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ArtWaves, our local community arts center

Our Vision:  A rich, vibrant and enlivened arts culture and community on Mount Desert Island, sustained through your support!
Our Mission:  To serve as a center of learning, engagement, and community for individuals at every skill level to experience and create art.

Connecting our community with the power of art: 

This is the foundation of ArtWaves, your local community arts center. We aim to provide residents and visitors of Mount Desert Island and the surrounding area, with accessible, affordable, and dynamic art and movement opportunities. 

Our History: In 2015, local artist Liz Cutler brought this concept to life and the community embraced this idea.  ArtWaves soon outgrew her studio in the Bar Harbor Municipal Building and moved to a larger space just one year later.  In 2017 ArtWaves was again able to expand and is now situated on a four studio campus in Town Hill.    ArtWaves purchased 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

Ex Officio: Liz Cutler, Executive Director

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 and learn techniques from some of the best working artists in the area. 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.   

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

Find out more about our vision and how we plan to get there! ArtWaves Strategic Plan 2022-2025


1345-A State Highway 102

Bar Harbor, ME 04609


    We would like to highlight and thank the foundations and 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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