Recent news and articles about Haystack programs, campus, people, exhibitions and more

Main Public Radio
(November 2019) Maine Art School Receives $4M Endowment To Preserve Campus

Ellsworth American
(November 2019) Haystack School nets $4 million to preserve campus

Portland Press Herald
(November 2019) Deer Isle arts colony receives $4 million gift, the largest in its history

Bangor Daily News
(November 2019) Nationally known Deer Isle art school received $4M endowment, its largest gift ever

Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art
(Fall 2019) Review – In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950–1969

Wellesley Magazine
(Fall 2019) Unconventional Lives

Ornament Magazine
(November 2019) IN THE VANGUARD, 1950-1969

PenBay Pilot
(November 18, 2019)
One weekend at Haystack and Maine LGBTQ teens are inspired to be artists

Art Jewelry Forum
(July 29) 2019 HAYSTACK SUMMER CONFERENCE REVIEW – Considering Craft: Past, Present And Future

Washington Post
(July 24) What makes a great art school? Haystack has the elusive answer.

Boston Globe
(June 23) In Maine, a persistent vision amid the pines.

Portland Press Herald
(April 28) Museums look at the legacies of 2 Maine art colonies

Forbes Magazine
(April 25) A Celebration Of Haystack, Coastal Maine’s Visionary Crafts School

Portland Press Herald
(March 28) Four Maine arts groups receive $329,000 in federal funding

The January/February 2018 issue of Art New England includes the article, Craft, Chisel, Collect: Three Artists and Their Residencies. Tanya Monique Crane, who attended Haystack’s 2017 Open Studio Residency and has taught at, or been a scholarship student at Haystack on a number of occasions, was one of the featured artists. In her interview Tanya talks about her experience during last summer’s residency and how she – and her work – was supported during the program.

The development of the Haystack fab lab is the topic in Craft brew: When tech meets touch, the mixture can be intoxicating. Written by Haystack’s former director, Stuart Kestenbaum, for the Winter 2017: FAB (Volume 20 no. 4) edition of Architecture Boston.

Haystack’s Open Studio Residency was among 11 of the World’s Most Inspiring Design Residencies in a recent Artsy editorial.

The Portland Press Herald‘s June 4 issue featured At Haystack Mountain, change has finally come – to the beds.

Haystack’s director, Paul Sacaridiz participated in this years’ Glass Art Society (GAS) Conference in Norfolk, Virginia from June 1-3.

Haystack’s director, Paul Sacaridiz and assistant director, Ellen Wieske attended this years’ Society of North American Goldsmith’s (SNAG) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 24-27.

Haystack’s director, Paul Sacaridiz attended this years’ National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Portland, Oregon from March 22-25.

The Ellsworth American covered a story about Haystack’s digital fabrication work with area middle school students and teachers in the February 16th piece, Haystack, MIT empower kids to design and make almost anything and the University of Maine at Orono mentioned the same work in their News listings with Grad student works with children at Haystack’s Fab Lab, Ellsworth American reports.


At the helm: Sacaridiz takes on new role as Haystack director, appeared in the June 30 edition of the Penobscot Bay Press.

The Portland Press Herald‘s June 26 issue featured Haystack Mountain craft school’s new director seeks his own identity.

Mainebiz recently interviewed Haystack director, Paul Sacaridiz. Haystack’s new director looks at a future of inclusion was included in the May 16 publication.

Craft in America has included Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in their list of significant craft places in America and the school featured on their website. Haystack will also be in part of the next episode of the PBS documentary series — TEACHERS will include a clip on craft schools/craft education around the country.

From April 8-May 6, Haystack’s director, Paul Sacaridiz, has work in a solo exhibition at the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery in New York City.

The Haystack fab lab (established in 2011 in partnership with MIT) is awarded the Distinguished Educators Award from the James Renwick Alliance; this award—the first given to a program—acknowledges the influence of Haystack’s digital fabrication lab on the work that we do at the school and how that work has reached outwards from the campus to impact the broader field.

