Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

End of Session Auctions

End of Session Auctions feature the work of Haystack faculty and students.

At the close of each Summer Session, students and faculty are invited to donate a piece of their work toward the "End of Session Auction." Both live and silent, these auctions are held on the final Thursday of each session (Friday for session 6) in Gateway Auditorium on campus. End of Session Auctions are lively, fun, and full of great work. Proceeds benefit Haystack's scholarship fund and studio improvements. Generous donations from faculty and workshop participants, as well as an engaging staff and audience, which include sessions participants, Island residents, and summer visitors, all contribute to the enjoyment and success of our End of Session Auctions!


End of Session Auctions are free and open to the public.

A complete listing of end-of-session auction dates and times are listed in our Summer Evening Program Series brochure, which is available each spring, prior to the start of the summer season.

Summer Gala Dinner & Private Auction

Summer Gala

Haystack's Gala Dinner & Private Auction is our biggest fund-raiser of the year, providing essential support for our scholarship and community programs. Each year we are able to give over 125 of our students from around the world full scholarships and fellowships to attend workshops. The event includes a catered reception and dinner at our award-winning campus, followed by a private auction featuring an exciting combination of art and goods and services. The generous support of our sponsors, patrons, underwriters, supporters, donors, staff, trustees, and volunteers make the event an enjoyable summer fundraiser each year.

This year's Gala Dinner & Private Auction will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014. We always enjoy new faces - if you are interested in attending future Gala Dinners & Private Auctions, please contact Ginger Aldrich, Development Director at development@haystack-mtn.org.

Haystack's 2014 Annual Gala Dinner & Private Auction is generously supported by a lead business sponsorship from Bar Harbor Bank and Trust and a supporting business sponsorship from Tradewinds Marketplace.


Online Auctions

Mitch Lyons is one the Haystack faculty whose work was included in the 2014 online auction.

Thanks to all who participated in Haystack's 2014 online auciton and congratulations to the winning bidders!

The event benefits the school's scholarship fund and improvements to the campus.

Haystack's annul one-week online auction, developed in partnership with eBay Giving Works, provides a venue for sharing a wide selection of items created by members of Haystack’s internationally renowned faculty. Proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund--nearly 25% who attend Haystack receive financial aid--and improvements to our award winning facility.

If you've been to Haystack in the summer, perhaps you can imagine that you are sitting in Gateway for the end-of-session auction, laughing with your friends and enjoying some spirited bidding on items that were made during the session; maybe also seeing some juggling, or listening to a made-for-this-event poem, song, or performance...

So, while our online auctions are not exactly like attending one of our rollicking end-of-session auctions, they are similar in that we offer great work made from some of the most prominent artists of our time.

"The highlight for me was how I wasn't ever limited. The information was presented in a way that let me explore it and when I asked 'Is this possible?' the answer was always 'YES!'"
-Sarah Elliott
High school student from George Stevens Academy
who participated in Haystack's mentor program


Haystack Connections


Haystack Connections examines the significant connections between some of the world's most distinguished makers and Haystack.

World renowned artists with a deep connection to Haystack are highlighted as part of this feature, which includes Haystack mounting a one-week online auction of the artist's work and an accompanying profile through eBay Giving Works.

Over the past 61 years, Haystack's workshops have influenced a wide range of makers and thinkers. This summer CYNTHIA BRINGLE was the featured artist, and as part of this event, Haystack mounted a one-week online auction of a pair of her goblets.

Glass artist Dale Chihuly and metalsmith, sculptor, and jeweler Michael Good were profiled in 2012.

Haystack Benefit Auction @ NCECA 2013


A silent auction exhibition, hosted by Artstream Nomadic Gallery at the George R Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX, was held March 19-22.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has long been recognized for its innovative educational programs. The work of makers is central to Haystack's mission and more than half of the school's board members are involved in creative arts disciplines. Proceeds from this event benefit Haystack's education programs. The auction featured work by eight current and former Haystack Trustees: 

  Anne Currier
  Bill Daley
  Eddie Dominguez
  Julia Galloway
  Wayne Higby
  Alleghany Meadows
  Linda Sikora
  Chris Staley