For me, the way I decorate gourds is very different from my approach to weaving. It is more intuitive and involves much less planning. peace, Ron King
  • La Casse, Gus
    Described as a “passionate and masterful player who values tradition” Gus La Casse is exploring the future of fiddle music.   His repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and original material.
  • La Casse, Renee
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Lamon, David
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Lamont, Kyle
    Kyle Lamont is an award-winning producer and the founder of Good To Go Studios, a multi-media company based in Ellsworth where they specialize in commercials, marketing campaigns, short films, podcasts and photography. Her short film The Mushroom Huntress took home the New England Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Otherworldly Drama in 2020 and her short film “Passive Aggressive Dads” won best comedy at the Beaufort Film Festival in 2019.
  • LaSalle, Neale
        Neale's Pottery
  • Laury, Mary
    Teaching Artist
    Mary Laury is a watercolorist from Maine. The dynamic nature and botanical subjects of Maine are Mary’s passions. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting, drawing both in the classroom and in the field, for many educational programs. Mary also serves on the board of directors of various arts organizations.  Mary is the former Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All.  After retiring in August of 2021, she looks forward to teaching and painting more. See more of Mary's work at
  • Leger, MaryPat
    Festival Instructor 2020
      I am a fabric artist. Some of my pieces are plein air landscape quilts; these pieces are composed while sitting on location. I was the Artist in Residence in Acadia National Park in July 2015. One of my plein air landscapes is in the Acadia National Park collection. I also displayed 2 of my plein air pieces at the National Botanic Garden in Washington DC, Jan-Dec 2016 as part of their Flora and Fauna of the National Parks Exhibit. I am a teacher, mother of 3, and grandmother of 6. I began my first quilt in 1976, a patriotic pattern. I picked it back up and finished that quilt in 2004 to give to my son returning from the Iraq war. I have been quilting ever since, creating traditional quilts, Quilts of Valor, landscape quilts, and portrait quilts, and custom designed clothing. My quilts can be seen on my website, I have been sewing since I was a young teenager, but was always breaking the rules and morphing patterns into my own vision. When I began quilting this allowed me to play with fabric in combinations of my own creation. Watching my husband create beautiful plein air oil paintings made me want to also capture the landscape in my own way so I brought my fabric outside and began cutting shapes and pinning them together to capture what I saw. I have also made portrait quilts of my grandchildren. I look forward to where my fabric and creative journey will lead me next.
  • Leger, Victor
    Festival Instructor 2020
    During his high school years in Hartford Victor was fortunate to attend art classes every day at the Wadsworth Atheneum, under the tutelage of artist Peter Waite. Following this experience, he entered his first year at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a full scholarship as a painting major. After five semesters he decided to try a different art school, and finished his Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984. Currently Victor is a member of the International Guild of Realism. He has won various national and international awards and his works are in private and public collections across the US and Canada. He has displayed in ten American museums in a show titled, “The New Reality, Realism in the 21st Century”. He lives in the house that his wife, MaryPat and he designed and built in 1988. Together they have raised three wonderful children. He currently teaches art at the secondary level in the Torrington School District where he has been honored as Teacher of the Year in 2010 and in 2015 was selected as the Secondary Art Educator by the Connecticut Art Education Association.    
  • Legere, Phoebe "Songbundle"
    Phoebe Legere is a multi-disciplinary artist. She is an Abenaki, an Acadian and Mayflower descendant: a proud racial hybrid! In the summer Legere lives in mountainous mid-Maine under a waterfall. In the winter she runs free afterschool and Saturday art and music programs for children from New York's low-income communities. At night she paints and plays music in her studio located in the Empire State Building. Her NFT's, paintings and music are heavily influenced and inspired by her Native American heritage. She is deeply rooted in tradition but at the same time, Legere addresses contemporary social justice issues in her performances, visual art and music. She is an Arts Activist who believes in the transcendent power of Art.
  • Lerman, Jackie
      Jackie recently spent a year abroad in southern France where she learned exciting new recipes. She has spent several years as an assistant to Dan Keegan who teaches cooking class with the Schoodic Arts For All festival. Jackie has taken classes with the festival for over 10 years now and is eager to share her tart recipes with the students at Schoodic Arts For All.
  • Lewis-Kane, Melody
    Festival Instructor 2021
      I fell in love with clay in 1973 and my passion for it has only grown. In today’s fast- paced world, I find pottery and all handmade objects even more central to our wholeness of being. The use of handmade pottery on a daily basis, brings ritual into our lives which has been lost in the rush of contemporary times.  When the pottery I make becomes a part of someone’s everyday life, there is a sense of connection between us and it give us a moment to reflect on the richness of handmade things and the people who make them.
  • Logan, Kat
    Festival Instructor 2020    
  • Lothrop, Deborah
        Deborah Lothrop has pursued the arts throughout her lifetime. No matter what other interest she might follow, she invariably finds herself drawing and painting. From 1969 – 1972, she attended RISD, going on to spend a year in Boston designing department store window display, submitting her portfolio in hopes of illustration work. She left to travel through Mexico and the Caribbean, painting and drawing and selling her work. By 1982, she had moved to New York where she studied botanical illustration. She became interested in alternative education approaches and finished undergraduate studies, earning a BS Ed. In 1999, she was able to move to Maine and found work in local public and private schools, teaching children from K – 12 grade. She also began training as a painting therapist, studying in the US, Netherlands, and Switzerland. For five years, she worked with children and the elderly, again in New York, as an artist-in-residence in a therapeutic setting while also offering painting classes to adults. Now, Ms Lothrop concentrates on her own work which she sells in a number of local galleries as well as from her studio in Brooklin. She has painted murals in Boston, Palm Beach Fla, and Newport RI, as well as with several classrooms-full of children.
