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ArtWaves, Your local community arts center

 Our Vision: Connecting our community with the power of art.

 Our Mission: Our mission is to provide residents and visitors of Mount Desert Island, and the surrounding area, with accessible, affordable, and dynamic art and movement experiences.

Our History: In 2015, local artist Liz Cutler came up with the idea of ArtWaves MDI -- and others agreed that it was a great idea! In 2017, ArtWaves became a 501C3 nonprofit organization. ArtWaves was able to purchase the 1.75 acre campus in December 2019 thanks to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and a local benefactor. 

Our Board

President: Julie Meltzer

Vice President: Donna Domiano

Secretary: Jenna Jandreau

Treasurer: David Lamon

At Large: Liz Cutler

At Large: Lisa Murray

Ex Officio: Nikki Moser

Our Programs

ArtWaves is currently home to three visual arts studios where people of all skill levels can dabble, or hone their skills, in sculpture, figure drawing, or painting, mosaics, printing, fiber arts and more. Classes and workshops allow participants to learn techniques from artist instructors in the area and beyond. Our state of the art dance studio offers a variety of movement classes for expression, fitness, and fun.   ArtWaves offers both in-person and online classes.   Sign up to get our monthly Newsletter!

 ArtWaves is about fostering a vibrant arts community on Mount Desert Island, sustained through your support. 

  • “Every artist was first an amateur”                   -Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

Thank you for your interest in ArtWaves. For more information about where we have been and where we are going, you may want to read the following:

ArtWaves 2020-2021 Annual Report

ArtWaves 2022-2025 Strategic Plan


1345-A State Highway 102

Bar Harbor, ME 04609


    We would like to highlight and thank the businesses that support ArtWaves and the arts on Mount Desert Island.  We encourage you to support them as well!

    Your tax-deductible donations help support ArtWaves, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to make art accessible to the Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities.
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