Haystack’s director, Paul Sacaridiz, and Haystack’s Assistant to the Registrar, Carole Ann Fer, attended the 50th anniversary NCECA 2016 conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 16-19. Paul also co-led a tour for collectors earlier that week.

On February 25, Paul Sacaridiz, Haystack’s director, gave a lecture on his work and Haystack at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

From January through April Paul Sacaridiz‘s work is included in the exhibition, beyond the object: the 72nd Scripps Ceramic Annual in Claremont, California.

Spring 2015

Have you heard of the “The Haystack Experience?,” a blog written by Elizabeth Busch, Maine artist and sculptor and longtime Haystack participant and instructor, appeared in Fiber Art Now‘s September 1, 2015 online post. Elizabeth was invited to be a guest blogger as part of The Craft School Experience – a collaborative marketing initiative involving Haystack, Arrowmont, Penland, Pilchuck, and
Peters Valley, focusing on schools offering intensive studio experiences. To find out more about The Craft School Experience and watch videos, listen to artist stories, read the news blog, and check out links to each school, at

On Sunday, June 12, Fiber Art Now hosted FAN Fare Webinar: an interview with Lindsay Ketterer Gates, fiber artist, instructor, and development director at Peters Valley School of Craft; and Stuart Kestenbaum, who recently retired as the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts – sharing their thoughts on what the CRAFT buzz is about.

The blog, Moving On and Staying Still, by Haystack’s former director, Stuart Kestenbaum, is featured on the website. Stuart reflects upon his time at Haystack, decision to leave, and what lies ahead.

Following a five-month national search the Board of Trustees of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Sacaridiz as its new director. An accomplished artist, educator, and administrator, Paul is at present professor and chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He brings with him over sixteen years of experience in higher education and administration, as well as leadership in not-for-profit arts organizations. Read the full press release.

Thirty veterans from Combat Paper and Warrior Writers attended Haystack for a week-long intensive workshop, spoken word performance, and three-day exhibition, at Haystack’s Center For Community Programs. We are proud to have the project featured in the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald!

Haystack’s director, Stuart Kestenbaum, and Neil Gershenfeld, Director for the Center of Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave a presentation together at the 2015 SNAG conference, held on May 20-23 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Haystack’s director, Stuart Kestenbaum, participated in NCECA 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island, March 25-28.

On Sunday, April 19 Haystack’s Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, presented at Make Speak at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts mounted an exhibition of work by artist who have taught at Haystack, from February 28 – August 23. Continuum of Innovation: Haystack Clay Selects will be on view.

Fall 2014

The Craft School Experience logoHaystack is one of five participating craft schools -with Arrowmont, Penland, Pilchuck, and Peters Valley – that have organized a new marketing initiative that focuses on schools that offer intensive studio experiences.
To find out more about The Craft School Experience and watch videos, listen to artist stories, read the news blog, and check out links to each school, at

Portland Press Herald interviewed Haystack’s director Stuart Kestenbaum for the article Stu Kestenbaum, which appeared in the newspaper’s November 27 Special Features section as one of our 2014 Mainers to be thankful for.

Haystack’s director Stuart Kestenbaum announced to the school’s board and staff that he will be leaving his position in May 2015. Read the Press Release here.

Harry Allen, founder and principal creative and president at Harry Allen Design in New York, participated in Haystack’s 2014 Open Studio Residency. He contributed an article, Haystack Diary, about the residency, in the Fall 2014 issue of Modern Magazine.

The travel article, 43 heures a Stonington, ran in the September 2 edition of Le Journal de Montréal. The article included a paragraph about Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and its programs.

Summer 2014

The June 26 edition of the Bangor Daily News featured the article, Decades of art at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; $2 Million Grant Helps it Continue about Haystack’s Open Studio Residency and the recent award for the program.

The Summer 2014 issue of Studios, a cloth, paper, scissors publication of Interweave Press, featured Haystack in the article, The Maine Idea.

Spring 2014

A number of news outlets reported on the $2 million grant that Haystack received from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The unrestricted award is the schools largest gift ever and will be used to endow Haystack’s new Open Studio Residency, allowing the school to offer the two-week program at no cost to participants and provide long-term support to offer the residency as an ongoing part of its regular programming.

