Upcoming events

Cyanotype Workshop with Brian Smith

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 12 – 1:30 PM  (Rain date: Sunday, June 23, 12 – 1:30 PM) @ Hewnoaks 

Participants will observe the beautiful landscape and gather natural elements to create captivating blue and white cyanotype prints using sunlight. Collaborate with nature to produce standalone prints of incorporate them into collages. This year, participants can also create unique designs on blank tote bags treated with cyanotype fluid, which they can take home as keepsakes. 

No experience necessary – join us to learn this skill and creatie stunning artwork that captures the essence of the natural world around you.

This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Lovell Land Trust, and will be led by artists and Hewnoaks residency manager, Brian Smith.

Register for this event through the Greater Lovell Land Trust.

Meghan Gilliss reading and conversation with Lewis Robinson

Thursday, June 20, 6:30-7:30 PM @ Hewnoaks 

Two of Maine’s most heralded writers, both Hewnoaks alumni, come together for a night of literary fireworks and conversation. Meghan Gillis will read from her crtitically acclaimed debut novel, Lungfish, and share insights into craft in conversation with Lewis Robinson. Lungfish was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection and Longlisted for the Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize, as well a featured title for the Maine Humanities Council’s Read ME 2023 and the Maine Public Radio’s Statewide Read. 

MEGHAN GILLISS attended the Bennington Writing Seminars. She has worked as a journalist, a bookseller, a librarian, and a hospital worker, and lives in Portland, Maine. Lungfish is her first novel.

LEWIS ROBINSON is the author of the story collection Officer Friendly (Random House, winner of a Whiting Award and the Pen/Oakland Josephine Miles Award) and the novel Water Dogs (a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection). His stories and essays have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Tin House, The Baffler, The Missouri Review, Open City and elsewhere and have been featured on N.P.R.’s Selected Shorts. He has received grants from the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Open Mic Nights

Friday, June 28, 2024, 6-7 PM  & Thursday, August 29, 2024, 6-7 PM @ Hewnoaks

Sign up for a five minute performance slot or just come to listen. Read a poem or a story of yours or recite one you love. Sing a song, tell a joke or an anecdote. The floors is yours. Five minutes. All yours. 

Co-sponsored by the Chartlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. 

Past Events

Wild Light

Saturday, August 12, 2023, 3-7 PM
At Hewnoaks, 68 Hewn Oaks Rd, Lovell, ME 04105

Hewnoaks invites you to the third edition of our signature public program, Wild Light, an afternoon of art, music, and community that celebrates the vital link between the majesty of the natural environment and Maine’s artistic abundance. Featuring pop-up exhibitions, installations, interactive performances, and participatory, family-friendly arts experiences by Hewnoaks alumni and local artists, the event takes place at our beautiful lakeside campus in Lovell, Maine and is presented in collaboration with the Greater Lovell Land Trust and Lights Out Gallery.  

Wild Light draws on the state’s deep well of creative talent and the long history of artists retreating to the Kezar Lake area to produce work inspired by the lands and waters of greater Lovell. 

Participating artists include:

Samaa Abdurraqib*, Haley Nannig*, Jessica Gandolf*, Brendan Shea*, Tracey Cockrell*, Holden Willard*, Mattie Rose Templeton, Don Best, Judy Schneider, Kenny Shapiro*, Tessa Greene O’Brien*, Michel Droge*, Jimmy Viera*, Hillary Irons*, Jenny Ibsen*, Keil Borrman, Henry Austin*, Will Sears*, Portals of Portl&*, Max Garcia Conover*…and more!

“Elevated” hotdogs, courtesy of Doghaus food truck, will be on sale, and complimentary light refreshments, including beer, will be available.  

(*Indicates alumni of the Hewnoaks residency program.)

Thanks to Onion Foundation, the Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Foundation and Norway Savings Bank for the generous support that makes this event possible!

Bring your camp chairs and picnic blankets as the event will culminate in a lawn concert.

Open Mic Night

Thursday, July 27, 2023, 6-7 PM
At Hewnoaks, 68 Hewn Oaks Rd, Lovell, ME 04105

Wild Light

Saturday, August 13, 2022, 3-7 PM
At Hewnoaks, 68 Hewn Oaks Rd, Lovell, ME 04105

Hewnoaks invites you to Wild Light 2022, an afternoon of art, music, and community that celebrates the vital link between the majesty of the natural environment and Maine’s artistic abundance. Featuring pop-up exhibitions, installations, interactive performances, and participatory, family-friendly arts experiences by Hewnoaks alumni, the event takes place at our beautiful lakeside campus in Lovell, Maine and is presented in collaboration with the Greater Lovell Land Trust.

