DSC_0006Haystack’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. Past exhibitions have included recycled and repaired Japanese textiles – to work by traditional artists from Northern New England – to works by artists whose creative process has been influenced by their time at, and association with, Haystack. 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.

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Haystack’s 2018 Summer Exhibitions lineup will be posted in spring 2018.

As a reference, see below to review information from this past year’s
2017 season

Summer 2017

Haystack mounted three exhibitions at the school’s Center for Community Programs in 2017.

Earth Matrix IV: Ghost Frogs (detail), 2015, by Kate Cheney Chappell. Collagraph monoprint, chine collé, and copper leaf, 22″ x 15.” Photo credit: Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest

Peregrine Press: 25 Years
May 28 – June 21

Founded in 1991, Peregrine Press is a non-profit press in Portland, Maine and one of the oldest printmaking cooperatives in New England. This exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of the press and showcases a variety of printmaking techniques and a commitment to using non-toxic processes. A video on the printmaking process and an illustrated catalog accompany the show.




In residence: Selections from Haystack’s Open Studio Residency

July 1 – 26

Wood studio, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 2016. Photo by Jenny Rebecca Nelson | Wylde Photography

This exhibition features the work of five artists, working in a variety of disciplines, who have taken part in the Haystack Open Studio Residency. Established in 2013, this program provides two weeks of uninterrupted time and space for professional working artists to explore their work in a supportive community. The residency takes place annually, and is designed to foster artistic exploration at the highest level.

Participating artists:

Jody Burr
Fabio Fernández
Doug Johnston
George Mason
Wonju Seo

Brand, 2015, by Tom Loser. Scorched paper, 11.75 x 16" each panel.

Brand, 2015, by Tom Loeser. Scorched paper, 11.75 x 16″ each panel.

Tom Loeser: Sun and Sizzle
August 5 – September 2

Tom Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects that are often carved and painted and always based on the history of design and object making. This exhibition features recent works on paper that explore his diverse practice as a furniture maker — cyanotypes as well as burned images, both of which translate three dimensional objects into two dimensional imagery through the use of sunlight and extreme heat.


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