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    • 30 Nov 2023
    • 21 Nov 2024
    • 51 sessions
    • ArtWaves
    • 25
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    Imagine walking into an art supply store where every canvas, brush, and pigment  beckon to you without any price tags. That's  the essence of our open studio sessions at our art community hub. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and Sundays from 1 to 4 PM, our members step into a space that mirrors the boundless aisles of an art supply haven, but with one key difference – everything is free. The tables are laden with top-notch equipment, and shelves are stocked with an array of donated materials, creating an atmosphere where artistic possibilities are as limitless as one's imagination.

    In this creative sanctuary, members not only have access to a wealth of artistic resources but also to a spacious studio where they can spread out and immerse themselves in their projects. The open layout fosters a sense of community, turning the studio into a collaborative space where friendly fellow members work side by side, sharing ideas, techniques, and encouragement. It's a place where creative minds converge, turning each session into a vibrant tapestry of artistic expression.

    To enhance the experience, complimentary tea flows freely, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. As members sip on their tea, they find themselves surrounded not only by the hum of creativity but also by a supportive network of like-minded individuals. The "smarts and parts" philosophy encourages the exchange of knowledge, making this space not just a studio but a dynamic community where artistic intelligence is shared, and the necessary materials are readily available for all members. Best of all, this enriching experience comes at no cost to members, emphasizing our commitment to making creativity accessible and fostering a space where art is truly for everyone.

    Artists younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

      

    • 3 Jan 2024
    • 8 Jan 2025
    • 78 sessions
    • ArtWaves Dance Studio
    • 49
    Register

    Zen Meditation: Drop-In Group 2024

    Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 7:00pm 

    We will not meet on July 24 or July 31. See you in August!

    Registration is not required. Please arrive a few minutes early to park and settle in.

    The way of Zen is very simple: how one keeps one's mind, moment after moment after moment. It is not "tuning out" or creating a “blissed out” state. Instead Zen encourages us to "tune in" and realize the miracle of being alive right in this moment, whatever it holds.

    Our weekly sessions are Zen practice stripped down to the basics. There is no chanting or ritual, just seated and walking meditation, followed by a short teaching sharing the wisdom of ancient and contemporary Zen Masters (including the Buddha himself).

    All levels of experience, including none, are welcome, and instruction is enthusiastically offered to beginners. Meditation cushions and chairs are provided. (If you are new, please come a few minutes early so we can help you get set up).

    COST:

    Sessions are offered in accordance with the Buddha’s practice of dana (generosity). Donations of any amount are received with gratitude and help support the teaching and our practice space at ArtWaves.


    INSTRUCTOR BIO:

    Laura Bonyon Neal is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, authorized  Zen teacher, and  Dharma heir of the late Most Venerable Wonji Dharma. Whether teaching, meditating, cooking, gardening, or drawing at ArtWaves, Laura holds Zen’s great question “What Is This?” at the forefront in order to keep her mind moment after moment after moment. And she really likes cats.


    • 4 May 2024
    • 24 Nov 2024
    • 30 sessions
    Register


    Imagine walking into an art supply store where every canvas, brush, and pigment beckon to you without any price tags. That's the essence of our open studio sessions at our art community hub. Every Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and Sundays from 1 to 4 PM, our members step into a space that mirrors the boundless aisles of an art supply haven, but with one key difference – everything is free. The tables are laden with top-notch equipment, and shelves are stocked with an array of donated materials, creating an atmosphere where artistic possibilities are as limitless as one's imagination.

    In this creative sanctuary, members not only have access to a wealth of artistic resources but also to a spacious studio where they can spread out and immerse themselves in their projects. The open layout fosters a sense of community, turning the studio into a collaborative space where friendly fellow members work side by side, sharing ideas, techniques, and encouragement. It's a place where creative minds converge, turning each session into a vibrant tapestry of artistic expression.