Hewnoaks History Night

Thursday, July 14, 2022, 7-8 PM
At the Lovell Historical Society, 551 Main St, Lovell, ME 04105

Hewnoaks hosts a dynamic array of artists in all media for short-term residencies every summer, building on a long tradition of hospitality. The property was once home to the Volk family of artists and has a deep history as a creative space for painters, weavers, carvers, and textile designers going back a century. Join Hewnoaks Board co-chair and Smithsonian curator Dr. Diana Jocelyn Greenwold as she explores the history and context of this arts-and-crafts-era space and its continued legacy. 

Meet the Residencies

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6-7:30 PM
At The Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Representatives from Maine artist residencies will offer an overview of their various programs which have or will have application processes open to Maine artists for 2020. Meet the Residencies will be held at Maine College of Art on Tuesday, December 10 at 6pm, followed by a short reception and chances for attendees to talk individually with the residency program representatives.Presenters include the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, the Joseph A. Fiore Art CenterHaystack Mountain School of CraftsHewnoaks Artist ColonyMaine College of Art ResidenciesMonhegan Artist Residency, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

Administrators and representatives will discuss the specifics of their residency program, which artists are a good fit, how to apply, and what makes for a successful application. Admission is free.

You can register (and receive materials via email) by filling out this form: http://bit.ly/33NPxO0

Please view and share our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1360182324142275/

The roundup of programs with basic info and deadlines can be viewed here.

Wild Light

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 3-7 PM
At Hewnoaks, 68 Hewnoaks Rd., Lovell, ME

The Hewnoaks Artist Colony and the Greater Lovell Land Trust will host special a one-day exhibition and gathering. The 2019 Wild Light Art Exhibition will showcase new and original artwork that celebrates the lands and waters in the Greater Lovell area, with work by local artists and Hewnoaks alumni.

We invite you to come enjoy the artwork, look around at the historic Hewnoaks property, and join us for some food and drinks. We’d love to tell you about the work that the Greater Lovell Land Trust is doing in the area, and about the support that Hewnoaks gives to artists through the residency program.

Participating artists include: Amy Amoroso*, Tad Beck*, Sandra J Bell, Jonathan Crowe, Casey Dienal*, Roy Germon*, Meg Hahn*, Michelle Hauser*, Lisa Hirsh, Hilary Irons*, Ingrid Johnson, Baxter Koziol*, Samantha Martin, Pamela Moulton*, Tessa Mueller, Tessa Greene O’Brien*, Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell*, Christopher Patch*, Thalassa Raasch*, Julie Poitras Santos*, Anne Stuer, Melanie Tornberg, Dan Warren, Ann S.Williams
(* indicates alumni of the Hewnoaks Residency program)

We are thankful to the Onion Foundation, The Maine Community Foundation, and Norway Savings Bank for their support of this event.

Connecting to the Landscape Poetry Reading

As part of the Charlotte Hobbes Memorial Library wellness series, we’ll listen to the inspiring poems written by participants of the Hewnoaks Poetry Workshop. Even if you couldn’t attend the workshop, you are welcome to join us and listen, or share a poem of your own. Light refreshments will be served.

July 30, 7:00 pm
Location: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Route 5, Lovell

Lawn concert with Kafari

Kafari

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 4 PM
At Hewnoaks, 68 Hewnoaks Rd., Lovell, ME
(if it’s rainy, we’ll move things inside)

Support generously provided by the Onion Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation.

‘Kafari’ (he/him/his, Hewnoaks 2018+2019) is the alias of Portland, Maine based classical pianist, old-time percussionist, ambient beatmaker, sound healer, and teaching artist Ahmad Muhammad. Kafari creates an ethereal wall of sound with an electric piano, sp404 beat sampler, and two pairs of rhythm bones – an Irish percussion instrument popularized in America through blackface minstrelsy which he frequently teaches his audiences how to play.

Kafari’s work as a community artist in Portland extends from Preble Street Teen Center where he has been a weekly piano teacher for nearly three and a half years, to the Center for Grieving Children, where he and banjoist Jake Hoffman recently finished a series of workshops in which elementary students learned the bones, the banjo, investigated these instruments’ histories and talked about culture, cultural exchange and cultural appropriation, to the Portland Public Library teen library, where Kafari hosts a weekly afterschool beatmaking program called ‘Drop the Beat’. Kafari’s most recent release ‘Beholding’ consists of 14 serene piano meditations which the pianist described as a “self-care tool for coping with the bitter Maine winter.” His 2016 release ‘Knockturnes’ is a dream-like, hypnotic tribute to the Bill Evans trio, each song an experimental re-sampling of a different loop taken from the legendary jazz group.

