Director's Notes ... Summer 2015

Come to our Sculpture Garden OPEN HOUSE
& Iron Pour Benefit

Saturday, July 25th, 11-4

(rain date Sunday, July 26)


The Days Before Radio by Dewitt Hardy

New instructors and classes for this season!

Bowl by Heather Vaillancourt

We welcome new instructor Heather Vaillancourt who will be teaching Introduction to Functional Ceramics (SA 17 A & B) Tuesday mornings and evenings at Sanctuary Arts. Heather is a graduate from the Ceramics Department at Maine College of Art in Portland. Her work has a utilitarian focus, melding bright illustrative surfaces with traditional forms inspired from her travels. We are very excited to re-ignite our ceramics facility with Heather's bold and experimental work. She will be teaching a variety of handbuilding techniques, as well as wheel throwing to create glazed, functional pieces.


Vernal Pool by Tom Hibschman

We are also pleased to welcome Tom Hibschman, another instructor new to Sanctuary Arts. He will be teaching Digital Camera Creative Confidence (SA 14) on Thursday evenings. This is a “lowbrow” How to use your digital camera class with an emphasis on photo tips and techniques for improving your own work. Tom is presently a board member of the Ogunquit Art Association & Barn Gallery representative for the Maine Curators Group: and is a past Art Director at NHPTV, UNH Publications & GenRad, Inc. He has won awards in photography from the Boston Art Directors Club, University & College Designers Assoc., NHAAand his photography was shown in the Portland Museum of Art 2007 Biennial.


Sanctuary Arts is introducing a couple of Garden Workshops taught by permaculture afficionado and long time gardener Julie Marvin. Through Julie, permaculture practices are being introduced to Sanctuary Arts' landscape plan. Her two one day workshops, Regenerative Garden Bed Construction (SA 10) and Sapling Garden Creations & Coppicing Workshop (SA 11) will put you well on your way to creating efficicent garden bed systems and beautiful sapling fences and trellises.


Plein Air painter Lennie Mullaney offers A Painterly Approach to Plein Air (SA 3) on Monday mornings in June and July.

"Pierce Island Bridge" by Lennie Mullaney



"Angel" by Cate Aichele

Cate Aichele returns to teach Portrait Drawing (SA 8) and Figure Drawing (SA 9) on Tuesdays. Working from the model, students will learn traditional academic drawing methods for rendering form. Focusing on direct observational skills, as well as the basic anatomy of the head and body, students will develop fundamental techniques in establishing contour, proportion, and modeling form. Beginners are welcome! Cate received her Masters in Sculpture from the New York Academy of Art, one of the premier art institutions that instructs in academic figurative traditions.