    To enhance the experience, complimentary tea flows freely, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. As members sip on their tea, they find themselves surrounded not only by the hum of creativity but also by a supportive network of like-minded individuals. The "smarts and parts" philosophy encourages the exchange of knowledge, making this space not just a studio but a dynamic community where artistic intelligence is shared, and the necessary materials are readily available for all members. Best of all, this enriching experience comes at no cost, emphasizing our commitment to making creativity accessible and fostering a space where art is truly for everyone.

    • 12 May 2024
    • 19 Jan 2025
    • 37 sessions
    • Artwaves
    Register

    We meet every Sunday from 1pm-4pm during open studio.  Participants can bring your current knitting, crochet, sewing, mending, handsewing, mending, embroidery, weaving, felting, needlepoint, cross stitch….. all things fiber and needle projects to work in conversation with each other.  It’s a drop in group so you don’t have to register. Special guests will introduce new techniques and demo their needlework. Artwaves is also taking donations of materials, sewing machines, sergers, yarn, fabric, etc.  Participants may bring unfinished projects or ideas for community projects such as donations of hats, mittens, blankets, shawls, etc. 

    This ongoing group maintains an email list for persons interested or who have attended.  If you want to be on the email list, please send an email to office@artwavesmdi.org

    New to all this? Artwaves will provide supplies, beginning instruction, sewing machines and materials for you to try. 

    Free to members of Artwaves, non-members by donation 

    • 11 Jul 2024
    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • ArtWaves
    Register

    Thursday Figure Drawing
    Every Thursday! 12:00pm -3:00pm 
    Where the model is the star, a series of 20 minute poses with no instruction, but plenty of easels, charcoal, basic supplies, tea, and friendly fellow artists. 18 and over, under 18 allowed with parental attendance!
    $15 per week or Members can register with $25 per month at a significant discount! 


    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • ArtWaves
    • 3
    Register

    In this beginner’s class, participants will learn all of the techniques used in making a full sized, copper foiled stained glass panel, but in a smaller context. Steps include pattern cutting, glass selection and cutting, grinding, foiling, soldering, and finishing with patina and wax. Please bring a packed lunch. 

    Dave and Lisa Roy have been stained glass artisans for over 20 years. For 10 years, they owned and operated a full service stained glass studio in Bucksport.  Their work can be seen in hospitals, churches, and many private residences across the world. You can see more of their work at their website: https://www.stubborncowglass.com


    • 22 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Jul 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • ArtWaves Dance Studio


    Acadia Dance Festival offers a rigorous, creatively engaging, week-long Summer Intensive for dancers aged 14-22.

    The Summer Intensive is designed for high-school and college-aged dancers looking to expand their training, explore their artistry, and gain experience in a professional-level dance setting. Faculty are experts in the field who have carefully crafted curricula to help young dancers grow technically, artistically, and professionally.

    Participants take daily classes (ballet, hip hop, contemporary) with professional dance artists from Nimbus Dance and a rotation of special topics such as injury prevention, audition skills, and improvisation. Students learn a piece of original choreography with company dancers from Nimbus Dance and perform on Friday, July 26th at the 1932 Criterion Theater as part of the Acadia Dance Festival.

    Click here to register!

    Sample Intensive Schedule

    9 am - 10:25 - Technique Class #1 

    10:30 - 11:15 - Technique Class #2

    11:15 - 12 pm - Lunch

    12 - 2 pm - Rehearsal and Repertory

    Technique Classes Include Ballet, Modern, Improvisation, Jazz, Conditioning, and Contemporary 

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    www.acadiadancefestival.org

    The Acadia Dance Festival Intensive offers a rigorous, creatively-engaging, week of dance classes and performance opportunities for dancers, ages 14-22.

    The Summer Intensive is designed for high-school and college-aged dancers looking to expand their training, explore their artistry, and gain experience in a professional-level dance setting. Faculty are experts in the field who have carefully crafted curricula to help young dancers grow technically, artistically, and professionally.