  • Macdonald, James
    James Macdonald is spending his life in play clothes, happily creating in wood. He began woodworking professionally in 1981 and before starting his own business in 1988, spent time working in various shops as a moldmaker, guitarmaker, cabinetmaker, ship's carpenter, and boatbuilder. Upon opening his own shop, James began building custom furniture which featured inlay work. In the early 1990's he was taught the double bevel cutting style of marquetry by Silas Kopf, and has gone on to teach this technique, also using it to embellish electric guitar designs. In 2013, Macdonald returned to his love of guitars and started crafting his own instruments. His guitars are finely crafted with traditional instrument woods using the set neck style of construction. He considers his guitar's marquetry designs to be a form of storytelling about growing up in the '60's and '70's. Wood veneers from around the world are hand cut then detailed with a woodburning pen. Clients have included the Gibson Custom Shop, Petros Guitars, Circa Guitars, and Hinckley Yachts. His Allman Brothers Tribute Guitar is in the collection of their Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia. His goal is to make guitars that look, sound, and play great. Macdonald also, on a day to day basis, likes to explore all surroundings for their imagined possibilities and can't help but get his hands working with tools and materials to create just for the joy of it.  
  • Manning, Deiran
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Deiran Manning has given performances across the United States, Ireland, England, France and Italy at notable venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the New York City Mayor’s residence, Gracie Mansion. Originally a Maine native, Mr. Manning spent his formative years in New York City at LaGuardia High School, eventually earning his undergraduate and masters degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. His notable teachers include pianists Edmund Battersby, Edward Auer, Karen Shaw, Jeffrey Swann and baritone Wolfgang Brendel. As a singer, Mr. Manning has performed with various companies including IU Opera Theater and WHMF Opera. He regularly works as a vocal coach in the New York area due to his experience as both a pianist and singer. Mr. Manning has also worked at New York University as an Adjunct Professor of Piano. Notable awards include; Stanza Governor’s Prize in Composition, LISSMA International Piano Competition, Children’s Foundation for the Arts, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and the Ira Gershwin award.  
  • Mayers, Natasha
      Natasha Mayers has been called “the most committed activist artist in Maine”. She is widely known for the 600 murals she has supervised. Natasha encourages creative approaches to community concerns, to demonstrate how people’s involvement in the arts can improve the quality of community life. The painted utility poles in her town which depict local history were featured in Lucy Lippard’s book, The Lure of the Local. For Natasha, the painted poles represented art by the community, about the community, and for the community, empowering a community to portray and know itself. For the past 30 years she has been creating parade “floats” for the local Whitefield 4th of July parade.   She has been a Touring Artist with the Maine Arts Commission Artist-in-Residency Program since 1975. She has taught students from nursery school to college and in diverse populations: immigrants, refugees, prisoners, the homeless, and the “psychiatrically labeled”, with whom she has worked since 1981.   A long-time member of Union of Maine Visual Artists, Natasha founded ARRT!, (the Artists' Rapid Response Team) in 2012, and co-founded and edits the Maine Arts Journal: Union of Maine Visual Artists Quarterly.   Natasha has been exhibiting work since 1976, often exploring themes of peace and social justice. Her work was shown in 2003, at the Portland Museum of Art, Mapping Maine: Four Contemporary Views (Jacquette, Cady, Hopkins, Mayers), and at Aucocisco Gallery in Portland (her Endless War maps). More recently she showed her Bankster series at SPACE Gallery in Portland, and in 2015 had a show at the Maine Jewish Museum of her Men in Suits paintings, reviewed in Hyperallergic..   Her portrait was painted by Robert Shetterly as part of his Americans Who Tell the Truth series (, with these words of hers: “We need artists to help explain what is happening in this country, to tell the truth and reveal the lies, to be willing to say the emperor has no clothes, to create moral indignation, to envision alternatives, to reinvent language. We need artists to help us come together and share our voices and build community around powerful issues concerning our roles in the world and our planet’s survival. Compassion must be translated into action.”  
  • Mayewski, Lyn
        Lyn's Work Lyn Mayewski is a jewelry artist, painter, and felter who loves to explore all aspects of art and craft. Her silverwork incorporates a number of techniques, including fabrication, reticulation, fusing, keumboo (fusing silver and gold), forging, casting, enameling, and precious metal clay. She enjoys creating both jewelry and utilitarian items such as spoons and napkin rings. Pieces often incorporate semi-precious stones as well as common beach pebbles, sea glass, and china shards which she finds on shore walks with her Golden Retriever, McKenzie. When Lyn is not working on jewelry, she is painting or felting. She has won awards in all of these areas and sells through a number of galleries and shows. Her biggest problem is that there simply are not enough hours in the day to do everything she would like to do. Lyn lives in Brooklin, Maine with her husband, Paul, and their dog and cat.    
  • McLean, Rebecca
    Festival Instructor 2020
      My name is Becca McLean and I grew up right in town attending as many Schoodic Arts for All classes as I could. I loved learning new mediums and exploring different forms of art even at a young age. I like to think that those early classes helped influence me to pursue art as my career. I am currently a middle school art teacher at South Meadow Middle School in Peterborough New Hampshire. I love that I can continue to pursue new forms of art and bring what I learn to my students. Throughout my life many people have asked me what is my “thing” what “type” of art do I create. That’s a hard question for me to answer, I find that I am constantly drawn to learning new ways of creating. Recently I have been doing a lot of cut paper work and linocut printmaking. I love the process of both and enjoy the very stylized and unique look of the results.
  • Meetinghouse Theatre Lab
    The Meetinghouse Theatre Lab is dedicated to creating an ensemble of performance artists who come together to excite the senses, push the limits, and transform the definition of create with the aim of growing as performers and enriching the humanity of all involved. History Since 2003 the Theatre Lab has presented readings, staged readings, and full productions, both classic and contemporary, that challenge accepted social norms and values, question reality, break down the “fourth wall”, explore the notion of “truth”. Out of the Hat!  What’s “Out of the Hat!”? It’s a fresh, compact production with a rehearsal time of one day, 7 hours, performed that same night. The play, the director, the cast are all picked “out of the hat” so to speak — this makes it fresh and exciting for all! It goes like so … we gather at noon to read the chosen play — many of us for the first time. After a first read, the director for the play retires to cast the show. Once done, the group works to put the play on its feet with the result being an outstanding and very fresh performance at 7pm. Come to read and play at 12pm or come to watch at 7pm. Interested in reading? We would love to have you! To read, you will need yourself, writing utensils, blacks, a potluck, energy and a penchant for fun. Please email if you would like to be a part of the day’s production to make sure there is room. Join us in the audience and spread the word to your friends, too! Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted  Our “Out of the Hat!” readings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month from October through June, so be sure to save the dates on your calendar. Visit our Facebook page.  
