Thank you to area First Responders and Medical Personnel!

In January, ArtWaves is thanking area first responders and hospital personnel who have worked tirelessly through summers of millions of visitors and almost two years of a global pandemic. The first 40 area first responders and medical personnel who contact us are welcome to a substantial discount off one ArtWaves class or workshop in January. 

Please email Toni at for more information and to register.

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Matching Grant Opportunity!

January 1st update: Thank you to everyone who donated! We will have final numbers this coming week but it looks like, thanks to you, we captured an additional $12,000+ for campus upgrades, additional programming, and adequate staffing!

ArtWaves Covid-19 Safety Precautions

"As we all continue to work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we urge our community and area businesses to join us in reinforcing the core protection measures of vaccination, masking, ventilation and distancing. Together, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 over the holidays." --excerpt from 12/2/2021 PSA from MDI Hospital, emphasis added.

ArtWaves understands that COVID-19 currently poses an escalated threat to health and safety. In-person dance/movement and art/craft classes/workshops require participants to share the same indoor space for prolonged periods of time. To minimize risk to older and/or immunocompromised members of our community ArtWaves will use the following mitigation strategies with all participating in our in-person classes/workshops and community events:

        • Masking, regardless of vaccination status 
        • Distancing, to the extent possible, when in the same space as others
        • Frequent hand-washing/sanitization, especially when entering a space on the ArtWaves campus
        • Minimizing use of shared materials
        • Request that participants 5 years and older be vaccinated

ArtWaves will have KN95 masks and hand sanitizer/soap and water available for use on campus and we are exploring ways to improve ventilation when and where possible.  ArtWaves is also committed to providing a great selection of online classes/workshops for those who choose not to participate in indoor activities at this time. We will revisit this policy in the coming months however this is in effect until further notice. Thank you for understanding and for protecting the health of our community.                                  --The ArtWaves Board

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Choose one of our annual memberships with the benefits right for you! 

  • The joy and satisfaction of being part of MDI's vibrant year-round arts community

  • Discounts on in-person and virtual art classes and workshops

  • Support our amazing campus center - 3 art studios and a fabulous dance studio 

  • Practice your art - member access to Open Studio days using our equipment for printmaking, stained glass, painting, collage, felting, batik, encaustic, sculpture and more

  • Inclusion in ArtWaves curated shows throughout MDI and beyond

  • Member-only events and more!

Join us

ArtWaves @ MDI Hospital

If you're visiting the hospital in January 2022...

you will see the work of eco-artist Mariah Reading! 
Mariah is our current Artist-in-Residence for three weeks in December-January. Mariah's recycled landscapes are unique, causing the viewer to think differently about art, trash and the environment. You can read more about Mariah at or in People magazine .

Mariah will be offering one more Recycled Landscapes workshop on January 8th. Don't miss this opportunity to work with her!

Become an Artist Member at ArtWaves to display your work in our shows.

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Figure Drawing!

Join us for Figure Drawing from a live model, Thursdays,12-3 PM.  $15 per week

Members can choose to join our Figure Drawing Sustainers Group for $25 a month. 



Also in January -- Starting on January 10 there will be a Monday Night Figure Drawing Class with a live model AND instruction from Mary Ternus! 

A simple way to support ArtWaves

If you shop at Amazon, here's a link to support ArtWaves

This generates donations for ArtWaves with no cost to you! 

Interested in teaching your favorite medium?

Share your expertise with the ArtWaves community!

Email to get our our Winter Season Instructor Form. We are booking classes for all forms of art and dance in February and March now!!

Scavenger Hunt 

Stay tuned for updates on the Bar Harbor Kiosk Scavenger Hunt!

1345-A State Highway 102, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Located Behind the Town Hill Market in Town Hill

ArtWaves is YOUR 501(c)3 Community Arts Center. Your donations and membership are tax-deductible and makes our programming possible. Join us today and rate us on Trip Advisor to help others find us.

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