ArtBox art selections

Sihaya Hopkins

Artwork by Sihaya Hopkins

Blossom Studio

54 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine

Special for Art Box, my pendants are comprised of three complimenting handmade beads, stacked with a variety of gem stones, glass and pearls. Hung from colorful threads of waxed linen. Pop it over your head immediately or hang it from your favorite chain.

For Art Box summer 2016, I’ve taken my handmade glass beads and combined them with beautiful papers in the form of a fan. Folded into the machines slim boxes, your fan will emerge ready to be pulled open and hung somewhere special from its matching handmade loop. Some of my favorite spots for hanging are door knobs, windows, light pulls or the turn knob of a lamp. Anywhere with a little light will make the glass bead glisten. Stop by my Blue Hill Gallery to view larger fans, my line of jewelry, including birds, butterflies and botanicals, loose beads and much more.

Indulge in a love of nature and color.


Chris Leith

Artwork by Chris Leith

Eggemoggin Textile Studio

497 Reach Road, Sedgwick, ME 04676
Studio open August 1-13

Making cloth is our deepest history. We are wrapped in cloth at birth and again at the end of life, with numerous textile experiences that shape who we are in between. In an uncertain world, I create color stories and weave distinctive cloth that comes alive on the wearer and hopefully provides comfort.

Michele Levesque

Artwork by Michele Levesque

41 Caterpillar Hill Rd
Sargentville Maine

I work with a combination of materials including cast-offs and leftovers from both my life and the lives of others. Most recently, I have been collecting soon to be discarded books. This medium lends itself to additional storytelling, revealing memories and creating histories. The books have their own histories and stories. We as humans are nostalgic, we crave the past yet thrive in the present. We end our day and look for someone to share the days' experiences with. Time is spent reviewing diary and journal entries from long forgotten events of our lives. I choose to document my life by making tactile objects with memories and histories. Drawing on my own experiences and interests I use my work as a way of relating my stories, questions and conflicts to the world.

Buzz Masters

Artwork by Buzz Masters

45 French Camp Road, Deer Isle, Maine
Show: Lacoste Gallery
Open studio hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-5 or by appointment

During one winter, while sorting through and cleaning out piles of papers in my studio, I came across an old sketchbook. At the age of nine, I had taken a painting class taught by a friend of my parents and this was the documentation of that time. Looking through the pages I could clearly remember the joy of those classes and my first experience drawing from the live model. To ease any of my embarrassment the teacher had had the models wear bathing suits hence,all of the drawings look like beach scenes. In finding these few, unskilled drawings of seated and standing figures my interest in representing the shared human experience reawakened. This, and my love of Italian 14th century painting, has challenged me to merge both influences in new imagery. In life, what connects us is always more interesting than what separates us. In art, you can take your unique vision and find the common language. The moments of sitting on the beach can represent the stretching out of time. Watching our children grow up is the common thread to our own aging. The simple New England architecture becomes a metaphor of the changing undercurrent of relationships.

The recycling of our old ideas, pertaining to creating work, is always an exciting experience. In re-doing a youthful image with an older eye, paths taken and choices made can become more clearly defined. As a result of finding that old sketchbook, the past resurfaced becoming the present and new paintings were born.

Buzz Masters is a painter living and working in Deer Isle, Maine. Her focus of community, and how we create it, has led her to help coaching her daughter’s cross country team, taking groups of teenagers to Europe, sitting on the board of Windward Passage sailing program, and serving her island as an EMT-IA. She helped initiate and has remained a member of The Women's Grand Adventure Group since 1979.

Sarah Doremus

Artwork by Sarah Doremus

PO Box 220, Deer Isle, Maine

As a sculptor, I work with my hands and in all honesty I think with my hands too. The texture, density, consistency and malleability of a material are its language and that language is what I find rewarding in the use of mixed media. I look to the inherent qualities of a material and try to manipulate them to my end.

I like to use my work to create a sort of tongue in cheek play on the human condition. Using words, puns or expressions in combination with physical representation of form I want to poke fun at our collective angst-ridden human condition: Not to minimize or diminish its impact but rather put it into perspective and by doing so remove the perceived anxiety; basically, to render it impotent.