  • Merrill, Richard
    Festival Instructor
    Richard Merrill Making Shadow Puppets from Metal   “I am a designer, puppeteer, artist, songwriter, inventor, and mechanical designer. My great grandmother heard Iroquois stories around the home hearth, and I have a deep respect and love for my Native heritage.” Richard Merrill discovered puppetry at age 8 in a summer arts program. Since then, he has founded two puppet theaters, making the stages, puppets and scenery and writing the plays. Merrill’s background in mechanical engineering, music and art find their perfect expression in puppetry. His shadow puppets have been enjoyed throughout Maine and were on exhibit for four months at the Farnsworth Art Museum in the Characters in Hand exhibition in 2001-2002. Merrill was a workshop presenter at Sharing the Fire, the nation’s oldest and largest storyteller’s conference in March 2002. His current project is “The Outrageous Wisdom of Nasruddin,” sometimes-hilarious stories from many spiritual traditions. Merrill will bring examples of metal shadow puppets to the class from his display in the group puppetry exhibit at the Farnsworth Museum in the early 2000s.
  • Metcalf, Kaitlyn
    Festival Instructor
      Kaitlyn's Website
  • Michaud, Carol
    Festival Instructor
    Carol's Website
  • Michel, Caren-Marie
    Festival Instructor 2020
    CAREN-MARIE MICHEL Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Michel is Past President of the Pastel Painters of Maine, past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and past President and current Treasurer of Westbrook Arts and Culture. Michel earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art.) Michel’s work has been selected for juried shows throughout the US and Canada. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery at University of New England, Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery, North Light Gallery and Littlefield Gallery. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images. “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. In 2013, Michel’s first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. In 2015, Michel’s work was featured in a solo exhibit in Augusta, Maine through the Maine Arts Commission’s Art in the Capitol program. In 2016 Michel was awarded a residency at the Stephen Pace House in Stonington, Maine by Maine College of Art. Michel will be in residency at Baie Ste. Marie in New Edinburg, Nova Scotia in June of 2018, awarded by Maine College of Art. Michel’s work was selected for the 2018 release of Paintings of Portland (Down East Books) by David Little and Carl Little. Michel is on faculty at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, Maine, and is represented by Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine.
  • Miller, Elizabeth
    Owner/artisan at the fiber art studio Parris House Wool Works, specializing in contemporary expressions of traditional rug hooking. Teaching CV: Squam Art Workshops, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Fiber College (2022), Beekman 1802, & more. Featured on Maine Cabin Masters and in the pages of Rug Hooking Magazine & Making Magazine.
  • Montoya, Marco
  • Moran, Liz
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Morrow, Jennifer Lee
    Teaching Artist and SAFA Finance Manager
    Jennifer Lee Morrow is a mixed media artist emphasizing paper and textile techniques in her work. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from the University of Kansas at Lawrence. She has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts among other schools.
  • Mudge, Kristen
    I'm a past professional modern dancer, with over 40 years of dance teaching, performance and choreography experience. I have choreographed many dance pieces as well as many middle and high school musicals, year end concerts, flashmobs, local performance pieces, etc. I am also a fitness and yoga instructor and an organic tomato farmer!
  • Muhammed, Kafari and Hoffman, Jake
    Festival Instructors
    Kafari and Jake Hoffman, both living in Portland, Maine, use bones and banjo as tools to trace the histories of these instruments to illuminate traditional American……..   Kafari is a pianist, beatmaker, and bluegrass percussionist, specializing in the rhythm bones – an ancient instrument played by holding two in one hand, flicking the wrist forward and backward to create sound. He first became inspired to play the bones after seeing a concert that debunked his assumptions about bluegrass and exposed him to the African-American roots of traditional bluegrass and old-time music. A resident of Portland since 2011, Kafari enjoys teaching bones to passersby on the city streets and in classrooms across the state. Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jake Hoffman was raised on jazz and rock 'n' roll and spent his adulthood studying American folk musics. He has toured in 20 states and 11 countries — performing and teaching ballads, gospel and dance music from Appalachia and the American South. A community arts and cultural exchange advocate, Jake has lived in the Portland area since 2009 and is a teaching artist and program manager with 317 Main Community Music Center.
  • Nadel, Kim
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Najar, Pedro
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Nichols, Gene
      Link to an article about Gene in the Bangor Daily News
  • Norris, Vanessa
    Festival Instructor 2020
    ARTIST STATEMENT I’m interested in how we perceive the world through the lens of certain phrases. My current body of work refers specifically to cloud related idioms (every cloud has a silver lining, there’s a dark cloud on the horizon, on cloud nine, etc). I make whimsical, voluminous forms that reflect the playful nature of the idioms themselves. The recognizable iconography of the cloud--the caricature, if you will--provides an access point to enter the language of my work, allowing space for reflection on the role these simple phrases play in our lives. BIOGRAPHY Vanessa Norris grew up in Maine and spent much of her time drawing and experimenting with beaded jewelry as a young person. Craving to get out of her comfort zone and explore a city, she enrolled at Massachusetts College of Art and Design to pursue a life of working with her hands. It was there she discovered and cultivated her love for clay. Since then, she has moved across the country several times to work for different ceramic artists, including Bruce Larabee in Park City, UT and Deb Schwartzkopf in Seattle, WA. Vanessa currently resides in Massachusetts where she set up Dirty E Studios with her husband and fellow MassArt alum, Gustavo Barceloni. Right now she is focusing on building a work/art/life balance, dividing her time between making pottery, teaching, and honing her photography skills.