    Participants take daily classes (ballet, hip hop, contemporary) with professional dance artists from Nimbus Dance and a rotation of special topics such as injury prevention, audition skills, and improvisation. Students learn a piece of original choreography with company dancers from Nimbus Dance and perform on Friday, July 26th at the 1932 Criterion Theater as part of the Acadia Dance Festival.



    • 24 Jul 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Save the Date! Our friends from Acadia Dance Festival and Nimbus Dance will host an open rehearsal and reception. 

    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 28 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • ArtWaves
    • 8
    Register

    Painting with Pastels

    Guided from start to finish, students will learn the advantages of this intense and versatile painting medium. The class will be instructed on the fundamentals of pastels and how to build a strong foundation with both dry and wet underpainting techniques. Students will examine various types of pastel, paper supports, and tools. Tuition includes materials and supplies. 


    Meet the Artist:


    Rainey is an artist from San Antonio, Texas. She has been exhibiting her work for 27 years and has been an art educator since 1999. Rainey is a recipient of the Primer Paso Fellowship. In 2008 Rainey was awarded Instructor of the Year and Most Creative Artist, both by the Southwest School of Art. In 2014 she established House Paint Art School where students of all levels learn to paint in oils and pastels. Rainey is also an instructor at UTSA Southwest.
    Rainey Rodriguez is an ArtWaves Artist in Residence. Welcome Rainey!

    • 27 Jul 2024
    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • ArtWaves
    • 6
    Register

    Introduction to working with earthenware clay


    In this two part workshop, students will learn hand building slab construction techniques. Together we will construct two forms. We will start with an altered cylinder vase form. Followed by a vessel formed and constructed with slabs of clay. 

    Our teacher, Susan Keller, will provide all the tools needed. The pieces you create in class will be bisqued fired by our instructor. On Wednesday, students will learn glazing techniques. The instructor will then glaze fire all pieces. Your completed pieces will be available for the student to pick up on the following Saturday.


    Meet the Artist:

    Susan Keller is a ceramic artist and studio potter working for 25 years. Her pieces are one-of-a-kind functional wares, hand formed with highly patterned and boldly colored surfaces. Her studio practice is in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Texas State with a BFA in ceramics. She makes pieces for in person shows, galleries, wholesale clients, and retail. Susan Keller is an ArtWaves Artist in Residence. Welcome Susan!


    • 28 Jul 2024
    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • ArtWaves
    • 8
    Register

    Ceramic Tile Making and Surface Design

    Students will roll out slabs of clay and use tile cutters to create 4”x 4” tiles. The tile will be used as a canvas to learn several surface design techniques: sgraffito, paper stencil resist, texture, slip trailing and mishima. Each technique can be used on its own or can be combined to create intricate unique surfaces. Each technique requires several specific tools. The instructor will provide a variety of tools for class use. Student tiles will be dried and bisque fired. On Wednesday July 31, students will return and glaze each tile with a clear ceramic glaze. Instructor will glaze fire tiles, completed tiles will be available to pick up on the following Saturday.




    Meet the Artist:

    Susan Keller  is a masterful ceramic artist and studio potter with an impressive creative career spanning 25 years. Based in the vibrant city of San Antonio, Texas, Susan's distinctive pieces are celebrated for their unique blend of functionality, artistry, and bold design.  A graduate of Texas State University, Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics. Armed with her formal education and boundless creativity, Susan embarked on her career as a studio potter, setting up her thriving practice in the heart of San Antonio. Susan is teaching Hand Building with Clay  on July 27 and July 31 as well as Ceramic Tile Making and Surface Design on July 28 and July 31.


    • 1 Aug 2024
    • 29 Aug 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • ArtWaves
    Register

    Thursday Figure Drawing
    Every Thursday! 12:00pm -3:00pm 
    Where the model is the star, a series of 20 minute poses with no instruction, but plenty of easels, charcoal, basic supplies, tea, and friendly fellow artists. 18 and over, under 18 allowed with parental attendance!
    $15 per week or Members can register with $25 per month at a significant discount! 