Maine independent literary press publisher, Deerbrook Editions, has announced that the Maine poet for this spring is Stuart Kestenbaum, Haystack’s Director and author of two books of poetry published by Deerbrook Editions in previous years. Stuart’s new book is Only Now.

The April 13 Portland Press Herald featured Stuart Kestenbaum and his new book with an Author Q&A: Maine poet Stuart Kestenbaum expresses optimism and awareness of mortality in ‘Only Now.’

Winter 2014

Haystack was nominated to be on this year’s ballot for the Bangor Savings Bank‘s unique grant-making initiative Community Matter More. The event offers an opportunity for Maine residents to show support for their favorite Maine non-profits during the month of February. Bangor Savings Bank asks the Maine community to assist in distributing $100,000 to charitable organizations in the state. Organizations listed on the ballots are awarded $1,000 and vie for a chance to win a total of $5,000.

Listen to the January 16th interview on MPBN’s Maine Calling, with Haystack Director Stuart Kestenbaum and Peter Korn, Executive Director for the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and hosted by Jennifer Rooks. The topic was, “Why We Make Things”.

Fall 2013

On December 19, 2013, Island AdVantages published the article Kestenbaum marks 25 years as executive director of Haystack, in which Stuart Kestenbaum talks about his journey to Haystack and longtime leadership role, as well as the sense of community that is at the heart of the Haystack experience.

Haystack is mentioned in the video, Eight Ways to Fish, produced by John Gfroerer and Accompany Films. The video was recorded in Stonington and Deer Isle, Maine. Eight Ways to Fish is about the island and some of the people who live on it—including stories of artists, fishermen, collectors, and pie bakers, and information about wooden boats, edible plants, and medicinal potions from the sea.

Harmony from Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press, 1990) was featured in The Writer’s Almanac on November 6, 2013. This is the seventh time that work from Haystack Director and poet, Stuart Kestenbaum, has been chosen for the acclaimed daily series in which that author, storyteller, and humorist, Garrison Keillor, recounts highlights of the day in history and reads a short poem or two.

On Friday, November 1, Haystack’s Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, participated in the panel discussion, Is It As Good For You As It Is For Me?, during the SOFA Chicago 2013 Lecture Series. Presented by The Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts (AIDA).

Haystack’s Community Programs Coordinator, Hannah Barrows, was a presenter at the first annual DigiFab Conference and Expo 2013, November 1, at University of Southern Maine in Portland. Hannah talked about the process and challenge of setting up and running a Fab Lab in a traditional fishing community.

Summer 2013

Haystack Director, Stuart Kestenbaum’s most recent book of poems, A Deep Blue Amen, was recently published by Amanda Degener, a co-founder of Cave Paper, in a handmade, limited edition of fifty copies. The project started a few years ago at one of Haystack’s New Works program, a 5-day workshop retreat session for artists who have taught at Haystack, when book artists Amanda Degener and Jan Owen, approached Stuart about using the poems for a book. Stuart will give a reading from A Deep Blue Amen at the American Craft Council Library on Saturday, October 5th. The Twin Cities Daily Planet, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, announced the book and reading in their September 20 article Book arts community comes together for launch, reading.

Zeke Leonard, who participated in the third annual Haystack Art School Collaborative, held September 19-22, wrote a blog about his experience, Making is Moving. Moving is Making, for the dance exchange. The focus of Haystack Art School Collaborative is on creative process, providing an opportunity for discussions and conversations between schools and across disciplines through lectures, studio work, and student-led discussions. Fifty-seven students and twelve teachers from ten art schools in the Northeast and Canada attended this year.

Spring 2013

On June 19, Haystack Director Stuart Kestenbaum, along with Tom Moore and Sharon Bray will read from their work in the new anthology Take Heart: Poems from Maine at the Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill, Maine.

Haystack and the MIT fab lab were featured on the NPR show To the Best of Our Knowledge on May 19th. Listen to the interview with Haystack’s Director Stuart Kestenbaum and fab lab founder and MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld.

