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Our History

In 2012, local artist Liz Cutler and her studio mate Katie Churchill embarked on a creative journey that would transform their studio into a hub of artistic expression. With the inclusion of figure drawing classes and collaborative efforts with talented artists like Rob Pollen, Phil Frey, Colin Page, and Mary Ternus, the seeds of ArtWaves MDI were sown. This artistic endeavor blossomed further when a partnership with the YWCA introduced stained glass mosaic and printmaking to their repertoire.  ArtWaves moved to Main Street in 2014 which included a small gallery.  As the offerings expanded and artistic connections deepened, it became evident that Mount Desert Island was yearning for a Community Arts Center. It was clear in 2017 when Kippy Stroud's Town Hill art campus with 3 studios and a dance studio became available, ArtWaves found a home.

ArtWaves continues to inspire the community through classes and workshops held at ArtWaves and around the MDI area.

Picture (Above ) Katie Churchill and Liz (left) Rob directs students  (right): Liz  and Jeff Miller at the "old" ArtWaves on Main Street.



So many have contributed to what is on these pages; the high school students who helped renovate, Frank Anderson who keeps our lawn mowed and parking lots plowed, the volunteers

Our Vision is connecting our community with the power of art.

Our Mission is to provide residents and visitors of Mount Desert Island, and the surrounding area, with accessible, affordable, and dynamic art and movement experiences.

Krystal Masters

Interim Assistant Program Coordinator

Krystal is an experienced administrator, who has worked for years at her own businesses. As an artist herself, she loves being surrounded by art and engaging other artists. Krystal is up from Fort Lauderdale and regularly returns there for her cats and a bit of warmth.


Board of Directors

President: Stefanie Joy Muscat

Vice President: Liz Cutler

Secretary: Donna Domiano

Treasurer: David Lamon

At Large: Lisa Murray

At Large: Carrie Jones

Your tax-deductible donations help support ArtWaves, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to make art accessible to the Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities.
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