    • 2 Aug 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Register

     Learn the basics of needle-felting and re-create a masterpiece using your own images of Acadia or one of the iconic ones. It's like coloring with wool . ArtWaves has an amazing array of dyed fleece, embellish with spun wool and frayed silk saris. Not only will you leave with a wonderful felted piece but you leave saying "I felt great" - 

    No art experience necessary, samples and step by step instructions with  all materials included. Under 9 needs a double digit partner. 

    45 non member   35- members.  Perfect for a custom group workshop at a time convenient for you contact office@artwavesmdi.org 

        

      


    • 2 Aug 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Mosaic Mirror Workshop 

    It’s like coloring with stained glass! 

    Making a stained-glass mosaic mirror is an opportunity to create with a unique hands-on medium. Participants will learn how to cut, grind, glue, and grout if desired using ArtWaves extensive supply of glass, tiles, natural materials, and pottery to create whatever mosaic pattern or image they like surrounding a round or rectangular mirror.

    Friday August 2  from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    $50 ($40 for members)

    Teens and Adults of all skill levels, younger needs a double digit partner

    Liz gives step-by-step instructions, demonstrations, suggestions and guides you to complete your mosaic mirror ready to hang. No prior experience necessary and ArtWaves provides it all.


     

    About the instructor: Liz Cutler.com My paintings are inspired by a spark, something that wows me or quietly invites me to linger. I love capturing what transports me to being right there, to share and return to spectacular moments.

    Liz is a founder (2013) of ArtWaves, where she continues her practice through figure drawing, teaching, workshops, conversational critiques and working in her personal studio at the Bar Harbor Municipal building. Her artwork is expressed in a variety of media primarily oil painting, including glass, fiber and printmaking. She graduated with a B.A.in Painting from Swain School of Design including a year at Worcester Art Museum School and Boston Museum of Fine Arts and recently a Masters from Heartwood College of Art. Liz is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists​, Fiber Arts Network and Maine Crafts Association. Liz is the founder of ArtWaves and enjoys her studio time with students.


    • 3 Aug 2024
    • 4 Aug 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • ArtWaves
    • 6
    Register

    Pastels and Mixed Media

    This class offers a non-traditional, fresh approach to an old traditional medium. Learn to create vivid pastel paintings by exploring basic techniques and a variety of underpainting formulas. Students will explore the versatility of using soft pastels by pushing the medium using various art mediums and tools. Tuition includes materials and supplies.


    Meet the Artist:


    Rainey is an artist from San Antonio, Texas. She has been exhibiting her work for 27 years and has been an art educator since 1999. Rainey is a recipient of the Primer Paso Fellowship. In 2008 Rainey was awarded Instructor of the Year and Most Creative Artist, both by the Southwest School of Art. In 2014 she established House Paint Art School where students of all levels learn to paint in oils and pastels. Rainey is also an instructor at UTSA Southwest.
    Rainey Rodriguez is an ArtWaves Artist in Residence. Welcome Rainey!

    • 3 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Register

    An Ecstatic Dance-Yoga Fusion Practice to welcome in peace, playfulness, and presence in your body. 


    You can expect a brief opening circle, a yoga warm up to drop into your body, an ecstatic dance portal in the middle, a yoga cool down with yin stretches, and an opportunity to reflect at the end. Ecstatic dance is a free form, somatic movement practice that involves allowing your body to move to music without structure or rules. The yoga practice will help tap you into your body and create a safe container for authentic expression of your body through movement and sound. There is no right or wrong way to dance ecstatically, you do not need any experience! 

    Jess will curate an intentional playlist that rides a bell-curve - starting slow, getting more exciting in the middle, and winding down toward the end. 

    Jess' intention is to cultivate a safe space for people to have fun, be curious with their bodies, and release any stagnant energy that may be holding them back. 

