News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Compass, April 3, 2014
Haystack’s Mentor Exhibition to open in April

Haystack brings students into artists’ studios

Phoebe Joy Zildjian, right, from George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, works with jeweler/sculptor Sarah Doremus in her Deer Isle, Maine studio during the 2014 Mentor Exhibition held by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Photo courtesy of Haystack

Haystack is mounting its annual Mentor Exhibition with an opening reception on April 13 at the school’s Center for Community Programs from 3 to 5 p.m. The show, on display through May 3, features student and mentor work from this year’s Mentor Program.

From January to April, students in the 2014 Mentor Program worked, over several weekends, with area artist mentors in individualized and intensive workshops, according to a news release from Haystack. Of the nine workshops, seven were held in artists’ studios and two were held at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs. Twenty-six students from three area high schools—Deer Isle-Stonington, George Stevens Academy and Bucksport High School—worked with eight professional artists from the area—Mark Bell (porcelain clay/wheel-throwing), Anne-Claude Cotty (pinhole photography), Sarah Doremus (metals/found objects), Sihaya Hopkins (glass bead making), Vaino Kola (drawing), Chris Leith (weaving), Farrell Ruppert (blacksmithing), and Ellen Wieske (metals). Haystack’s Community Programs Coordinator Hannah Barrows coordinated this year’s program and exhibition.

Support for the 2014 Mentor Program comes from these funds of Haystack’s Program Endowment: the Ann and Chuck Holland Fund, the Belvedere Fund, and the Betsy Rowland Fund.