Nia Aretakis, instructor of EAC’s KinderArts Craft-Along video series, presents her latest—Papercraft Suncatcher Hearts. The video covers a few techniques, including the all-important cutting of a heart-shape, and the use of liquid starch and colored tissue paper to make a flexible translucent material that forms the suncatcher’s center.


This month’s video features original music by Emma Page, a Washington County native who is currently pursuing a musical career in the Portland area. But this isn’t Nia and Emma’s first musical meeting:
I first heard Emma sing years ago when I went to my sister’s high school coffee house,” said Nia, who was an elementary-level student at the time. “I believe it was one of her first performances, and after that first one I would hope to catch her at other concerts. I always wondered if she was still making music after high school so it’s exciting to have her music on my project!”

Emma Page wrote two original tunes to accompany this month’s Craft-Along video. Thanks, Emma!

Appropriate for crafters of all ages, the Craft-Along videos (this is our 8th in the series!) are easy to follow and feature free materials kits for local participants; those who wish (or who are farther from Eastport) may use their own supplies from home. Please note that this month, in addition to the full craft video, we’ve made a short ‘music video’ to highlight Emma’s music along with an overview of the craft.

Nia graduated this past June from Washington Academy (and received EAC’s fine arts award at graduation), and has been accepted to the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Due to Covid restrictions, she’s delayed her college studies, and has taken on the creation of the KinderArts videos as an extension of her academic goals.
Emma teaches voice with the Maine Academy of Modern Music, and is also student teaching this winter. In December, her trio, OLP, with Alex Ouellette and Hunter Lefebvre, contributed a song to the EAC’s holiday celebrations; OLP has one song out, and more Emma tunes may be heard here. In addition, Emma will be featured in the upcoming pilot of EAC’s new podcast!

To arrange for a kit (pick-up or delivery) email Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org. Funding for this series has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted—either in the coffee can provided at materials pickup or via the EAC’s website. Participants are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison via the email address above.