We (Steven and Astrig) are musicians and artists...taught creativity by our parents who were also musicians and artists.  In the decades that we've lived in Searsport, we've had the pleasure of surrounding ourselves with other talented people who are passionate and dedicated to intentional living.  Our campground world is a better place because of the friends that we share it with and we hope that you'll join in!

In addition to this weekly program of artists.  We also host the Sea Strings Orchestra on Monday afternoons in the garden and hope that you'll bring a cocktail or a picnic and enjoy the music AND on Wednesday evenings there's a mentored, community jam on the bandstand for anyone who would like to play on stage or sing along from the audience.  Ask for a songbook when you get here and if you'd like to lead a session or a song, just talk with Steve and he'll make it happen.

Weaving on the porch
Weaving on the porch

The 2023 Schedule (as best as we can predict, email [email protected] to confirm)

Searsport Shores Ocean Campground and Art Space is partnering with the Makers Guild of Maine (producer of Fiber College) to bring the handcrafts, food and music to everyone.  Because we share the belief that making memories involves all of our senses, we encourage anyone with the necessary attention span to join in the activities.  As you read through the schedule, note that each program runs Monday through Saturday. Many of the programs will be free or low cost without the need to plan ahead, others will be a combination of free drop in classes at the beginning of the week and a paid retreat at the end of the week (a Fiber College Summer Shorts retreat).

Welcome to Searsport Shores

June 4-10, 2023

Artist in residence TBA

Monday...Fiddling in the Garden

Wednesday...On Stage Jam & Botanical Printing Exploration

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June 14-17, 2023

Knitwit at the Shores

A fantastic knitting retreat created by the Knitwit Yarn Shop featuring classes by outstanding knitting teachers: @casapinka, @squidneyknits, @owlcatdesigns and @lauranelkin

This is a Knitwit retreat with loving endorsement from all of us at Searsport Shores!  All non-camping inquiries should be directed here.

June 18-24, 2023

Samantha Verrone of Regenerative Design

Sam says: "I'll be experimenting with the plants on hand with rusty objects and happy to talk to folks about regenerative design - how rust is the quintessential regenerative dyestuff that gives and gives and gives and that over-dyeing and mending garments and home textiles breathe new life into beloved objects and helps us to reframe consumption in a manner that demonstrates actual care of the planet."

Join Samantha on a journey of creating marks with rust and plants and pigments with Spring botanicals. Samantha will conduct a free to campers session Monday-Thursday and on Friday-Saturday will offer a Summer Shorts ($) for those who are serious about learning how to print with plants on silk, cotton and linen. Details to follow, registration will open on February 14th, 2023

June 25-July 1, 2023

Paula Cochrane the Unassigned Artist

Using the simplest of tools -scissors, paper, and glue, Paula's classes will take you back to the art form that was likely your first and return you to taking bits of paper to produce an amazing work of art. This art form is accessible to all ages and ability levels. By sharing this passion, you will bring home a self-made souvenir of your vacation into nature and creativity, and a new art hobby to explore and expand on when you get home. Most of all, we hope you will simply have fun!

July 2-8, 2023

Emma Morin, needle work artist extra-ordinaire!

Want help completing a project that you got stuck on long ago? Are you an absolute beginner or looking to refine your stitches?  Emma will be conducting workshops that meet you exactly where you're at and you'll go home with a project to be proud of; whether you'd like to make a patch for your jeans, an ornament for your tree or a tiny doll that reminds of you of your vacation in Searsport.

July 9-15, 2023

Mary DeLano Botanical Printing

Mary writes "I am blessed to have reached a stage in my life where I can focus my time and energy on my passion for fiber art.  I love combining color, texture and patterns to create interesting new designs.  Whether I am recycling old wool into new rugs, playing with dye and eco prints on new scarves and old linen, or adding texture to a piece with embroidered embellishments, I am delighted to combine color, texture and pattern to express my creativity and joy."

Mary will conduct a free to campers session Monday-Wednesday and on Thursday-Sunday will offer a Summer Shorts ($) for those who are serious about learning how to print with plants on silk, cotton and linen. Details to follow, registration will open on February 14th, 2023.

July 16-22, 2023

Mary Laury & Chris Toy

Acadian Arts Watercolor Retreat at the Shores with Mary Laury

This is a big and wonderful week at the campground.  We have two artists in residents who will be working as a team this week.  You can choose to spend time with Mary and develop your watercoloring skills or Chris and develop your cooking repertoire.  Monday through Wednesday Mary or Chris will offer free to campers sessions and in this special "Summer Short" you'll be gathering for meals together Thursday-Sunday. Registration and details for this exciting retreat is through Maine Adult Education.