  • O'Keefe, Becky
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Onuf, Kris
    Festival Instructor
    Kris earned an MFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in painting & Printmaking in 1997. She taught drawing, painting and printmaking as an adjunct instructor at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has exhibited work there, in Winter Harbor and at the Schooner Gallery in Milbridge, Maine. Kris's Website       Kris has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1992. She was certified by Yoga Alliance as a registered Yoga Teacher after completing a 200 hour course of study. She taught workshops and classes at Allied Yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia before becoming a year-round resident of Maine. She has studied with many senior Iyengar teachers at conferences and workshops.
  • Orenstein, Zach
    Festival Instructor
    Zach Orenstein has a communications major with a focus in Graphic Design. Zach is a Graphic Designer full time and potter by hobby. Zach has taught marbling workshops, was a TA at Haystack Mt School, and a member of the MCA. Zach loves to cook and bake in during his free time and when time permits, to travel the world.
  • Painting Group
    Community Group
    Community members gather at the Schoodic Arts for All Schoolhouse and paint together. All skill levels and media welcome.  Meets 9:30-12. *Due to Covid, we are now meeting online for Connect & Create*
  • Pastore, Nick
    Local oyster farmer with over 15 yrs experience farming on land and water.
  • Peill-Meininghaus, Jessica
    Jessica was surrounded by art at a very early age. Every lamp had been found at a flea market, their shades recovered with fabric, every piece of oriental rug was put to use in some form or another and this constance of creativity was part of the very fabric of her childhood. When she wet-felted her first piece, a ball, at the age of sixteen, she was hooked. After spending time creating wet-felted gnomes and tapestries, Jessica came across needle felting and was suddenly able to lend more detail to her work than ever before. She is constantly looking for inspiration and seeks out challenges to expand her horizons. When she's not felting, she is usually homeschooling three of her four children, cuddling her menagerie of animals, working with children with disabilities, writing and tending to her homestead in Maine.   Jessica's Website
  • Peterson, Larry
    Teaching Artist
    Maine Landscape, Scenic & Coastal Maine Photographer Larry Peterson I was born and raised in the mid west and I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. I spent most of my life in two different 20-year careers; the U.S. Navy and corporate America. My passion for digital photography developed after I retired from business a few years ago and moved to Maine. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to have my images viewed, praised and purchased by photography lovers in this country and from abroad. My work is shown at several galleries in the Down East area. My work has been published in magazines, tourism publications and Maine vacation planning guides, the most recent of which is my photo on the cover of the 2012 edition of Maine Invites You, the primary publication of the Maine Tourism Association. I’ve also been published in Maine newspapers, most notably the award-winning Ellsworth American, in which my landscape and seascape images have prominently appeared in print and on the internet dozens of times. In 2010, I was pleased to receive an award from the Maine Press Association for my scenic photography. The natural beauty of the Maine coast is truly inspirational, and it provides endless opportunities for me to continue developing my art and skill as a photographer. I am available for commissions and freelance projects of almost any type or genre. Larry's Website
  • Petrie, Kate
    Acadia National Park Education Coordinator
    Acadia National Park Education Coordinator - Schoodic Region
  • Pezzano, Alexa
      Acadia Nature Hike
  • Portela, Robbi
      Robbi's Website
  • Prosser, Jana
    Festival Instructor
  • Quimby, Roxanne
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Quinn, Diana
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Regan, Sarah
    Festival Instructor
    Sarah Regan is an accomplished metalsmith with eclectic tastes who specializes in sterling silver, copper and brass. She is one of four owners of Maine Jewelry & Art, an art gallery located at 100 Harlow Street in Bangor Maine.Sarah has spent her life exploring jewelry making in different ways. What started as simple chain work and beading, scavenged designs and self-taught repairs has catapulted into a career. She has spent the last two years perfecting her knowledge of silversmithing and has begun to explore different metals.Sarah is also a visual artist that likes to experiment with different mediums. From acrylic to oil paint to simple pen and ink illustrations, you can often find her with her head stuck in a sketchbook or painting at home with her family.
  • Reid, Kris
        Kris Reid is a retired teacher who enjoyed 37 years as a middle school educator. Striving to integrate reading, English, the sciences, and social sciences with art, music and physical activity has been the fuel for her active life. She is an amateur photographer who has an eye on opportunities to connect to the world in various ways. Recent travels include trekking to Everest Base Camp, hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu in the Andes, paddling the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and wandering the Maine woods to maintain part of the AT boundary. A strong interest in people of all cultures, geography, and seeing our planet has inspired travels to Russia, following the Silk Road in China, and repeated trips to West Africa, with a focus on sharing with kids and adults. Currently, Kris enjoys pottery, mentors a school photography group, instructs a pinhole camera course in the Schoodic area, enjoys hiking, and being outside. (Anna, correct what this is, please). She is married and lives in Holden, Maine where she and her husband operate an organic orchard with vintage apple varieties, care for honeybees, and attempt to perfect the art of cider making. She has two sons and three grandchildren and a special black lab, Princess Leia.
  • Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
    After forming in 2013 to fulfill their shared dream of recording an entire album on wax cylinder, Roochie Toochie transformed their recorded repertoire of antique novelty tunes into a fantastic stage show that puts a capital "S" in showmanship.  When you see the Ragtime Shepherd Kings you'll witness: fancy fiddling, dueling hawaiian guitars, ukelele wizardry, flashy lap-steel guitar, a menagerie of toy instruments, vocal harmonies that sound as if they were polished by hand, a musical pig "porkestra," scandalous dancing--and that's just the intermission!