Haystack Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, read one of his poems for Poetry Day at the Blaine House—the official residence of the Governor of Maine—on April 11. The annual address, given by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, also served as the launch for Take Heart: Poems from Maine, a new anthology, which gathers together the first two years of his popular weekly newspaper column of the same name. The column features work taken from poets all over Maine, both contemporary and historic, and represents a wide cultural diversity.

Winter 2013

Haystack was included in a list of art camps around the region in The Boston Globe’s March 3 Travel article, If you go…

The February 7, 2013 edition of Island AdVantages ran the article, Haystack’s Fab Lab Extends Training to Students, School Staff, which focused on how Haystack is expanding the use of its Fab Lab with outreach and training in its community, particularly to students, staff, and faculty at the Deer Isle-Stonington schools.

On Tuesday, January 22 from 10-11 a.m. WERU RADIO 89.9 FM (99.9 Bangor) program Maine Arts Alive featured Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Guests for the show included Haytack’s Director, Stuart Kestenbaum and Elizabeth Busch, a Maine Artist and Haystack Instructor.

Fall 2012

In Praise of Hands from Prayers & Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions, 2007) was featured in The Writer’s Almanac on December 11, 2012. This is the sixth time that work from Haystack Director and poet, Stuart Kestenbaum, has been chosen for the acclaimed daily series in which that author, storyteller, and humorist, Garrison Keillor, recounts highlights of the day in history and reads a short poem or two.

Summer 2012

Textile artist, India Flint, who taught a textile workshop at Haystack in 2011, attended Haystack’s 2012 New Works retreat for faculty and posted the blog Thank you Haystack about her recent experience.

The Monday, August 27 edition of The Portland Press Herald featured Author Q&A: Creativity Put Into Words. Stuart Kestenbaum and Tim McCreight (Brynmorgen Press) were interviewed about their collaboration on the recently published book A View from Here.

Check out Peep the Dreamy Inspiration Behind Levi’s New Fall Collection, on the fashion site Refinery29. Last fall Haystack was host to designers from Levi Strauss who were at the school on a retreat. A few of them returned this summer, with fashion writers in tow, to share the places they visited and that inspired their fall 2012 collection.

An August 20 Bangor Daily News article, Haystack to launch new residency program with help from Quimby, talks about the foundation support Haystack has received to date and plans for the school’s new Open Studio Residency program, to begin in 2013.

Prayer for What is Lost from Prayers & Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions, 2007) was featured in The Writer’s Almanac on August 14. This is the fifth time that work from Haystack Director and poet, Stuart Kestenbaum, has been chosen for the acclaimed daily series in which that author, storyteller, and humorist, Garrison Keillor, recounts highlights of the day in history and reads a short poem or two.

Haystack Director, Stuart Kestenbaum’s recently published book, The View from Here , was reviewed by Carl Little in the August 2012 of The Working Waterfont journal.

Spring 2012

Newly released: Brynmorgen Press and Haystack Director Stuart Kestenbaum, have published a new book, The View from Here, a collection of more than three dozen observations made over the years in the Haystack newsletter, Gateway. Also included are the texts from three keynote speeches that Stuart Kestenbaum has presented. For more details and ordering information, visit Brynmorgen Press.

TAKE HEART: A Conversation in Poetry, which is edited and introduced by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, includes work by Haystack Director, Stuart Kestenbaum.

Renowned choreographer bringing movement to Deer Isle, an article in the Bangor Daily News by Aislinn Sarnacki, is an interview with Liz Lerman, who is currently in residence at Haystack.

Winter 2012

A Cold Rain the Day Before Spring from Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press, 1990) was featured in The Writer’s Almanac on March 10. This is the fourth time that work from Haystack Director and poet, Stuart Kestenbaum, has been chosen for the acclaimed daily series in which that author, storyteller, and humorist, Garrison Keillor, recounts highlights of the day in history and reads a short poem or two.

The Maine Writers and Publisher’s Alliance included a plug for Vision & Legacy: Celebrating the Architecture of Haystack—published this summer—in their December MPWA eNewsletter.