Most recently I have been interested in kinetic art especially kinetic jewelry. My work suggests sculpture that is ostensibly meant to be worn. Using found objects, doll parts and metal I make small scale pieces that are intended to comment on body adornment and ornamentation, both functional and otherwise. I’ve noticed that cell phones, MP3 players and personal electronic equipment have become so commonplace that they are taking on the mantle of jewelry; Jewelry that has a function and perceived necessity. My work questions this norm by functioning in a way that is both absurd and completely unnecessary.

Jennifer Lee Morrow

Artwork by Jennifer Lee Morrow

Jennifer Lee Morrow is a mixed media artist living and working in Sedgwick, Maine. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Kansas. Morrow works with paper and other materials in a vocabulary based on textile techniques. These mini-collages reference traditional argyle pattern and contain strips of decorative papers, translucent papers, sewing patterns, and brass nails. More work can be seen at her website.

Corey Paradise

Artwork by Corey Paradise

Paradise Tattoo
Water Street, Blue Hill, Maine

Corey Paradise is the owner of Paradise Tattoo, opened in 2007 in Blue Hill. Unique among tattoo studios as a one man tattoo and design space, creating custom tattoos as well as art in a variety of media. Corey is a volunteer with WERU community radio, the Blue Hill Public Library, and also a member of the Deer Ilse Artists Association. The ArtBox and tattooing both explore the role of art in the everyday, off the gallery wall and into the fabric and flesh of living. Currently tattoo culture has made its way into the popular imagination through the two horned devil of television and advertising. As shorthand for rebellion and allegiance alike, a vicarious consumption of cool and fashionably favella, the practice of tattoo is culturally as old as paint, perpetuated in myth and medicine, myriad as any art form worth its pigment. The influence of a tattoo aesthetic on Corey's work is unmistakable. Bold color and line, filigree, flowers, feathers, banners, birds, babes, skulls, snakes, and strangeness maybe most of all. Raised on comic books, VHS movies and library books in the pre digitized age, Corey's influences draw from street art like skateboarding and graffiti as well as illustration, printmaking, and painting. To see more examples of his paintings, drawings and tattoos, or to make an appointment visit

Amelia Poole

Artwork by Amelia Poole

Ecouture Textile Studio and Gallery
30 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, Maine

Eco-printed paper is created by layering prepared watercolor paper with local plants and flowers. The paper and plants are layered together, clamped, and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the paper. No external dyes, inks or paints are used in eco-printing. All color and pattern come from the plants themselves!

This process releases extraordinary secrets from local plants we see every day and often take for granted. Eco-printing allows us to look beyond the usual green of leaves and to see their shape and architecture, and explore their chemistry.

Amelia Poole is an artist raised by scientists who brings her love of fibers and textiles, botany, chemistry, and history to her teaching and textile art. She received an MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Her work can be seen in galleries on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Maine. She shows her work at Fine Craft Shows and teaches throughout New England. Amelia Poole works from her shop and studio, Ecouture Textiles, in Brooksville, Maine.

Michael Rossney

Artwork by Michael Rossney

Portraits ~ Landscapes ~ Events
41 Caterpillar Hill Road
Sargentville, Maine

For me, photography has always been a reflective medium. A way to take what I see in the world around us, and distill it down to manageable pieces that can be investigated closer. I make a photograph of a scene, and that image is a small part of what existed in reality, in my vision. That piece is held captive, and upon closer inspection all sorts of things are free to emerge from it.

This body of work I have developed for the Art Box is a further distillation of these images, taken down in scope even further by the ultimate size and shape of the piece. If a photograph is only an interpretive piece of a particular scene, than what would a 2 1/4” x 5” portion of that piece reveal?

These pieces have been further amended with the addition of various other mediums—wax, oil, wood and paste to become subtle, almost precious documents of the environment in which we exist.

Cullen Schneider

Artwork by Cullen Schneider

5 Main Street, PO Box 174, Blue Hill, Maine

Every year, on a weekend just before or after the summer solstice, artist Cullen Brooke Schneider, and her husband Corey Paradise, design and paint a new mural on the southern face of their barn. The whole process is collaborative. It takes three or four days to complete the painting with the energetic support of friends, family and community members. The results are always exciting and each mural has been strikingly different than the last. The annual event, titled Make Know Art, will celebrate it's seventh consecutive year in 2017.

Cullen loves living with these large, improvisational paintings and watching them change through the seasons. But because the barn gets painted every year, the mural is always temporary. Cullen's most recent body of work for Art Box is aimed at appreciating those fleeting images and turning snippets of them into art objects that will outlive the murals themselves.