    This practice welcomes everyone of any age and experience level. There is an expectation of respect for each other within the container of this experience - judgement of yourself or others has no place here. 

    Meet the Artist: 

    Jess is a rock climbing guide and yoga/dance/meditation facilitator currently based out of Bar Harbor. They believe deeply in the power of movement medicine and are passionate about sharing practices with people through a trauma informed, somatic lens to support embodied healing. 

    When not climbing rocks, dancing, or practicing yoga, Jess can be found studying herbal medicine, studying human anatomy/physiology, swimming in the ocean, eating local ice cream, and cooking elaborate meals to nourish their body.

    • 4 Aug 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kalidescope and Fine Art Studios
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    Join us for a "Sew Down" brought to you by Which Stitch, A Circle of Needles.


    Meet fellow sewers to make reusable produce bags that will be given to local farms, markets and food pantries. Unwanted clothing and fabric has a detrimental effect on the environment and this is an easy way to upcycle and make a difference. These bags will replace plastic produce bags that are difficult and costly to recycle. 


    Participants will leave with your own produce bag as well as leaving some bags to be shared. Our hope is to host future gatherings (including kids and youth classes) where learning basic sewing skills will be stressed.  Making produce bags covers many beginning sewing skills. 


    Machines, sergers, patterns, notions and fabric will be available. 

    Please bring your own machine if you have one. Bring your own washed cotton or cotton blends from the "fabric stash" or use our washed donated fabrics.  

    We are looking forward to stitching together with a purpose. 


    This project is organized by Claire T Weinberg and Paige Collins. For additional details, Claire can be reached at dulseandrugosa@gmail.com and Paige at yellowfarmhouse@hotmail.com



    • 5 Aug 2024
    • 26 Aug 2024
    • 4 sessions
    Register

    “The mind is the most important part of achieving any fitness goal. Mental change always comes before physical change.”

     Barre combines dynamic ballet exercises and techniques with elements of Pilates, yoga, and functional training. This class is safe and effective for all fitness levels!         You will enhance body awareness and appreciation, build lean muscle, and improve flexibility and balance. 

    As a certified health coach, holistic esthetician, and mindful movement facilitator, Aquene uses a multi dimensional approach to wellness. 

    Aquene is an MDI native and has been a lifelong dancer and athlete. Her classes are designed to be empowering and transformative for the mind, body, and spirit. She teaches various movement styles including Barre, Buti Yoga, Soul Sculpt, Heels, and Dance Cardio to name a few. Her background is rooted in ballet/pilates techniques, yoga, functional fitness, and strength training.


    • 7 Aug 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Fine Arts Studio
    Register

    Gel Plate Printing into Simple Pop-Up Accordion Cards with Anna Low

    Gel plate printing is a fun, immediate, accessible printmaking process that does not need a press. In this workshop we’ll explore using found objects, plants, stencils and layering to make colorful, playful, surprisingly detailed prints. After a brief break for drying, we’ll use our prints to make accordion cards with simple pop-up structures.


    Anna Low is a Maine-based bookbinder and book artist and the one-woman creator behind Purplebean Bindery. www.PurplebeanBindery.com


    • 8 Aug 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Fine Arts Studio
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    Rustic Leather Sketchbooks with Anna Low


    Learn a decorative, accessible and infinitely varied book binding stitch, the long stitch, and make a rustic leather sketchbook. The long stitch a great binding technique to learn and master both for beginning bookbinders and experienced book artists. It can be used to bind books with paper, felted wool, cloth or just about any durable material. In this class we will focus on constructing a blank book from folding pages to punching the leather cover and binding. Students will leave class with their own bound book in addition to instructions and tools to continue making books at home.


