Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Haystack's exhibition series is an outgrowth of the school ’s commitment to supporting the dynamic work being done by makers of contemporary craft and to the creative process implicit in that. These exhibitions are an incredible resource for the community—featuring work by internationally distinguished makers—and also provide an opportunity to learn about these makers’ creative process as well. The Center for Community Programs is open on Wednesday and Friday-Sunday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. throughout the summer season, with informal receptions held every other Sunday afternoon. From time to time, we also schedule visits by appointment. These events, free and open to the public, attract a cross section of island residents and summer visitors, as well as our workshop participants.

Summer 2014

This summer Haystack will mount three exhibitions at the school’s Center for Community Programs. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1 - 5pm.

Misfold (2009), by Matthew Shlian. Paper, tyvek, string, robotics, 14" x 26" x 13'.

Matthew Shlian:
Recent Work in Folded Paper
June 1-July 9

Visual artist and paper engineer Matthew Shlian creates kinetic sculptures by manipulating paper through folding, scoring, pleating, and other techniques.

Click on the image at right to see a short video of this piece at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 



Images from the Matthew Shlian exhibition



Student Veterans cut up uniforms to be made in to paper. Photo courtesy of David Keefe.
Combat Paper 
July 19-20


Combat Paper, a veteran-run arts organization based in New Jersey, will lead workshops in writing and  visual arts for invited veterans at Haystack's Center for Community Programs, July 14-18. The two-day exhibition, which follows the workshops, will feature some of the work made during those workshop sessions. These programs are supported by a grant from the Broad Reach Foundation of the Maine Community Foundation.

Combat Paper exhibition: Saturday - Sunday, July 19-20

Reception: Sunday, July 20, 3-5 pm


Portals (2013) Brooch/Neckpiece by Robin Cust. Fabricated 22K, 18K, opal, and diamond, 2 3/4" x 13/16" x 1/4"


Made in Maine: Work by Recent Fellowship Recipients
July 27-August 31

Made in Maine: Work by Recent Fellowship Recipients will feature work by four recipients of functional craft and visual arts fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission in 2012 and 2013: Robin Martin Cust, Alicia Eggert, Anna Hepler, and Ellen Wieske.

Made in Maine exhibition: July 27 - August 31

Reception: Sunday, August 3, 3-5 pm





Spring 2014

Mentor Amnne-Claude Cotty works with a student in her Oceanville studio.

Annual Haystack Mentor Program Exhibition

An exhibition of the students work from this yea'r annual Mentor Program will be held at Haystack's Center for Community Programs in Deer Isle village on Sunday April 13, 2014 from 3 - 5pm. Free and open to the public.

Each winter students work with area artist mentors in an individualized and intensive setting. This year, twenty-six students from three area high schools – Deer Isle-Stonington, George Stevens Academy, and the Bucksport High School – are participating.
Support for the Mentor Program comes from these funds of these funds of Haystack's Program Endowment: the Ann and Chuck Holland Fund, the Belvedere Fund, and the Betsy Rowland Fund.



Read about our Past Exhibitions