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 craftmakers and visual artists – from Maine, the US, and beyond –  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 18 years or older and 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.

Applicants will be notified, via email, as to the status of their application in mid-September.




Download Haystack’s 2019 Open Door

Open Door brochures were mailed the week of July 22-26, 2019.



2019 Open Door Faculty and Workshop Titles



Suzanne Pugh


Vessel-centric Forming




Chandra DeBuse


Sketch & Stretch




Ani Hoover


Casting Shade




Meghan Brady






Nash Quinn 


Cut-and-Fold Enameling Vessels




Brian Newton


Before They Were Flat




Susan Conley


Stories and Risk: A Cross-Genre Workshop in
Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction



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