2019 Exhibition News will be updated in Spring 2019


In Summer 2018 Haystack mounted two exhibitions
at the school’s Center for Community Programs
Deer Isle village

In Residence: Selections from Haystack’s Open Studio Residency

July 20 – September 1

Haystack’s second exhibition of the summer season featured the work of six artists, working in a variety of disciplines, who have taken part in Haystacks’ Open Studio Residency. Emmy Bright, Crystal Gregory, Mandy Messina, Elaine Ng, Hope Rovelto, and Raivo Vihman all participated in last year’s residency and this exhibition included work that was either made during, or inspired by, their time at Haystack.

The Open Studio Residency fosters a dynamic exchange among peers by providing two weeks of uninterrupted studio time for emerging and established artists working in the field of craft and other creative disciplines. The program extends our commitment to supporting artists and encouraging the development of new ideas.

The Open Studio Residency began in 2013 and is generously supported by Haystack’s Windgate Foundation Endowment for Programs.

Exhibiting Artists

Emmy Bright

Crystal Gregory

Mandy Messina

Elaine Ng

Hope Rovelto

Raivo Vihman

Artist | Veteran
May 25 – July 6

Haystack’s first exhibition of the season featured the work of six artists who are also military veterans. Kevin Basl, Alicia Dietz, David Keefe, Jessica Putnam Phillips, Ehren Tool, and Eli Wright use this shared experience as subject matter through media ranging from painting and drawing to printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and writing.  

This exhibition was presented in conjunction with Haystack | Frontline Arts Veteran Artists in Craft Week (May 21-25, 2018). Over the past four years, Haystack and Frontline Arts have actively developed a program for military veterans based on the “combat paper” model of taking discontinued military uniforms and transforming them into handmade paper. Our goal with these workshops has been to highlight the veteran artist movement and provide opportunities for veterans to learn from one another in a supportive community of makers. This year we expanded the program to include workshops in ceramics, papermaking, and writing, taught by artists who are both veterans and leaders in their respective fields.  

The exhibition, Artist | Veteran, was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Kevin Basl


 Alicia Dietz


David Keefe


Jessica Putnam Phillips


Ehren Tool


Eli Wright

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 one Sunday afternoon for each exhibition. 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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