Eastport Arts Center

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Summer Workshop Series Concludes with In-depth Ceramic Sculpture Experience

A weekend spent sculpting under the tutelage of Elizabeth Ostrander was a dream come true for the participants of this very popular August workshop. Inspired by Icelandic fairies, sea creatures, totem art, goddesses including Sedna the Eskimo goddess of the sea and others, each artist worked with paper clay to create a fully realized piece. Once these sculptures are completely dry, Ostrander will fire them in her kiln.


“I went to the workshop just a bit apprehensive about my ability to sculpt with clay,” said Mary Anderson, “but I was pretty sure Elizabeth would be a good teacher, and she was. She got me through the process of building up the clay base and encouraged be to have fun with the process. Taking her advice, I did let the clay lead me to make a really cartoonish and fun wild hare. I now have a better appreciation of what it takes to be a great sculptor like Elizabeth.”


Ostrander noted: “The first day everyone was learning how to ‘listen’ to their clay. By the second day everyone ‘heard,’ and what wonders were created—just fabulous work!
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Summer Workshop Series: Figurative Ceramic Sculpture with Elizabeth Ostrander

EAC’s Summer Workshop Series will conclude with a special two-day workshop, Figurative Ceramic Sculpture with Elizabeth Ostrander on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, from 12:30-4:30 pm. Participants will learn to use traditional hand-building techniques and the plasticity of clay to create a large-scale work. This accumulative process creates exciting juxtaposed surface textures, allowing the work to have personality, gesture and expression. The workshop is intended for participants ages 12 and up.

A well known Eastport-based artist, Ostrander’s creative output includes sculpture, mixed media works and digital prints. “Art is a conversation between spirit, nature and imagination,” says Ostrander. Her formal training began in the 1960s with Jose DeCreeft at the Art Students League in New York, and continued with study at the Cooper Union School of Art. After moving to Maine more than 40 years ago, she earned her BFA from the University of Maine.

Her sculptures, mixed media and digital prints are represented by Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk, ME; Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Belfast, ME; Cocco & Salem Gal- lery, Key West FL; and Breakwater Gallery, Eastport; and she is a founding member of the Eastport Gallery. Her work is in collections of the University of New England Art Gallery, Portland, ME and Peavey Memorial Library, Eastport. In addition, Ostrander created illustrations for Wendy Buffington’s “Looking for Water”, Karen Douglas’ “Red Goddess Poems”, the Summer 2016 Café Review and the Aputamkon Review. She received the 2014 Arts and Culture Award from The Commons, Eastport.

Workshop fee of $60 includes all materials. Space is limited. To participate, please preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or alison@eastportartscenter.org.

The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant; a sliding scale for fees is available by request.

Summer Workshop Series: Sea Glass Lightcatchers & Mobiles with Sue MacNichol

Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series continues with sea glass light-catchers and mobiles with Sue MacNichol on Tuesday, August 13 from noon-2 pm. Participants will learn to make hanging sculptures from their (smallish) beach finds; additional materials will be available. The workshop is intended for ages 10 and up; younger children may attend with an adult to help them.

MacNichol did come home again and is happy to report that it can be done. A retired teacher/librarian, she is certified to teach art in Maine schools. Her pockets tend to be full of shells, stones, feathers and beach glass that she will be happy to share with attendees as they construct mobiles and light-catchers with found treasures.

Workshop fee is $10; space is limited. To participate, please preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or alison@eastportartscenter.org.

The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant; a sliding scale for fees is available by request.

Summer Workshop Series: Marbling with Chris Grannis

Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series continues with Marbling with Chris Grannis on Tuesday, August 6 from noon-2 pm. Marbling is the art of printing multi-colored swirled or stone-like patterns on paper or fabric. Participants will learn how these patterns are formed and receive guidance in creating their own one-of-a-kind artworks. Each participant will have a paper and a silk project to take home.

Grannis, who in addition to a wide range of artistic pursuits is Director of Eastport Arts Center, has been dabbling with various methods for marbling for two decades, driven by her love of surface design. She has been refining her current method for ten years, and is happy to share the results of her experimentation thus far.

Workshop is suggested for ages 12 & up, though a younger child may attend with an accompanying adult. Fee is $10; all materials are included and space is limited. To participate, please preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or alison@eastportartscenter.org.

The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant; a sliding scale for fees is available by request.

Summer Workshop Series: Plant-printed Bags with Sara Myrick

Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series continues with a workshop for all ages in plant prints with Sara Myrick on Tuesday, July 30 from noon-2 pm. Participants will explore a variety of print possibilities using organic materials, paint, and printmaking on a small muslin bag to bring home. Participants are also welcome to bring their own print materials and/or additional fabric items to print.
Myrick teaches art full-time for grades K-12 in the Eastport schools, and is owner of Coastal Whims, a home-based art business celebrating her love of nature and handcrafting.
In her artistic practice, Myrick is a wild chameleon, always trying something new, and her workshops and projects have ranged from upcycling—Chihuly-style plastic ornaments and altered books— to print-making, whether on fabric or paper—to jewelry-making, using a wide array of found and handmade objects. In addition to her teaching gig, she leads many workshops at both EAC and Eastport’s Peavey Library.

Workshop fee is $10; all materials are included and space is limited. To participate, please preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or alison@eastportartscenter.org. Also, please note: youth may arrive early (11:30 am) to receive a free lunch through Eastport’s Summer Lunch Program.

The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant; a sliding scale for fees is available by request.

Summer Workshop Series: Pastel Washes & Underpainting with Sue Griggs-Bailey

Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series continues from noon to 3 pm, Tuesday, July 23, with Sue Griggs-Bailey’s workshop, Pastels and Underpainting. Participants will learn in a relaxed atmosphere to use underpainting techniques to create a dramatic pastel painting. Attendees may choose to follow along with a demonstration, or may create their own painting from references.

Sue Griggs-Bailey recently became a full-time resident of Eastport after spending 13 summers here. Originally from New Jersey, Sue’s music teacher parents instilled in her a respect for nature and the inspirational art culture of New York City. At a very young age, she spent hours drawing and illustrating her own stories. Beginning in 1972, Sue studied Fine Arts and Illustration at Paier School of Art. She is a member of the Eastport Gallery.

The workshop is intended for ages 12 and up; some drawing experience is preferred. $30 fee includes high quality supplies that participants will get to keep. Space is limited; please preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or alison@eastportartscenter.org.

The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant; a sliding scale for fees is available by request.

Summer Workshop Series: KinderArts Movin’ and Music with Beth Goodliff

Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series will feature a special Movin’ and Music KinderArts Class with Beth Goodliff on Tuesday, July 16 from 10 to 11 am. The free session will offer an interactive music experience for young children, sure to get the kids and their caregivers singing and moving to great tunes!

Beth Goodliff, music teacher for AOS 90, loves music and keeps busy with the Machias Blueberry Musical, Quoddy Voices, the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra, the University of Maine at Machias Chorale and with her cover band, Lost Cat and The River City Rats. She also loves theater, dancing and enjoys watching Marvel superhero movies with her husband and two daughters.

The workshop is intended for children up to age 8; those 5 and younger should attend with a caregiver. Space is limited; attendees may preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or alison@eastportartscenter.org.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant.

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The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.