Director's Notes ... Summer 2018

Awesome New Classes to Spark your Creative Genius!


Come to our Sculpture Garden


Benefit for Eliot's End 68 hours of Hunger initiative.
Saturday, June 30, 11 – 4 (rain date Sunday, July 1)


This Summer we are pleased to welcome Bob Ellis, a local potter whose thrown pots, platters and vases are simply gorgeous. Bob has been busy setting up our basement space, throwing lots of ceramic work for testing our new gas kiln and his raku kiln, and organizing glazes. We are really looking forward to hosting throwing classes here this Summer. Bob has augmented our three wheels with 3 of his own, so we have plenty of room and wheels for folks to work their magic. His Pottery on the Wheel classes (SA 21) meet Wednesday mornings and evenings and his Raku class (SA 22) meets Saturday mornings. A studio potter since 1973, Bob has a depth of ceramics experience that is hard to find. We consider ourselves so lucky he moved just up the street!

Emily Kalina is another new instructor gracing us with her class offerings: Create Your Own Website (SA 24), and Create, Design & Produce Your Own Products (SA 23). Emily graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration and entered the gallery world with her layered, textured and patterned watercolors. After 6 years, she pursued the exciting world of print and textile design using watercolor as a basis for her prints. Her best selling scarves and a variety of other products are sold at Amazon, Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Better Homes & Gardens,,, among others. She is eager to share her design and marketing expertise with all aspiring designers.

Amanda Rouse is another young painter, printmaker and surface designer new to this area who loves teaching. Her Indigo Dyeing (SA 15) workshop is offered Wednesday May 30. Shibori, the Japanese tradition of folding and manipulating fabrics to make intricate patterns for dyeing is the focus of this 4-hour workshop. All tools for dyeing and some fabric/garments will be provided. If you have natural fibers like cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo, silk or wool in white or light colors, you are welcome to bring them to this enlightening (and blue) workshop.

Cate Irvine offers Planter Portraits in Clay (SA 17) Friday afternoons. Working with a model, students will sculpt large-scale portraits to turn into ceramic planters to enjoy in your patios or gardens. Cate is an excellent classical figure sculptor who enjoins you to work with her to create some garden whimsy.

Bryan and Emily Boucher are teaching Direct Wax Casting (SA 19) in the Green Foundry on the premises. Create one-of- a-kind pieces that can move directly into the lost wax process for metal casting. Bryan is an extremely talented wax worker- the best I have experienced, and Emily, who does a stellar job the mold-making department, is fast catching up with him. Come gain some confidence with this often misunderstood material.

Marvelous week-long workshops!

Sydney Bella Sparrow offers Painting Spring Florals (SA 5), a one –week intensive May 21 – May 25 and Sean Beavers and Sydney Bella Sparrow offer Figure Drawing/Painting for a full week at the end of August. Sean Beavers offers his usual (and usually wonderful) En Plein Air Painting Workshop (SA 1) in June.




Kathy Hanson offers Introduction to Watercolor (SA 14), a one-day workshop for first time beginners or those wanting to refresh their painting skills. Her easy to understand methods are perfect for those who have developed fears about this beautiful and tricky medium.



Pat Hardy offers a one-day workshop painting at Narrow Cove, the view from the Ogunquit Museum of Art. Tour the Museum’s show of works from the Art Colony, then paint in the gardens by the sea with Pat, one of the last students of John Laurent at the Ogunquit School of Painting & Sculpture.


We welcome back Sean Kramer from his many exotic travels to teach Symbols & Archetypes (SA 9), Contemplative Art Practices (SA 11), Icon Painting (SA 12), and Fresco Painting (SA 13). Sean is a warm, spiritual and practical guide to the mysteries of esoteric art forms.

Our favorite Botanical illustrator, Carol Ann Morley, offers Sketching with Pen & Ink (SA 7), along with her usual Drawing in the Garden (SA 2) and her Drawing on Location (SA 3). Learn how to create the special mark making vocabulary of pen and ink, line and texture with both the technical Micron pen and the traditional crow quill dip pen with this exceptional instructor.

Tom Glover returns with Let it Fly; Painting Birds (SA 8). Tom’s own paintings of birds are truly inspirational, as is his teaching style. All mediums welcome!