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Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    2:00pm-5:00pmEllsworth City Hall - Council Chambers

    Meet your Maine Arts Commission

    Downeasters, the Maine Arts Commission is coming to YOUR community or region this winter. Our Arts Iditarod 2018 will feature Commission staff braving the elements to travel to four of the state's eight tourism regions in January and February. Why? As we implement our five year Cultural Plan, we've got a lot to talk about, to hear from you, and to deliver as promised! This winter's Iditarod will include three 40-minute workshop intensives for your professional development: Cultural Tourism Readiness/Destination Marketing; Strategic Planning for Artists and Arts Organizations; and How to Be and Build a Better Board. Plus whatever you bring to the table! These meetings are free and open to the public, and we hope to see you at one of them.

  • Sat
    10:00am-1:00pm25 Pine Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

    Needle Felting with Heidi Jai

    Fee: $60 (Includes materials and take-home kit)

    Warm your hands and heart while learning to sculpt with wool! Needle felting is an easy to learn, creative outlet that requires no sewing, no counting and no measuring. In just a few hours, you’ll have the skills to make an ornament, a fuzzy animal, or a woolly treasure from your imagination! 

    Minimum age 12 (class uses very sharp needles). Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Limited scholarships available. If you have previously taken a needle felting class and would like to sit-in for coaching and encouragement, bring your tools and fiber. Sit-in fee: $40

    Call 207-664-0222 to Register!

  • Fri
    10pm-4pm25 Pine Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605

    Mobius Scarf

    Plain weave, Herringbone, or Twill 


     Call 207-664-0222 to enroll.

    Fee $185. all materials included.

    Friday February 23, 5-7pm

    Saturday February 24, 10am-4pm

    Sunday February  25, 10am-1pm

    Please join us with returning weaving instructor Susan Perrine as she guides you through the creation of a Mobius/Infinity Scarf.

    Get ready to create a one of a kind woven accessory. Learn about the Tabby, Herringbone, Twill or Goose Eye patterns as you design your own woven project. You’ll have access to all sorts of warping and weaving equipment including one of the looms made available in the studio.

    Friday Evening

    We will have our meet and greet and begin our project by choosing yarns of different weights and colors from Artsworth’s lavish supply. After you choose your warping material, the important lesson of warping the loom will start us on the right path.


    Get into the zone of creativity as patterns are created and the weft fiber is woven into the warp to create your very own fabric.

    On Saturday lunch snacks will be provided in the form of a hearty soup (vegetarian), sliced baked bread, local cheese etc. Feel free to bring something to share, or an item for yourself if you have dietary restrictions.


    Students will resume their projects with a mind to finish them by the end of the day. Susan will demonstrate cutting the fabric from the loom, finishing the ends and if you like fashioning the fabric into the mobius shape.



  • Sat
    10:00am-3:00pm25 Pine Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

    Vitreous Enameling 101 with Emily Shaffer


    Call 664-0222 to enroll

    $95 (All supplies will be provided including components for a pendant and a pair of earrings.)

    Saturday, March 17, 2018
    10am - 3pm

    Emily Shaffer, award-winning metalsmith and jeweler, will introduce you to enameling on copper. This ancient art produces vibrant colors by fusing powdered glass to sheets of copper in a 1600 degree kiln. After learning the basic foundations of enameling through interactive demonstrations, you will experiment with several techniques, such as cloisonné, stenciling, graphite mark making and sgraffito. Demonstrations: 10am - 12pm, Work Time: 12:30 - 3pm. Previous experience is not necessary.

    Originally from Pennsylvania, Emily received her B.F.A and B.S. from Kutztown University. She moved to Maine in 2014 for a 1-year internship and since then has made a home in Maine creating wearable jewelry with vitreous enamel and sterling silver. Emily is the recipient of the J. Allen Pawling Craft Memorial Award, an American Craft Week 30 Under 30 Rising Star, and a 2017 Halstead Grant Top 5 Finalist.

    Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.

    Please call 207-664-0222 to sign up!