  • Ross, Chris
    Chris Ross has spent a decade tucked away on the coast of Maine developing his voice as a writer. Inside the arsenal of tracks he’s penned, one finds dangerous, hard-hitting reflections; stories of love, life and longing. Tinted with an appetite for self-destruction, his writing style is smooth and eloquent while remaining sincere to genuine grit of experience. When his sonorous vocals found affinity with a band, the evolution cultivated a multifaceted, visceral experience for listeners, an auditory landscape much like that of Maine itself: Humble yet dramatic, severe yet sweet, cold and resonant with a nearby fire throwing heat. He was named the 2014 Songwriter of the Year - The New England Music Awards. "The world Ross describes in his songs is one that’s probably very familiar to the devoted fan base he’s developed over the years; hard-drinking, hard-working, honest, wry, and, hidden behind a tough exterior, a well of intelligence and emotional depth." - Bangor Daily News  "A voice made for acoustic guitar, more dirt road than gravel, never sliding off to twang, and sharply honest" -Bluebird Reviews "Young Once is pure Americana. Fans of Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell, John Hiatt, and storytellers of similar ilk, will find this album and act most appealing." -Bluebird Reviews  
  • Roy, Cindy and Don
    Festival Instructor
  • Royle, Dorothy
    Festival Instructor
    Dorothy Royle is an artist and arts administrator with a studio in Burnham, ME. She is currently working on a picture book about a wolf. (photo credit Michael Wilson)
  • Runyan, Joyce Ann
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Personal Biography Joyce Ann Runyan   Born into a loving, musical family in rural Indiana afforded me the privilege of becoming part of a community which valued education, strong families, and music—the latter due largely to the influence of a well-trained music teacher who taught with tireless energy.  Twelve years under her instruction was a degree in itself. Her influence led me to pursue a degree in education and enjoy forty-one years of teaching general music and chorus. Early in my career, I developed a curriculum covering individual decades of American Pop Music.  The units focused on prominent composers from each decade and helped students discover how lyrics could increase their understanding of a time period.  My study of various composers led me to write and direct a two-hour choral production to honor the captivating life of Irving Berlin on the occasion of his 100th birthday.  For over thirty years, I’ve enjoyed highlighting his musical genius. Sharing a wide variety of musical genres with others has been a defining feature of my life.  For example, as a teen, our school bus had no radio; so, my peers asked me to sing their requests on the way to school. No matter the setting—school bus, classroom, church service, philanthropic clubs, or retirement homes—and no matter the location—Indiana or Maine, I’m most fulfilled when serving my community. Inspiring others with the joy of music makes my heart sing!  
  • Salsbury, Lisa
    Lisa Salsbury has always had a love for arts and crafts.  She began making beaded jewelry, then wire and metal work and then metal clay, to which she became addicted.  She now works primarily in metal clay (silver, copper and bronze). Lisa is a largely self-taught artist, but has been fortunate enough to study under some very talented and wonderful metal clay artists, including Donna Penoyer, Patrik Kusek, Chris Darway, and Tim McCreight.   Lisa received PMC Certification through RioGrande in March of 2009. Lisa also works as Database Manager/Graphic Designer at Schoodic Arts for All.  Prior to working for Schoodic Arts for All, Lisa sold her jewelry under the name Willow and Me Jewelry.  Lisa continues to teach classes in beginner and intermediate metal clay through Schoodic Arts for All. While metal clay and enameling will always be her first love, Lisa also dabbles in many other areas, and loves to learn new techniques and media.  Other than metal clay, her favorite art forms are watercolor painting and hand-lettering.  She often uses both techniques to make greeting cards.
  • Sanchez, Lennen
    I am a cathartic artist, I create what I want as it pulls itself through me. My mediums are diverse and I mix them in unconventional ways. I like to play with glass, metal, stone, wood, paint, fire, and leather. I like light, buoyancy, darkness, heart, intention, and wind. I wave my hands or my brush and dabble in a dribble of water and earth. Passion takes me when I can just create. My inspiration made manifest for you... Just for you, whatever it may be. A kiss of creativity... Website:
  • Sanfilippo, Stephen
    Festival Instructor
    Stephen N. Sanfilippo, Ph.D. in History   Assistant Professor for Maritime History & Culture, University of Maine at Machias   Instructor in Maritime Music History Maine Maritime Academy   Since retiring from full-time teaching in June, 2003, Stephen Sanfilippo and his wife Susan have divided time between the East End of their native Long Island, New York, and the town of Pembroke, on Maine’s Downeast coast. [Reverse “snowbirds,” they spend winters in Maine.] Stephen has been performing since 1973, concentrating on researching and singing maritime songs of the Northeastern United States. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stony Brook University, writing a dissertation titled: “Whalemen’s Song: Lyrics and Masculinity in the Sag Harbor Whalefishery, 1840-1850.” Stephen performs vocally, and on 5-string banjo, Anglo-concertina, guitar and harmonica. He has performed at several Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festivals since the early 1980s, and his been a presenter at eight of Mystic’s Music of the Sea History Symposiums. His credits include presentation at major academic historians’ conferences, and performances at cultural venues and festivals from Norfolk, Virginia to Prince Edward Island, and as far away as Missouri and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. His current activities include teaching “Mariners’ Songs & the Maritime Experience” at Maine Maritime Academy, “Nature + Human Labor = Music” at the University of Maine at Machias, and organizing the monthly Chantey Sing at the Pembroke Library. His article, “‘I Have Seen the Storm Arise’: Long Island Whalemen’s Lyrical Navigation of Tempests Without & Within,” will appear on-line in the Spring edition of the Long Island History Journal, published by Stony Brook University. Stephen has also been active with community and high school traditional music performance organizations. Participants in Schoodic Arts for All are encouraged to contact Stephen at or by phone at 207-726-4747.
  • Schoodic Summer Chorus
    The Schoodic Summer Chorus is a multi-generational a cappella community chorus devoted to nurturing musicianship and community, in residence at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, Maine and sponsored by Schoodic Arts for All. Its members share a passion for singing beautiful, unusual, and challenging music. Directed by singer and composer Anna Dembska, the chorus welcomes anyone who loves to sing. Click here for more information on the 2022 Season and to join.
  • Scott, Roberta
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Roberta will teach Bread Making at Home at her home in Sullivan.