    Anna Low is a Maine-based bookbinder and book artist and the one-woman creator behind Purplebean Bindery. www.PurplebeanBindery.com

    • 9 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 10
    Register

    Learn the art of acid etching on metal and make a brass cuff bracelet or pendant to bring home! Students will design and draw a pattern of their choice on a piece of copper and then we will acid etch the piece to reveal a relief area. We will then form and shape the cuff, add patina and learn how to polish their jewelry piece to take home. While our pieces are etching we will learn sawing basics with the jewelers saw.



    • 10 Aug 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 10
    Register

    Join artist and educator, Lee Skalkos, for a Jewelry Making Workshop! Students will learn the skills needed to make a unique pair of earrings.


    • 12 Aug 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • 15 Aug 2024
    • 12:30 PM
    • Mount Desert Island
    • 1
    Register

    Join Christine Lafuente, our August Guest Artist- August 12-15

    Experience the magic of Mount Desert Island as you paint En Plein Air. A basic review of outdoor set-up, palette organization, composition, and atmospheric color theory will be covered; however, most of the time spent together will be “hands-on” in the field with individual instruction at four select locations on the Island’s beautiful coves and shores.   

    The half-day sessions provide you the opportunity to work in the mornings with the instructor, leaving you the afternoons to continue to work independently and process the day’s lesson.

    Pack a lunch and paint all day!

     

    Misty Cove and Tiger Lilies 11x14 oil on linen 

    View Christine's Website


    • 12 Aug 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM





    • 14 Aug 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • ArtWaves
    • 5
    Register

    Batik: Ancient Art, New Twist with Gloria Avner

    Use your photographs or mine. Transfer reality to artistry with ink, wax and watercolor on delicate rice-paper. Learn ancient techniques, play with layering color and go home with two wonderful paintings. All materials and step by step instructions are provided at the spacious ArtWaves Studio in Town Hill.

    Teens/Adults of all skill levels. The class is equally effective for beginners, professional artists and those taking the course multiple times.

    $95 ($85 for members) 10-2

      

    About the instructor: Gloria Avner has been creating and teaching art professionally for over twenty years. She is well known for specializing in painting BATIK Style. Both beginners and professional artists like to take her courses more than once. Ms. Avner has traveled the world and ran an art gallery in Town Hill for 35 years (Aquarius Artifacts). Her paintings are in Florida Galleries and collections across the country, and she is also well known for her Pet Portraits. See her work on Facebook, IG (@gloriavner), and Fineartamerica.com.

    If you need to cancel your registration, please email office@artwavesmdi.org. Your account will then reflect a credit that may be used toward future classes.

    If you already have a credit and would like to apply it to this class, please contact office@artwavesmdi.org before registering!


    • 15 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • ArtWaves MDI
    • 10
    Register

    Join us in welcoming Artist in Residence, Kat McClelland. In this Artist Talk, Kat will share her process and inspiration as well as answer questions from fellow artists and art lovers. 

     Kat has developed an impressive body of work in felting, her medium of choice for the last several years. Kat shared "There is something uniquely engaging about creating things using a process that has existed for thousands of years. I have found it is the perfect mix of painterly expression and physical process that satisfies me in a way that other mediums have not. Creating textile art with a social commentary feels appropriate and in line with a long tradition of women makers who used this discipline to have a voice in a world that would prefer their silence."

    Visit Kat's website, https://www.katmcclelland.com/
    • 16 Aug 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • ArtWaves MDI
    • 11
    Register

    Felted Patches with Kat McClelland

    In this class, students will create one of a kind felted patches using both needle and wet felting techniques. Designs can be as simple or complicated as the artist chooses according to their own level of comfort with felting.





    Meet the Artist:

    Kat McClelland was born here in Bar Harbor, grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives in Western Massachusetts. She is a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art where she majored in ceramics but took classes in a wide range of disciplines. She is married to a fabulous woodworker and is the mother of two amazing girls. She is an art teacher for a small high school in CT and also teaches felting workshops in a variety of settings. She spends her studio time working hard to develop a body of work in felting, her medium of choice for the last eight years.