Open-Air Arts Initiative to Host

Young Artists Workshops in 2019

The Open-Air Arts Initiative (OAAI), a collaboration of Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT), Cynthia Winings Gallery of Blue Hill, and SEED Barn of Blue Hill will host a series of Young Artists Workshops in 2019.

June 29 10-11:30am Talalay Nature Sanctuary in Surry.

Join Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Cynthia Winings Gallery, and the Seed Barn for a Young Artists Workshop at Talalay Nature Sanctuary. We will hike and explore, looking for paths that wildlife use to think about mapping from a different perspective as well as landmarks important to humans. We will sit in the sun or in shade under a tree and spread out art supplies to make maps of where we went and what we observed. Maybe there will be some natural plant dyes to try out as well! Each person will have the opportunity to make their own map and can get creative with interpretation and medium. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorites along too! For more information, please contact Blue Hill Heritage Trust at 374-5118 or


Saturday, July 13, 10 – 11:30 Patten Stream in Surry

Local educators and poetry experts Kat Hudson & Tarsha Astbury will join Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Open Air Arts Iniative again to lead a hike and workshop along the streamside trail. Participants will compose their own poems and create water color paintings en plein air to be displayed along the trail. For more info, directions, please contact the BHHT office: 207-374-5118 or

**Teachers wishing to set up a field trip for the Open-Air Arts Initiative, may do so by contacting Landere at Blue Hill Heritage Trust.


Sunday, August 18, 1 – 2:30 Cynthia Winings Gallery, Blue Hill

Helene Farrar: Take A Walk With A Line!

Pens pencils and ink are great tools for making marks on paper. Come SEE the sculpture garden of the Cynthia Winings Gallery, DRAW on-site, and EXPLORE all of the different ways we can use LINE! Let’s Take a Walk with the Line! This Workshop is for ages 7 and Up! This workshop will wrap up with an art show and a ‘tea party’ in the garden!

The Sculpture Garden at the Cynthia Winings Gallery, 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill


Broadening perceptions of HOME to include outdoor spaces helps cultivate an understanding of the interrelationships between humans and wildlife. As for humans, good homes for wildlife include plenty of food, safe access to water and shelter, and enough space to raise the next generation. In this outdoor workshop, participants will be invited to create an on-site, mandala inspired sculpture woven through the meadow landscape that will provide winter habitat for seed dispersers.

In the process, we will learn how to work with natural materials in our own gardens to augment habitat for wildlife through winter months.

This is the final installment of the 2019 Open Air Arts Initiative Field Works, a collaboration between the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Cynthia Winings Gallery & the SEED Barn. The culmination exhibition will take place at Parker Ridge the weekend of September 27-29.


The mission of the OAAI is to inspire creativity in the young people who live on the Blue Hill Peninsula by encouraging them to get outside and explore nature.

Bring your favorite art supplies and join us for a morning of exploration and creative expression on these gorgeous conserved lands! Participants are invited to submit their creations to the OAAI art show.  Selected works will be showcased in printed materials such as the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Area Guide and BHHT publications. OAAI is designed to foster creativity and help young people feel more connected to the place they call home. For more info on how to submit a creation, click here.

These workshops are free and open to all school aged youth. For more information and to register for the event, please contact Landere Naisbitt at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust 374-5118 or email

to foster creativity and help young people feel more connected to the place they call home.

This workshop is free and open to all school aged youth on the peninsula. For more information and to register for the event, please contact Landere at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust 374-5118 or email