  • Selby, Monte
    Festival Instructor
    Monte Selby is a nationally recognized songwriter and acclaimed performing artist with over 100 published songs. His songs are heard on network television, radio, stage productions, commercials and included on a 2012 Grammy Award winning album. Music Row magazine describes his songs as “a delightful variety” - "funky" - “astonishing” - “Wow”! He has written music with numerous #1 hit songwriters, plus 36,000 k-12 grade students. Selby's performances include over one thousand venues across North America, Europe and Asia - from small private concerts to festival audiences of over 10,000. When he's not performing, he speaks internationally as a motivational speaker, and uses his background in education to write music and books for parents, kids, and teachers. Monty's Website
  • Senechal, Marianne
    Festival Instructor
    While Marianne’s formal training is in geology, as a daughter of a high school art teacher, she has explored many aspects of art and design since childhood.  She has sewn since Jr. High school.  She began to explore the fiber arts in earnest in 1985 when she began handweaving. Marianne has been creating nuno felt since being introduced to the technique in 1996.  She makes and sells nuno scarves, wraps, vests, and other women’s clothing and accessories. She has taken numerous classes with felting instructors visiting from Germany to Japan. She been teaching these felting techniques since 2000 in Maine, New England, and internationally. She sells her felt clothing and sculpture under the Arcady Designs and duBois deRoche labels. She lives in Midcoast Maine with her Chinook sled dogs and her cat “Mr. Chill”.   Marianne's Website
  • Shalan, Paula
    Festival Instructor
    Paula Shalan, a Stockbridge based ceramic artist, is the second in three generations of potters. Educated at Sarah Lawrence College and The Art Institute of Chicago, Paula exhibits nationally at galleries and retail shows including Craft Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and The Smithsonian Craft Show. She has been awarded an artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park and at the historic Dune Shacks on the Outer Cape. Paula is one of the founding members of the Annual Berkshire Pottery Tour. She has taught in art and ceramic centers, private and public schools, and museums for over 25 years. My work is a tribute to the quiet details found in nature. Acute observation of form, line, and texture is part of my everyday practice. The tactile process of building with malleable clay, that records the minutest impressions, involves a constant dialog with the material. Each piece is hand built from white earthenware using pinch, coil, and slab techniques. The pots are hand polished after applying a fine clay slip and fired in wood shavings for 24 hours. The carbon from the “smoke firing” transforms the clay from white to black. My current work reflects my interest in the relationship of interiors and exteriors as well as the absorption and reflection of light. Paula Shalan's Website Paula's Smithsonian Craft Show Information
  • Sherwood, Ellen
    Festival Instructor 2020
      Ellen Sherwood began folk dancing in Chicago in 1982 on the invitation of a friend. She very quickly developed a passion for Bulgarian dances. That same summer she attended workshops in Sofia, Bulgaria, and in Szombathely, Hungary with dancers from other countries. Discovering that the evening parties included many of the same dances that are done in the US created a powerful sense of community. She was hooked. She danced regularly in Chicago recreational groups and was a member of a Balkan performance group, Balkanske Igre. She moved to Maine in 1998, and was encouraged to teach when a longtime group was discontinued. She has been teaching since 2003 and currently leads international folk dancing in Ellsworth at the Moore Community Center. Outside the folkdance world, Ellen is also an artist and psychotherapist.
  • Shoemaker, Katie
    Katie has been fermenting for over 10 years and enjoys making sauerkraut, kimchi, hot sauces, and other ferments. She also enjoys cooking from scratch, baking bread, including sourdough, and making cheese. She lives on the Schoodic Peninsula with her husband and 3 children on a small farm.
  • Shutt, Carol
    Festival Instructor 2020
      I had the privilege to be the art teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine for 27 years. My job as an art teacher was full of revelation and surprise and the young children I taught inspired me daily. From them, I learned that the best part of being an artist is the process itself and each unexpected discovery along the way. Now retired, I am a mixed media artist and poetry writer. In my own studio, and on trips I take as art-making retreats, I focus on drawing and painting, mixed-media collage, creative writing and altered books. Much of my art and writing process has its roots in the game Exquisite Corpse, played by the early Surrealist artists and writers in Paris. I start with a handful of words cut from old books and magazines and arrange them into phrases that intrigue me. I then use these as triggers in my writing and art. This process allows me to tap into my subconscious and create personal meaning and expression in my poetry and art. I have had numerous one-person and group shows throughout the years, and presently show my work at Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor, as well as in the gallery I share in Hulls Cove with my husband, Rocky Mann.  
  • Singing Circle
    Community Group
    Every other Monday, the Singing Circle gets together at the Schoodic Arts for All Schoolhouse to sing songs from various genres. All voices welcome. Begins in June and is held at 11:00 am. Singing Circle and Variable Winds held at the Schoodic Arts for All Schoolhouse, 23 Harbor Road, Winter Harbor.
  • Smiley, Nisa
    Festival Instructor
    Designing and crafting jewelry is one of my greatest passions, one that exhilarates and excites me with each piece. Often I am moved to create jewelry that "tastes" of my experiences in Nature, be it the discovery of a blush-pink snail shell on the gray beach, the nubby green texture of a sun-bleached urchin shell, or the intricate pattern of feathers adorning a heron's wing. My work is equally influenced by the nature-inspired styles of the Japanese culture and the Art Nouveau era. Initially, I create each piece of jewelry for myself, to express a specific design or experience of mine, and when I am finished my creative drive has been fulfilled. Visit my website:
  • Smith, Allison
    Allison has been a singer and musician all her life. She studied music at Boston University College of Fine Arts, performed with the Christmas Revels in Hanover and Cambridge, taught elementary music in public schools, has been a choir director and song leader. She directed the Winter Harbor Winter Solstice in December, 2017, calls and plays for contra, family, and English Country dances, and performs in a duo with her husband, T. H. (Hunt) Smith.