Mary Laury is an artist based in coastal Maine specializing in watercolors. The dynamic nature and botanical subjects of Maine are Mary’s passions. You can see her paintings exhibited at various galleries along the coast of her home state. An experienced teacher, she has taught painting, drawing and dancing both in the classroom and in the field, for many educational programs.

Asian Fusion Cooking Retreat at the Shores with Chris Toy

Author of 6 popular cookbooks, Chris Toy cooks and teaches privately at local kitchen stores, and for several community education programs around Maine. Chris’s popular hands-on classes are built around his teaching skills and his deep appreciation for fresh, simply prepared food. Chris’ cooking incorporates straightforward methods, fresh ingredients, and combinations of unique flavors, all drawing family and friends together to enjoy great food and one another’s company.

July 23-29, 2023

Sue Bleignier (@susanbleignier)

Sue says: "Stitching is how I relax. It's how I like to draw. It reduces my stress and I always end up with something pretty when I'm finished. Learn how I use stretched canvas or watercolor paper as a place to stitch. Embellish your design with shells and other beachy ephemera.
Using scrap fabric is a great way to keep it out of landfills. I use it to make stitched collage pieces. Learn how.
Finally, learn how to draw with watercolor pencils on fabric to make patches for jeans and tiny pouches that are usable and washable. You can add stitching if desired"

July 30-August 5, 2023

Dan Dolce (@DanDolce48)

The Power of Color

 

Exploring color and how it forms relationships on canvas has always fascinated me. I play with unrealistic color in my own work in oil, but for this week, we will explore color using acrylic paint. This medium lends itself to quick work as opposed to the slow drying time of oil.

We will see what color can do to a composition and how it can change feeling, mood and perspective. We will use complimentary, harmonious and unrealistic color in Landscape, Still Life and Abstract painting studies. Learners will be able to create small painting compositions suitable for a larger painting on canvas.

August 6-12, 2023

Sue Muldoon

Sue will conduct a free to campers session Monday-Thursday and on Friday will offer a Summer Shorts ($) for those who are serious about learning how to weave a backpack basket. Details to follow, registration will open on February 14th, 2023.

August 13-19, 2023

The New Zeitgeist

Back by popular demand...music and story telling! Jen & Eddie will host campfires, offer lessons in mandolin and guitar and provide a concert after the Wednesday night community jam.

The bio from their website reads: "Since meeting as singer-songwriters at a Chicago open mic In 2011, husband-and-wife duo The New Zeitgeist has been steadily building a reputation for tempting harmonies and lonesome spirituals, which have been said to “harbor the Spirits that dwell in the Hidden Hollows Of Appalachia”(Country Standard Time).  Jen Reilly’s country gospel roots and Southern swing combine with the black leather electric and pop sensibility of Eddie Bluma to produce what Steven Wine Of Associated Press Calls"Music that connects Dublin And Austin...like nothing else being heard in roadhouses or pubs." They currently live in the Hudson Valley in Upstate NY

August 20-26, 2023

Santa Steve

Santa needs a vacation before the holiday season begins...but he shares his sparkle with us here at the campground.  Join Santa to learn chainmail, nautical knots and macrame...and if we ask nicely we think that he may even tell a campfire story or two!

August 27- September 2, 2023

Deb Dutton

Delights in Color...with inks and paints and so much more!

September 2 & 3, 2023

Summer Shorts Grand Finalie!

Single Day Fiber College Workshops

Saturday for Teens

Sunday for Everyone

September 8-11, 2023

Fiber College Touchstone Retreats

September 16-18, 2023

Strung Together Oldtime Music Campout &

Native American Basket Making Class

September 24-30, 2023

Samantha Verrone of Regenerative Design

Sam says: "I'll be experimenting with the plants on hand with rusty objects and happy to talk to folks about regenerative design - how rust is the quintessential regenerative dyestuff that gives and gives and gives and that over-dyeing and mending garments and home textiles breathe new life into beloved objects and helps us to reframe consumption in a manner that demonstrates actual care of the planet."

Join Samantha on a journey of creating marks with rust and plants and pigments with tannin rich autumn botanicals. Samantha will conduct a free to campers session Monday-Thursday and on Friday-Saturday will offer a Summer Shorts ($) for those who are serious about learning how to print with plants on silk, cotton and linen. Details to follow, registration will open on February 14th, 2023