Cullen Brooke Schneider is a Maine native who found home on the Blue Hill Peninsula almost 20 years ago. She currently owns and runs Fairwinds Florist, a superior flower shop & long standing Peninsula institution on Main Street in Blue Hill. She and her husband grow flowers & vegetables at their farm and mural site just north of town.

Margaret Baldwin

Artwork by Margaret Baldwin

Margret Baldwin received her early schooling in Hamburg, Germany and in London, England. She attended The Corcoran School of Art, George Washington University (BA in American Thought) and the Montessori Institute in Washington D.C.. She received her Degree in Art Education from the University of Maine at Orono.

After teaching Art full time for twenty years at the Blue Hill Consolidated School while raising her four sons, Margret retired in order to be able to commit her energies to exploring the visual mysteries and complexities of the sea and land: the edge at which they meet. Margret has illustrated half a dozen operas for large screen projection on stage for concert productions, here and abroad. She continues her studies of the human figure at the weekly meetings of the Blue Hill Life Drawing group, and creates Nuno ( wool felt and silk) hats for Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill.

She has recently completed illustrations for publication of an accounting of life for early settlers in Western Maine, and is currently writing and illustrating true stories from her family's history in Germany during and after World War II. She works at the Blue Hill Library where she is actively engaged in curating shows, organizing art fundraisers and an arts program for adults, while treasuring the time she can spend painting the lovely landscape that surrounds her.

Kathleen Sawyer

Artwork by Kathleen Sawyer

Sedgwick, Maine

I make hand built collage art; cut and paste of a delicate imperfect nature. think kindergarten art, but I drink grownup hot stuff while making it

My materials are the same as i used as a child. Even now, I probably should not eat my paste or run with scissors. Every scrap of paper used is lovely reclaimed from recycle bins, library book sales, and Sunday drives.

In my past life, i was the artist and owner of local wisdom cards. in 2013, i sold my company and moved to maine with my love.

My new life, it’s unfolding.

Basha Olson

Artwork by Basha Olson

Artist Statement: It's from our hearts we see; within our minds we feel, and beside our souls we sit.

I've created an installation for Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill, Maine, owned by Diane Allen to be shown during the month of April. Once my creations are weathered, and washed in the gallery's window from the whipping west winds upon the whimsical waves of whereabouts in my dreams, and thrown asunder, they will land in the art box just for you.

A sneak a peak picture

Michele Gower

Artwork by Michele Gower


I've always had a practical approach to making art. I use what I have on hand for materials. This may depend on space constraints or my inability to throw something away in case I can make it into something. I love to draw and like to reuse materials. I've combined the two by drawing and painting on leftover materials. I enjoy producing large pieces by making many small ones and bringing them together. This also allows for the work to change, which makes it more fun to create and less rigid when finished.

The images I choose are mundane, every day tasks that are personal but relatable. This could be hanging wet clothes to dry, picking carrots from the garden or having coffee in the morning with my family. I find something lovely and satisfying in recreating these simple but sweet memories from my life.

Jodi Renshaw

Artwork by Jodi Renshaw

Studio 36

75 Wing Street, Bangor, Maine

I love whimsy, photography, pop culture, and playing with toys. I combine these passions in my artwork. I have been photographing toys in realistic and theatrical endeavors since my first photography class as a high school sophmore. Usually, I create that which makes me laugh. But often, I use children's toys to express ideas about society, gender and sexuality. I find that using relatable, iconic toys to examine and challenge social constructs is a playful, non-confrontational way of making a statement. My favorite part of my work is in seeing people respond to it - with laughter, surprise and joy.

Currently, my work can be found in several fun and funky shops throughout New England. I also travel around the country to various Comic Conventions to peddle my artwork and to meet fellow geeks.

I live in the greatest neighborhood in Bangor with my amazing & snarky son, Isaac and my handsome but humble husband, Halis. We all love Star Wars, sharks, Dave Matthews and geocaching.

Axel Stohlberg

Artwork by Axel Stohlberg

Post Office Box 201
Sedgwick, Maine

When people ask me "What kind of art do you make?" I answer, "I do everything." From painting, drawing, sculpture and assemblage using all kinds of mediums, I am able to move between the lines of recognizable and abstract images, and feel the freedom to go in all kinds of directions.