  • Smith, Hunt
    Thurston Huntting Smith, or “Hunt” as he is known, was born and grew up on a small island near Oyster Bay, NY. Thus, he was exposed to boats and the salt water from his earliest years. He says he knew how to sail before he knew how to ride a bicycle. Hunt’s paintings cover the glory days of American yachting and various other maritime activities from Downeast Maine to the Bahamas. His work has been shown at the Mystic Seaport, the Herreshoff Marine Museum, the New York Yacht Club, Florida’s Society of the Four Arts, and numerous private galleries. He lives with his wife Allison in far Downeast Maine.
  • Snarky Sisterz
    Veteran DC-based award-winning songwriters and performers Diana Quinn (Tru Fax & the Insaniacs, Honky Tonk Confidential, The Fabulettes) and Lisa Ann Wright (The Fabulettes) are the Snarky Sisterz! The duo offers an eclectic mix of clever originals and curated covers, with great harmonies and droll banter, and with a minimum of angst and ennui. Visit their website.
  • Sovet, Beverly
  • Summerer, Mike
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Mike Summerer is an accomplished woodturner, having “made things round” on the wood lathe for over 25 years. Retired and living in Prospect Harbor, Maine, he produces small quantities of utility and art pieces, each of which begin on the lathe but may be modified in the finishing process. He teaches both introductory and more advanced woodturning in his studio for Schoodic Arts for All, throughout the year.
  • Szucs, Angela
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Tatgenhorst, Anne
      The Maine Balkan Choir is an enthusiastic and diverse group of women and men who specialize in the powerful and beautiful traditional songs of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia and many other countries of Eastern Europe.
  • Thayer, Cynthia
    SAFA Founder
    Cynthia Thayer was born in New York City in 1944, raised in Nova Scotia and migrated to Maine via Massachusetts twenty-seven years ago to farm organically. For many years she was a weaver, showing her work throughout Maine and the east coast. Ten years ago she wrote her first short story, which was published in the Antigonish Review, and was hooked on writing.   She earned her BA in British Literature from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and went on to do her graduate work in nineteenth century British literature. While in Massachusetts, she taught high school English and theater at Bridgewater-Raynham Region High School and since living in Maine, she has taught adult education classes at Sumner High School, workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Schoodic Arts for All, fiction writing with Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, and fiction writing at University of Maine at Machias.   Her first novel, Strong for Potatoes, published in 1998 by St. Martin's Press, won the Rep's Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble "Discover" book. It was released 1999 in paper back and is available in Audio.   Her second novel, A Certain Slant of Light, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2000. The condensed version was published by Reader's Digest in English, Portuguese, Danish, and Swedish. Algonquin Books published her third novel, A Brief Lunacy She presents Indigo Dyeing workshops around New England. She raises sheep, spins, and dyes wool at Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro.
  • The Barn Arts Collective
    Click Here to link to the Barn Arts Collective's Website THE BARN ARTS COLLECTIVE creates and encourages community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. The organization has hosted over four hundred artists in Bass Harbor, Maine since 2008. Each artist has come for a residency to work in the Barn on a new performance piece in mediums including theater, dance, music, opera, clown, lecture, puppetry, film, comedy, durational art and many interdisciplinary combinations. The projects that the collective takes on are determined by the people working on them – a number of artists from a variety of mediums that remains in flux each year as individuals consider the feasibility of working for a period of time on an island in Maine.
  • The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers Erik and Brian Torbeck are 2/3 of the puppet troupe Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers.   Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a puppetry troupe based in Bar Harbor, Maine, and comprised of three siblings - brothers Erik and Brian Torbeck and sister Robin (Torbeck) Erlandsen.  Founded in 2000, Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers has performed at festivals, schools, libraries and theatres in the United States and Canada.   They write and create all the shows they perform and have received three Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award in puppetry.
  • Tobey White, Susan
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Townsend, William
    Festival Instructor
    William Townsend   Biology Instructor at Sumner High School (retired) Seasonal Park Ranger at Acadia National Park for 21 years Biological technician U.S. Antarctic Program 1975 NASA Teacher-in-Space finalist 1985 Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Chief Naturalist Acadian Boat Tours
  • Toy, Chris
    Festival Instructor 2020
      Chris's Website Chris's YouTube Cooking Videos  
  • Trautman, Michael
    Festival Instructor 2020 BIOGRAPHY International variety artist Michael Trautman has been performing his one-man shows around the world since 1977. He has appeared in such prestigious venues as the New York International Festival of Clown Theater, Festival D’Ete in Quebec, the General Jackson Showboat at Opryland USA, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was featured in 2018 on The Gong Show with Mike Myers, and appeared previously on WOW! The Most Awesome Acts On Earth, an ABC Television Special, The Statler Brothers Show on TNN, CCTV in Beijing, China, and Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde on France 2 TV. Michael was the star clown in the national tour of OOPS! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show. From 2016 until 2018, Michael was the Artistic Director of Circus Maine’s Youth Performance Troupe.
  • Trunzo, Sara
    ​SARA TRUNZO is a singer-songwriter and food system organizer. Her debut EP, Thanks Birdie, came out in 2017, followed by the LP, Dirigo Attitude, which reached #22 on the Folk Alliance International chart in 2019 and featured Darrell Scott and Mary Gauthier. The lead single “Food and Medicine” reached #3 on the FAI chart and won 1st prize at 2018 Maine Songwriters Association contest. Her third record, Cabin Fever Dream is out now. She is a co-founder of Veggies For All and Waldo County Bounty. Visit her website.​​ [embed][/embed]
  • Ukulele Club
    Community Group
    Ukulele Club is on hiatus.  Email us to be notified when it returns. If you play the ukulele (or secretly wish you did), our community group is for you! We welcome all levels, from wannabe to Don Ho. Ukulele Club meets weekly at the Schoolhouse and is free to the public. For more information call 963-2569 or email Ukin’ Do It! .
  • Urquhart, Chris
    Festival Demonstrator 2020
    Schoodic Peninsula native. Fisherman lobster basically. Famous for making this dish for the Winter Harbor Masonic Lodge. Chris will Demonstrate "Fish and Potatoes - traditional downeast family winter staple".