  • Sat
    9:00am-4:00pm25 Pine Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

    Perceptual Painting: Figure Painting Workshop with Philip Frey


    I Can't Believe He Called, oil, 20" x 20", © Philip Frey 2017

    Call 664-0222 to enroll

    $200 + model fee to be split between students (max $45 per student)

    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    9am - 4pm

    Sunday, April 22, 2018
    9am - 4pm

    Philip Frey, nationally exhibiting artist and teacher, will share his expertise and popular teaching style with you in the spacious Artsworth Studios. You will focus on the simplification of the figure in an interior setting, learning to use the space around the figure as an integral part of the composition. You’ll be working with direct observation from a live model and encouraged to concentrate on compositional studies, a limited color palette, placing color and value accurately and brush work. Philip will give daily demos and one-on-one instruction. Some fundamental experience drawing the figure is strongly suggested. There will be an hour lunch break each day.

    Having taught in many venues, Philip is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching style. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and confidence to help them move to the next level. His work will be showing in Greenhut Galleries “Portland Show” in April and Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will be mounting a solo exhibit of his work in June.

     Student Testimonials

    “Philip is a delight to work with, giving freedom yet challenges to students of all levels, based in a deep knowledge of expressionistic landscape painting.” -Vcevy Strekalovsky, Hingham, MA

    “When I first started taking classes I was frightened to death of putting myself out there with other, much better painters and a teacher whom I admired...The first day Phil’s demeanor helped to relax my fears, he helped me to organize myself, my materials and my goals...It seemed like he knew intuitively when I was headed down the wrong path and immediately offered me an exercise to refocus...I am confident that when I take a class with him I will be challenged, supported and encouraged to be myself.” -Carol Michaud, Bangor, ME


    Color Palette: (I use Gamblin Artist Oils. If cost is an issue, use Gamblin 1980™)
    Titanium Zinc White
    Cadmium Lemon (or Hansa Yellow Light*)
    Cadmium Yellow Med. (or Hansa Yellow Med.*)
    Cadmium Orange
    Cadmium Red (or Napthol Red*)
    Alizarin Permanent
    Ultramarine Blue
    Manganese Blue Hue
    Sap Green
    Transparent Earth Red
    Yellow Ochre
    Optional Colors: Cobalt Blue, Portland Gray Med., Phthalo Emerald

    Brushes: ‘Ivory Long Flats’ #2, #6, #10 #16. Round #2 (by Rosemary™ )
    Palette: (a flat surface with Saran Wrap or pad of palette paper, roughly 9x12 inches)
    Palette knife (small diamond pointed)
    Paper towels or rags & small trash bag (for dirty paper towels/rags)
    Gamblin Gamsol™ Odorless Mineral Spirits†
    Gamblin Solvent-Free Fluid™
    Brush Washer (air tight) or unbreakable jar with lid
    Gloves (I use the super thin nitrile dipped cloth gloves from HomeDepot)
    Canvas or canvas panels (Sizes: 2- 6x6” or 5x7”, 2- 8x10”, 2- 11x14”)
    View Catcher™ (or 2 x 2 inch window cut out of cardboard)
    Small sketch pad, Ebony™pencil, eraser, & digital camera or phone
    Color wheel
    Easel (I use the EasyL Lite™ and Strada™)
    Panel/Canvas carrier (RayMar makes excellent ones) or a couple pizza boxes

    Supplies can be found online at: dickblick.com | raymarart.com | bestbrella.com

    * Cheaper alternatives
    † Please DO NOT bring any other solvent other than Gamsol OMS. The instructor and some students are very sensitive to other solvents. Thank you!

    Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.

    Please call 207-664-0222 to sign up!

    Waiver: Kindly note that we are not responsible for any loss or damage participants may suffer in the course of the workshop due to theft, accident, illness or bodily injury.


  • Thu
    Thursday 2-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m-5 p.m.Neighborhood House, 1 Kimball Road, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

    Artsworth is excited to help organize the twelfth annual Northeast Harbor Neighborhood House Invitational Arts and Crafts Show.

    Thursday, August 9, 2–7 P.M.

    Friday, August 10, 10–5 P.M.

    Saturday, August 11, 10–5 P.M.

    This show will take place in and around the grounds of the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. The curators, Jodie Aragona and Linda Perrin, have selected approximately thirty distinguished artisans in a variety of mediums to participate. Many of the exhibitors are quite local, while some are from other parts of ME, MA, NY, PA, RI, etc... 

    With the help of the Neighborhood House's beauty, we create a simple direct marketplace where artisans bring their wares and meet their audience face-to-face. This show has a relaxed and elegant atmosphere, with no admission charge. Join us on Thursday evening for a delightful wine and cheese opening.