Open Door, first offered at Haystack in 1982, has become an important event for the school and the Maine arts community. This intensive fall session for Maine residents allows the chance to retreat and devote extended time to one’s work. All levels of students take part, from beginners to advanced professionals, each working in their own art forms or investigating other media. Open Door is traditionally held on Columbus Day weekend, making it Haystack’s annual season-ending program. This workshop, led by prominent New England craftmakers and visual artists, has become one of Maine’s best known professional development opportunities for working artists. Please Contact Haystack if you would like to be added to our mailing list and/or our email list for future news and mailings.

For participants of all skill levels – from beginners to advanced professionals – this program offers Maine residents* the opportunity for retreat and focus time.
*A Maine resident is someone who lives in Maine for more than half of the year.

Open Door workshops and instructors included:


Maegan Crowley Blacksmithing

Book Arts

Barbara Korbel

Limp Paper Bindings


Kari Radasch Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy


Warren Seelig Thinking Textile/Constructing Surfaces


Sue Amendolara

Die-Hard: Jewelry Making Using
the Hydraulic Press

Zeke Leonard Found Object Instruments


Jaed Coffin On Story and Storytelling



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