  • Valleau, Steven
    Festival Instructor 2020  
  • Van Emmerik, Kara
    A graduate of Eastern Maine Community College’s Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management programs, Kara van Emmerik has poured passion and dedication into her 14 years in the food service industry. She has worked as the Sous Chef at El El Frijoles where she learned the appeal of small business management and local, from-scratch cookery. In 2015, she joined in opening Dudley’s Refresher as the Chef de Cuisine. Following her first season, Eater Maine named Kara “Maine Chef of the Year.” Following a handful of Head Chef positions, Kara expanded her skill set as the Pastry Chef of Aragosta at Goose Cove. Most recently, Kara spent the last seven years working in culinary arts education at Eastern Maine Community College. With recognition from Food and Wine magazine, Downeast magazine and Cooking Light magazine, as well as many local media fronts, Kara continues to share her passion for food and education with her home baking business, Honey & Lace Baking Co.  
  • Variable Winds
    Community Group
    Every other Monday, alternating with Singing Circle, Variable Winds members bring their whistles and play lively traditional music together. All whistles welcome, from flutes to recorders. Begins in June and is held at 11:00 am. Singing Circle and Variable Winds held at the Schoodic Arts for All Schoolhouse, 23 Harbor Road, Winter Harbor.    
  • Ward, Gordon Thomas
    Gordon Thomas Ward is a GRAMMY-balloted, award-winning, singer-songwriter with three #1 charted songs and other compositions that have charted in the U.S. and abroad. He's worked with notable musicians such as Eric Troyer and Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra, ELO II, and The Orchestra), Abbie Gardner, and Jud Caswell, and he's shared the stage and billing with Natalie Merchant, Christine Lavin, and Bill Staines. Gordon is a storyteller whose songs occupy a space filled with honesty, imagery, and emotion. He will soon be releasing Whispers from the Woods, his fourth album. Matheson's Entertainment Blog says his music "Will grab you by the heart and never let go," and Vents Magazine calls his work, "In a word: liberating." Visit his website.
  • Weeks, Kenneth
    Festival Demonstrator 2020
      I have lived in Europe and Central America as well as the United States. I have been an actor/comedian/designer/artist and most recently a builder of birch bark canoes. Working in the opera/film and theatre has allowed me the flexiblity to pursue my lifelong fascination with primative technology. In the summer of 2000 I participated in a one week birch bark canoe building class at the Woodenboat School. Steve Cayard and his assistant David Moses Bridges (Passamaquaddy) were the craftsmen. I have done museum restoration with Aaron York (Abanaki). While researching his biography of Edwin Tappan Adney, Ted Behne secured clearance for me to paint and draw the models of this world famous collection of birch bark canoe models. Setting aside the modern way of life, I have pursued all aspects of this technology with anthropological reverance. Trekking the Northern woods I hand harvest and prepare materials to build these magnificent craft. It is educational,humbling and inspiring. I have been encouraged to use power tools to facilitate a business of canoe sales but have rejected this modern life of monetary recognition. Instead, I build historically accurate (in detail as well as process) and museum quality crafts in all sizes and scales. The models mimic the same dynamics as a full size canoe demands. These commissioned pieces reflect the specifics of each preceding indeginous tribe and geography unique to every area a patron lives or wants. A sincere intimacy of research and handcrafted individuality promotes this unique process to insure a truly 'one of a kind' work.  
  • Weinberg, Carly
    Festival Instructor 2020
    Dulse & Rugosa is the mother and daughter team of Claire and Carly Weinberg. Our company started in 2012 as a way to spread the wonder of Maine's oceans and especially SEAWEED, with everyone.  We wild harvest or grow our botanicals and seaweeds on Gotts Island, a tiny island off the coast of Acadia National Park in Maine.
  • Weinberg, Claire
    Festival Instructor 2020
  • Wells, Melissa
  • Whitten, Timothy
    Festival Instructor
    Tim Whitten is known around the world as a master marlinespike artisan. He has been operating his studio gallery, the "Marlinespike Chandlery” in Stonington, Maine since 2008.  Prior to that he established himself through his website Tim has roots in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes and completed graduate degrees in engineering before beginning a self taught career in fiber art. He currently lives on Deer Isle.  
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  • Wood, JoAnne
    Festival Instructor
    JoAnne Wood was born in England and raised in San Francisco, and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. Since moving to Maine 20 years ago, she has worked as a professional pastry chef and owned a dessert catering company in Gorham, where she also taught cooking classes. She currently teaches cooking classes for the Ellsworth Adult Ed personal enrichment program. JoAnne recently relocated Downeast and now lives in Lamoine with her husband Doug and their three dogs in an 1800s Maine farmhouse where she enjoys hosting dinner parties and brunches, and cooking and baking for family, friends, and her coworkers at Friends of Acadia in Bar Harbor. She offers dessert catering, English tea party catering, and sells from-scratch bakery items. JoAnne’s classes are designed to be hands-on but are also perfect for those who may wish to just observe. The class always makes every item listed and everyone gets to sample. Each student will receive a full print-out recipe packet to take home!      
  • Woolf, Anna
    Program Development and Education Coordinator
    Anna’s newest work in barnacles was inspired by a visit to a summer restaurant on Schoodic Peninsula. There was a display of plates that had been brought up from the bottom of the ocean, every-day dishes from 100 or more years ago, covered in natural barnacles. There was a beauty in those plates and intrigue in the relation of everyday life both above and below the water that she is in the process of exploring. Anna is a passionate artist and great teacher.  Her teaching style takes you through key points in learning how to work with clay, while keeping both children and adults engaged in their creative side. Anna's Etsy Shop
  • Yoga
    Community Group
    Throughout the Spring and Summer Seasons: Join our group and enjoy the benefits of this great exercise.  Clear your mind, body and soul in a weekly, morning tribute to health. Class is held at 9:00 - 10:30 am at the Schoodic Arts for All Schoolhouse. The instructor is Kris Onuf, MFA, RYT-200.  By donation.

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