Haystack Art Schools Collaborative, a new program launched this fall, was the focus of a blog, posted December 22 on American Craft‘s website. The blog, Haystack/Art Schools Collaborative, was written by Laura MacLean, who attended the program.

Fall 2011

In the November 2011-April 2012 CeramicsTECHNICAL Magazine, Issue 33, Haystack Director Stuart Kestenbaum, contributed the article A Designed Creative Community. A link to the article will be provided here once the Ceramics, Art & Perception: TECHNICAL website has posted Issue 33 online.

Check out the recent Surface Design Association NewsBlogDesign Dialogue Celebrates Haystack Home @ 50, written by Ming-Yi Wong, who participated in Haystack’s 2011 Summer Conference, Design: Shaping the World and the World Shaping Us.

Fine Home Building Magazine included Haystack in it’s October 14, 2011 online video, How to look at houses (like an architect): Base II.

Summer 2011

Mr. Fix-It, a poem by Haystack Director Stuart Kestenbaum was included in the Portland Press Herald’s September 6 edition of Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry, which is edited and introduced by Maine’s Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair.

Bad Advice Wednesday: Take a Workshop, a blog by Bill Roorbach, who taught a writing workshop at Haystack during this summer’s 7th session, was posted August 30, on Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour.

Haystack’s Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, has been invited by The Walters Museum of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland, to be the guest speaker for this year’s The Tenth Annual Renée May Lecture: Our Lives in Common. The special event will take place on September 10, 2011.

The Maine Community Foundation, via the Penobscot Bay Press, announced its recent Community Building Grant Program awards, totaling $94,853 in grants to 18 Hancock county nonprofits, including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Deer Isle’s World-Famous Craft School is one of the lead editorials in the September issue of DownEast magazine. The article, Crafted with Care, begins on page 60 with the introduction, “The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts not only produces incredible artisans and artists, it is an ever-evolving, artistic creation itself.”

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is mentioned in the August issue of maine. magazine, in the article 48 hours in…Deer Isle.

Haystack’s campus turns 50 appeared in the July 28th edition of Penobscot Bay Press’sIsland Ad-vantages.

Design Dialogue Celebrates Haystack Home @ 50, a NewsBlog, posted on the Surface Design Association‘s website. was written by Ming-Yi Wong, a participant in Haystack’s 2011 Summer Conference.

Penobscot Bay Press‘s July 7th edition of Island Ad-vantages featured the article, Haystack joins global network of “fab labs.”

Bob Keyes: Haystack marks 50 years of ‘shingles and lichen’ appeared in the July 3 edition of the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram.

The July issue of maine. magazine features A World Apart: Growing up at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Isaac Kestenbaum’s recollections of his childhood at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and growing up in Deer Isle. Reader responses[1] [2]

Check out the blog AS220 Labs Goes to Haystack! by James Rutter, graduate student at MIT and 2011 Haystack fab lab assistant/consultant during Session 1.

The article, The Future of Tradition – At Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ new Fab Lab, art and technology meld, appeared in the June 17 edition of the Bangor Daily News.

A summer place for inspired learning, which features Haystack, is the cover story in the Summer 2011 issue of New England Crafts Connoisseur.

American Craft‘s June/July 2011 issue includes the article, Haystack Embraces High-Tech(page 22), which talks about Haystack’s new fab lab and the role of digital production in crafts.

Spring 2011

The May/June issue of New England Home features the article, Haystack’s Architecture: Vision and Legacy in which Maine architect Carol A. Wilson talks about Haystack’s summer-fall exhibition, Haystack’s Architecture: Vision and Legacy, which she is curating, and her relationship with architect Edward Larrabee Barnes.

Maine Alliance for Arts Education recognizes outstanding artist-educators and two Maine artists have been selected to receive recognition from the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) for their outstanding work—Haystack director, Stuart Kestenbaum and Haystack’s Community Programs Coordinator, Susan Webster. They will be honored in a ceremony at the Blaine House on June 7.

Haystack director Stuart Kestenbaum was invited to contribute one of his poems to inaugurate the new column, Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry, for the Portsmouth Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram. Kestenbaum’s April Prayer was featured on May 1st. Edited by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, the column will feature one poem each week by a Maine poet.