In Spring 2019, Kafari made his film scoring debut in ‘Mack Wrestles,’ a short documentary which follows Mack Beggs, a young transgender athlete and activist from Texas. The documentary, which premiered at SXSW and Tribeca film festival, features an original electronic score from Kafari and will be available this October on ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series.

Listen to Kafari here:
kafarimusic.bandcamp.com/album/beholding

Fall Harvest Pizza Party and tour

Flyaway farm pizza oven (photo courtesy Flyaway Farm)

Saturday, October 6, 3-7 PM
At Hewnoaks, 68 Hewnoaks Rd., Lovell, ME

Come celebrate the end of our season on Saturday, October 6 for dinner at the historic Hewnoaks property, site of the Hewnoaks summer artists’ colony, located in Center Lovell on Kezar Lake. Join us for a delicious wood-fired pizza dinner on the lawn, featuring music and entertainment by alumni artists. Tour the cabins where our artists live and work, take a swim, and tromp through the changing foliage in our woods to see the tallest American chestnut tree on the continent.

Genevieve Beaudoin at the Brick Church
for the Performing Arts

Genevieve Beaudoin
Genevieve Beaudoin

Thursday, August 30, 7 PM
502 Christian Hill Road, Lovell, Maine

Genevieve Beaudoin was a resident at Hewnoaks in 2017, and she worked on writing songs and singing and playing guitar. Some of that work will be shared in this show, our first co-presentation with the Brick Church.

Admission: $10 adult, $5 children 15 and under.
Tickets are available at the door. Refreshments will be available at intermission.
https://deadgowns.com/

Open House

Friday, July 30, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
At Hewnoaks, 68 Hewnoaks Rd., Lovell, ME

Are you curious about the Hewnoaks residency program? Please come and meet our Board and staff and learn about how we’re supporting artists across disciplines. Refreshments will be served, and families welcome.
To see this event on Facebook, click here.

Connecting to the Landscape Poetry Reading

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm
Charlotte Hobbs Library, Lovell

Enjoy the inspiring poems written by participants of the Hewnoaks Poetry Workshop. Even if you couldn’t attend the workshop, you are welcome to join us and listen, or share a poem of your own. Light refreshments will be served.

Closing Reception: Alumni Exhibition at Gallery 49

Sunday, January 28, 4 PM – 6 PM
Oxbow Blending and Bottling, Portland ME

featuring work by: Kimberly Convery, Patrick Corrigan, Jenny McGee Dougherty, Caitlin Duennebier, Meg Hahn, Baxter Koziol, Kim Largey, Justin Levesque, Liz McGhee, Tessa O’Brien, Chris Patch, Sarah Perea-Kane, Jenny Scheu, Anne Scheer, Maia Snow, John Sundling, and Meg Willing. Curated by Hewnoaks alumnus Will Sears.

Meet the Residencies – info session for artists

January 23, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7pm
Maine College of Art, Portland ME

Representatives from Maine artist residencies will offer an overview of their various programs. Presenters include the Hewnoaks Artist ColonyMaine College of Art Residencies, Haystack Mountain School of CraftsMonhegan Artists’ Residency, Celebration Barn Theater, Watershed Center for the Ceramic ArtsThe KISMET Foundation, and Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. Administrators will discuss the specifics of their residency, who is a good fit, and what makes for a successful application. Admission is free.

Opening Reception: Alumni Exhibition at Gallery 49

Thursday, January 11, 5 PM – 8 PM
Oxbow Blending and Bottling, Portland ME

featuring work by: Kimberly Convery, Patrick Corrigan, Jenny McGee Dougherty, Caitlin Duennebier, Meg Hahn, Baxter Koziol, Kim Largey, Justin Levesque, Liz McGhee, Tessa O’Brien, Chris Patch, Sarah Perea-Kane, Jenny Scheu, Anne Scheer, Maia Snow, John Sundling, and Meg Willing. Curated by Hewnoaks alumnus Will Sears.

2017 Hewnoaks Showcase in Congress Square Park

Thursday, September 28, 6-8pm
Congress Square Park, Portland ME 04101

Join us for our second annual Hewnoaks Showcase, featuring artists who have participated in our residency program:

Amy Amoroso, writing
Genevieve Beaudoin, music
Bess Weldon, theater (with actors Jackie Oliveri and Kate O’Neill)
Jerusha Robinson, music

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1 PM – 3 PM

Hewnoaks: Past, Present, and Future

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7 PM
Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell ME

Adventure through time starting with a presentation about Lovell’s Volk family and their role in early 20th century American Art. Presented by Johanna Moore.

The second part of this program will take place at Hewnoaks, Route 5, Lovell on Thursday, August 6, 10-noon. Join us there to share your stories and experiences from Hewnoaks when Jessie Volk rented out the cottages.