Art has become a way of life for many in Deer Isle, creating a thriving art scene. Many artists get their inspiration from our rocky coast, fresh air, and beautiful wildlife. If you interested in experiencing local art and culture during your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn, get involved by participating in an art class or workshop to develop your skills at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. This international craft school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media for every level. If you’re planning a trip to Deer Isle, take advantage of our complimentary Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll find some of the best suggestions for art galleries to visit and events to attend!
Studio Tours for Visitors of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
If you’re not looking to participate in a class but would still like to visit Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, they offer seasonal tours! Whether you are looking to visit someone attending or just want to see the award-winning architecture, you can come to the school every Wednesday at 1 PM for a tour during June through August. During these tours, you will get a chance to see the art created by Haystack participants and explore the beautiful campus that overlooks Jericho Bay. You’ll love venturing through the quiet, wooded 40 acres of the campus. It was even added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006!
Participate in a Class
Many know the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for its summer series of programs and lectures. From the beginning of June through the beginning of September, the craft school offers a variety of summer programs for artistic exploration. Six different summer sessions offer classes in different media. Classes include ceramic arts, metal, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking, and more.
Attend a Conference
Every year, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts holds summer conferences, which offer ideas on the creative process from experts in particular fields. Evening programs are quite popular as well and feature the work and knowledge of faculty and visiting artists. There are summer auctions at the end of each session for those wanting to purchase unique local art. If you would like to explore one of these fine crafts, then this school is the place for you!
Purchase Local Art at an Auction
The school hosts a few auctions each year! The End of Session Auctions occurs at the end of each summer. For this affair, the faculty donates some of their works for the public to purchase. This auction is free and open to the public. Additionally, the proceeds go towards Haystack’s scholarship fund and studio improvements. Also, the School hosts a Summer Gala & Private Auction which is their biggest fundraiser of the year. The event allows Haystack to give over 125 students from around the world full scholarships and fellowships to attend workshops. It’s a great opportunity for sponsors, donors, staff, trustees, students, and patrons of the arts to meet and mingle!
More Artistic Attractions in Downeast
Deer Isle and Downeast, ME, love the arts! Aficionados from around the world fall in love with the local art scene in our region. Other events and galleries include:
- Visit the best Downeast, Maine, Art Galleries
- Attend a Deer Isle Artists Association Exhibition
- Peruse works at the Turtle Gallery
- Experience the Castine Plein Air Festival
Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn
Deer Isle and Downeast, ME are hubs for artisans and craftsman. Inspired by the unparalleled beauty of nature in this region, many are drawn to art as a form of expression. In addition to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, you’ll encounter endless waves of artistic inspiration. Even at our Inn, guests fuel their creative passions with outstanding views of our garden, mill pond, and surrounding flora and fauna. Room Five’s charming decor, wall art, and panoramic views from the windows make for a dreamy coastal Maine getaway. What are you waiting for?