METROPOLISMAG.COM published CRAFT: A Return to the Hand, by Janet Abrams, in their April, 30th Anniversary issue.

Ellen Wieske, Haystack’s Assistant Director, has work in the Portland Museum of Art’s 2011 Maine Biennial, open through June 5.

Winter 2011

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was featured in the Spring 2011 Fiberarts Magazine‘s article on fiber-friendly craft schools as well as the article Crafting Summer Adventures.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was named a Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star for 2010. This is the second year in a row that Haystack was recognized by Constant Contact, the industry leader in online email communications and Haystack’s eNewsletter host, for excellence in email marketing, based on good practices – communication and performance as well as maintaining clean records and delivering engaging information to readers.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has been named a recipient for a $125,000 Save America’s Treasures Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Save America’s Treasures’s private partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation National Park Service. The school is the only recipient in Maine–only 61 in the country–to receive the grant. The award coincides with the 50th anniversary of the campus too. Read the February 1, 2011 NEA release.

The Save America’s Treasures grants were announced at Lincoln’s Cottage – read about the award ceremony at

News of the grant award was also covered in the February 3 Bangor Daily News article, Deer Isle craft school gets $125,000 in save America’s Treasures grant; the Portland Press Herald‘s, February 6 Maine Sunday Telegram article, Haystack wins major preservation grant; the February 7 Ellsworth American article, Haystack School Wins Funds to Preserve Historic Campus; and the February 10 Island Ad-vantages‘ article Haystack award only one of its kind in Maine.

A January 19 article in the Bangor Daily News, ran the article Haystack school to hold winter workshops, about the school’s new program, Center Workshops, a winter workshop series for Maine residents.

Fall 2010

The American Craft Council and Penland School of Crafts recently hosted a three-day convening to discuss the state of craft in our culture. The ACC blog, Why Craft Now? Here’s What They Said, includes responses to the question, Why Craft Now? These responses were written by people who participated in the convening, including two Haystack board members–Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez and Chris Staley–and Haystack’s Director, Stuart Kestenbaum.

The communities of Deer Isle-Stonington and Blue Hill, Maine held Imagination Intensive Community celebrations for recently being recognized by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and the Maine Department of Education as two of six finalist communities where schools and a range of partnering organizations invest in the imaginative development of children and youth. Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is a partner with both communities.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’s award-winning campus, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, was represented in the exhibition, maine modern: 50 years of modern architecture in maine. The exhibition was mounted by storefrontforarchitecture, Portland, Maine, and runs from October 1-31, 2010.

Haystack organized 2010 Cultural Summit: A Gathering of Maine’s Art Leaders, held September 27-28, 2010. Bob Keyes, longtime Staff Writer with the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, covered the invitational program – his article about the program, Maine arts leaders convene for cultural summit, was included in the September 28, 2010 Portland Press Herald and a column about the summit was included in the October 3, 2010 Maine Sunday Telegram – Keyes: An artistic vision for Maine’s future.

Summer 2010

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was one of the featured craft schools in Etsy’s July 12 blog by Sabrina Gschwandtner, Summer School, It’s Not Too Late.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts hosted the Venerable Losang Samten, a Tibetan Scholar, for a week-long residency in early June. Losang Samten is the spiritual director of Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Middletown, Connecticut; and Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso, Texas. While at Haystack, he gave a public talk and created a Wheel of Life sand mandala at the school’s Center for Community Programs – this also included a ritual dismantling ceremony. Local media, including The Ellsworth American, Penobscot Bay Press; and Bangor Daily News, covered the residency.

AmericanStyle Magazine‘s Summer 2010 issue featured Back to Basics, an article profiling eight art schools in the US, including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, chosen for “their ideal locales, strong educational reputations and impressive list of alumni.” The spread started on page 82.

Spring 2010

Haystack’s Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, contributed his poem Open Window to the June 2010 issue of maine. The Magazine, page 55.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was selected as a “Best of New England” Editors’ Choice in Yankee Magazine’s 2010 Travel Guide to New England.

