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2024 Artists in Residence and Guest Artists

Claire Loon Baldwin - June 2024

Claire Loon Baldwin is an illustrator, designer, and storyteller inspired by the surreal beauty of nature. For years she worked in national parks as an environmental educator and interpretive ranger. Now she strives to inspire environmental action through art. She recently illustrated Live Free, Eat Well, a cookbook by Adam Glick, through DK Publishing. For more, check out her website:, and follow on Instagram: @claire.loon.baldwin 

Join us on June 19 for an Artist Talk with Claire and Paint Your Own Lupine on June 21!

Rainey Rodriguez | July and August 2024

Rainey is an artist from San Antonio, Texas. She has been exhibiting her work for 27 years and has been an art educator since 1999. Rainey is a recipient of the Primer Paso Fellowship. In 2008 Rainey was awarded Instructor of the Year and Most Creative Artist, both by the Southwest School of Art. In 2014 she established House Paint Art School where students of all levels learn to paint in oils and pastels. Rainey is also an instructor at UTSA Southwest.

Rainey will be teaching Painting with Pastels and Pastels with Mixed Media.

Susan Keller | July and August 2024

Susan Keller is a ceramic artist and studio potter working for 25 years. Her pieces are one-of-a-kind functional wares, hand formed with highly patterned and boldly colored surfaces. Her studio practice is in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Texas State with a BFA in ceramics. She makes pieces for in person shows, galleries, wholesale clients, and retail.

Susan is teaching Hand Building with Clay and Ceramic Tile Making and Surface Design.

Anna Low | Purple Bean Bindery

August 2024

Anna Low is a Maine-based bookbinder and book artist and the one-woman creator behind Purplebean Bindery.

Join us for Rustic Leather Sketchbooks and Gel Plate Printing into Pop-Up Accordion Cards 

Acadia Dance Festival
Dance Intensive

Acadia Dance Festival offers a rigorous, creatively engaging, week-long Summer Intensive for dancers aged 14-22.

The Summer Intensive is designed for high-school and college-aged dancers looking to expand their training, explore their artistry, and gain experience in a professional-level dance setting. Faculty are experts in the field who have carefully crafted curricula to help young dancers grow technically, artistically, and professionally.

Participants take daily classes (ballet, hip hop, contemporary) with professional dance artists from Nimbus Dance and a rotation of special topics such as injury prevention, audition skills, and improvisation. Students learn a piece of original choreography with company dancers from Nimbus Dance and perform on Friday, July 26th at the 1932 Criterion Theater as part of the Acadia Dance Festival.

Kat McClelland | August

Kat McClelland was born here in Bar Harbor, grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives in Western Massachusetts. She is a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art where she majored in ceramics but took classes in a wide range of disciplines. She is married to a fabulous woodworker and is the mother of two amazing girls. She is an art teacher for a small high school in CT and also teaches felting workshops in a variety of settings. She spends her studio time working hard to develop a body of work in felting, her medium of choice for the last eight years.

Join us for an Artist Talk with Kat and a Felted Patches workshop.

ArtWaves is seeking artists for our Artist in Residence program for Fall 2024!

Proposal Criteria and Requirements: 

  • ArtWaves seeks applications that are creative, unique, and engaging. 

  • Instructors should have a professional background as an artist or arts educator, higher education in the arts, or commensurate experience. 

  • Artwaves requires 6 hours of workshops per 1 week of residency. Workshops generally run between 1-3 sessions, each session lasting approximately 2-6 hours. 

  • We schedule Residencies Sunday through Sunday, with arrival after 2pm and departure by 10am.

  • Residencies will be scheduled in one week increments, with most residents scheduled for one or two weeks.

  • We accept applications on a rolling basis. 

To apply:

Submit the following information to

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your artist website or resume
  • Preferred date and duration of residency
  • A workshop proposal explaining the workshop or classes you would like to teach. If you would like to teach multiple classes or workshops, please include a workshop proposal for each class.

Workshop Proposal:

  • Workshop Title 
  • Target Audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, children, teen, adults, family)
  • Materials List
  • Workshop Description 
  • Supporting Images (between 2-5) images of the class process or product or related images
  • Brief Instructor bio or artist statement and photo 


The accommodations are on the Artwaves Campus in the residential farmhouse. Private room and private bath, with a shared kitchen. Please bring queen sheets and towels. Residents will have access to the Artwaves studio space during residency, wifi, parking, with a convenience market and bus stop next door.

2023 Artists in Residence and Guest Artists

Kat McClelland-April 2023

Join our Artist in Residence for April, Kat McClelland, to create a Black and White Needle Felted Portrait on April 11th and 12th!

Kat will also be teaching a two day workshop on April 14th and 15th, Felting a Pet Portrait!

Deena Ball-July 2023

Kristen Walsh-October 2023

Join our October Artist in Residence, Kristen Walsh, for a two-day Plein Air Landscape Workshop!

On October 7th and 8th, Plein Air Felt with Kristen on MDI.

Christine Medley-June 2023

Join our Artist in Residence for June, Christine Medley, for three different classes/workshops!

Relief Printmaking on June 6th

Nature Printing on June 6th and 7th

Accordian Bookmaking on June 7th

Christine Lafuente-August 2023

Join Christine Lafuente, our August Guest Artist and our Artist in Residence for two workshops!

En Plein Air with Christine Lafuente on August 14th-17th.

Second Workshop TBA

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