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.

2018 Open Door
workshops and instructors will be announced/posted in June

For an indication of the types of workshops offered, below is a listing of 2017 instructors and workshops:



Aaron Beck


Explorations in Forging




Holly Walker

Invention, Investigation, and Play




Tanya Crane


Enamel Mosaics




Dietlind Vander Schaaf


Encaustic: Painting With Wax




Christine Mauersberger

Mindful Stitching




Jenna Goldberg


Band Saw Boxes




Annie Finch


The Healing Spiral of Words



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