The Maine Alliance for Arts Education and the Maine Department of Education have collaborated to identify nine Maine communities where schools and a range of partnering organizations invest in the imaginative development of children and youth. The six finalist communities include Arundel, Blue Hill, Camden-Rockport, Deer Isle-Stonington, North Haven, and York. Three semi-finalist communities were also identified. Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is a partner with two of the six communities identified – Deer Isle-Stonington and Blue Hill. Funding from the Kennedy Center, the Betterment Fund, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Maine Department of Education made the search possible. The Herald Gazette carried a full press release.

The architectural model of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ campus, by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, was recently on display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The model is in the MoMA collection, Department of Architecture & Design.

Constant Contact, the industry leader in online email communications and Haystack’s eNewsletter host, has named Haystack Mountain School of Crafts a “Constant Contact Email Marketing All Star for 2009”. The award recognizes excellence in email marketing, based on good practices – communication and performance as well as maintaining clean records and delivering engaging information to readers.

Winter 2010

Bomb Magazine‘s Spring 2010 print issue and their online Bomb Shelter section includes a listing for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as part of a feature on Artists-in-Residence Programs.

Haystack Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, traveled to Australia, at the invitation of the JamFactory, a craft and design center in Adelaide, to give presentations about Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and meet with artists.

Haystack’s Assistant Director, Ellen Wieske, is one of three artists who will receive a 2010 Society for Arts & Crafts (SAC) Artist Award at an awards ceremony in September. The SAC Artist Awards recognize emerging and mid-career New England artists, who show mastery of their craft media and create original and innovative work.

Fall 2009

A one-week Community-Based Artist Residency and exhibition with Environmental Artist Bryant Holsenbeck, hosted by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, was the feature of two articles in local newspapers – the Bangor Daily News (Capping of her vision: Artist Bryant Holsenbeck works with students and community members to turn trash into mandala treasure) and Island Ad-vantages (Recycled art forms come to Deer Isle). Both stories included photographs of Holsenbeck, Deer Isle-Stonington High School students, and community volunteers creating a mandala made of plastic lids, tins, and other found objects, at the school’s Center for Community Programs. The residency took place from November 2-6.

Summer 2009

Art Jewelry Magazine included an image of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts with information about Andy Cooperman’s 7th Session workshop Zengineering (page 13).

Reader’ chose Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as one of forty favorite places to visit in their June, online article, Wish You Were Here?

An overview of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was included in the Boston Magazine‘s annual Travel Guide.

Spring 2009

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was recognized for contributions to the field of craft in Maine by the Maine Crafts Association, on May 16. During their annual spring retreat weekend and celebration dinner at Haystack’s campus, the Maine Crafts Association held an awards ceremony at which Maine’s first awards in craft were presented. Haystack received the first institutional award in the category of ‘individuals, businesses, and institutions whose contributions to Craft in Maine deserve acknowledgement’. In addition, the first Master Craft Artist Awards were also presented to five Maine artists, which included Haystack Trustee Lissa Hunter.

A May 12 Bangor Daily News article, One thing led to another…, featured Chain Reaction 2009, the presentation of a chain reaction process, which was created during a week-long Community-Based Artist Residency, hosted by Haystack. Visiting artist Arthur Ganson, a kinetic sculptor, along with students from the Deer Isle-Stonington High School and community volunteers, created the chain reaction during the residency. The story is accompanied by a video of the event, which was presented in the courtyard of the high school on May 8.

A May 15 article in Island Ad-vantages, the local Island newspaper, ran the article Causing chain-reactions: Artist helps build kinetic sculpture at DISHS, which also covered the chain reaction event.

Haystack’s Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, was the keynote speaker at the May 10 commencement for Maine College of Art graduates. In a May 11 Portland Press Herald article, ‘Visionaries’ move on, a few notable pieces of advice, from a list of 23 compiled and offered to the graduates by Stu, are presented, along with other news and details from the graduation ceremony. The article’s byline reads: “A poet tells Maine College of Art graduates to tell stories, stick to deadlines and listen to silence.”

