News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 31, 2018
Haystack workshop draws 82 participants to open 2018 season

Island Workshop Day

Deer Isle resident Kasi Billings participated in the metals workshop led by Jeanne Paterak.

Photo courtesy of Rene Colson Hudson

At Haystack’s annual season-opening program, Island Workshop Day, 82 Island and Blue Hill Peninsula residents—with seven faculty and seven technical assistants—took part in various craft workshops. Island Workshop Day was established for the residents of Deer Isle, Stonington, and Blue Hill Peninsula communities as a way to share the resources of Haystack and to engage locals of all skill levels in the creative process, according to a news release from Haystack.

One participant wrote on her evaluation, “The most memorable part about Island Workshop Day was that I learned a craft that was totally new to me that I can also do at home.” Another wrote: “Thanks so much for providing this art opportunity to the community. It’s such a privilege to be able to attend!”

The 2018 Island Workshop Day Faculty included Aaron Beck (blacksmithing), Crystal Cawley (textiles), Lissa Hunter (baskets), Julie Morringello (mixed media/wood), Jeanne Paterak (metals/jewelry), Betsy Scholl (writing/poetry) and David Wolfe (printmaking).

This collaboration between Healthy Island Project and Haystack is supported by Haystack’s Maine Programs Endowment Fund.