Upcoming events

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

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.

Past Events

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.
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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.