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was spotlighted in a May 1 TravelMuse (Magazine) online feature, Getting Crafty While on Vacation.

FiberARTS’ April/May 2009 issue included the article, Residencies & Retreats, in which Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was a featured organization (page 44).

The April 13, 2009 edition of The Ellsworth American included an article, Young, Gifted Artists Benefit from Haystack Mentors, about Haystack’s Student Mentor Program and the Student Mentor Program Exhibition, which was on view at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs April 3 – May 1.

The Writer’s Almanac for April 5, 2009, included April Prayer by Stuart Kestenbaum, from Prayers & Run-on Sentences. © Deerbrook Editions, 2007. Reprinted with permission.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was mentioned in the article, Camp for Weavers, in the March/April 2009 issue of Handwoven Magazine.

Winter 2009

Edge, the new magazine of the University of the Arts, has included, in its first issue, an article about The William Daley Crafts & Haystack Award, established by former UARTS faculty member and Haystack Life Trustee, William Daley. Photographs of Daley, with Haystack Director, Stuart Kestenbaum, and the Haystack campus, accompany the article.

Fall 2008

Jessica Tomlinson’s October 23, 2008 blog, Portland Perspective, posted on, includes a mention about her weekend spent at Haystack Mountain School of Craft’s annual fall intensive program for Maine residents, Open Door.

Maine Arts Magazine published a photo from Haystack’s Studio Based Learning program on the cover of their winter issue and featured an article on page 6.

The November issue of Down East featured photos from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in the Arts & Crafts section articles Get Handy and Perfecting Your Craft.

Summer 2008 posted an article, A Conversation about Haystack with Janet Koplos, in which Janet, a faculty member for the 2008 Summer Conference, was interviewed by Marci Rae McDade, editor of Fiberarts Magazine and a conference participant.

In a July 30 online ArtsJournal feature, ListenGood: Focus on New Orleans Jazz and other sounds, a weblog entitled, lobstercrackers social aid & pleasure club, Haystack earned a mention as the blogger sang the praises of the 8th annual Deer Isle Jazz Festival, which included Haystack visiting artist, New Orleans saxophonist and Big Chief, Donald Harrison.

Bangor Daily News ran a news article, Exhibit traces Haystack’s impact: Deer Isle summer show features 24 artists with ties to the school, about Haystack: Creative Process, held at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs June – September 2008.

Spring 2008

The James Renwick Alliance awarded Haystack Mountain School of Craft’s director, Stuart Kestenbaum, with its Distinguished Educator Award at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C. in April. The award, which is presented biennially, recognizes the achievements of outstanding educators in the field of craft education. Kestenbaum, Director of Haystack since 1988, is the first non-academic teacher to be honored.

American Craft magazine’s April/May 2008 issue featured the article/interview, Jack Lenor Larson/Pierre Paulin REDUX. Jack Lenor Larsen is Honorary Chairman of Haystack’s Board of Trustees.

Maine Arts Magazine, the official publication of the Maine Arts Commission, mentioned Haystack’s receipt of a Cultural Facilities Accessibility Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and included a photo of the Haystack campus.

Winter 2008

Surface Design Journal ran Lissa Hunter: Finding Her Truth, written by Stuart Kestenbaum. Lissa, a Haystack trustee, is a studio artist who works with fibers and sculpts coiled basket forms.

January 2008

Ornament: The Art and Craft of Personal Adornment magazine included an article about the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, with an emphasis on metals and fibers.

December 2007

Bangor Daily News ran a news article about Haystack’s Center for Community Programs and the Beaded Blessings exhibition, which ran from November 14 to December 16, 2007.

Bangor Metro included a piece entitled, Jammin’ Duo, about artist-couple Stuart Kestenbaum, Haystack’s Director, and Susan Webster, Haystack’s Community Programs Coordinator.

November 2007

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine presented A Gathering of Contemporary Glass – Artists from Haystack and Pilchuck. The exhibition was open November 2007 through February 2008.

October 2007

Maine Home + Design magazine featured a a profile of Haystack Director, Stuart Kestenbaum called, The Poetry in Paperwork.