ArtWaves
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Here's the place to engage the Arts! Four studios on a 1.8 acre campus centrally located on Mount Desert Island. Make & Take Workshops, Design your custom workshop in Painting, Dance, Batik, Geological Felting, Stained Glass Mosaic, Nature journaling, Encaustic, Yoga, Botanical Printing and more. We offer Drop in Figure Drawing, Print n Sips as well as Fine Art shows, DIY souvenirs, or Art Parties! We supply it all from Aprons to Zinc White. A variety of programs for all ages. Located alongside Acadia National Park , non profit located in the next to Town Hill Market, free parking and WiFi, kid friendly. Please register on line artwavesmdi.org
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Kelly Mirado C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Pumpkin carving and fireside storytime were wonderful for kids and parents! Roasting marshmallows around the campfire while three witches told a wild story that included singing and puppets--definitely a memorable event! Went home with three jack-o-lanterns just in time for Halloween. Looking forward to next time!
Written February 1, 2024
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Jeff M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Even for me, a left side thinker, ArtWaves brought out a creativity in me I didn't know existed. Working with colored glass to make a mosaic offered a tactile experience I enjoyed and the end result surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend signing up for an extended class or attending a workshop and becoming a member offers privileges as well as discounts.
Written August 2, 2022
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JennBBarHarbor_Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I've taken classes and taught workshops at ArtWaves. It's a pretty special place, with a friendly and welcoming community. Classes range from introductory level to fairly advanced, and the overall atmosphere is 'Everybody is an artist, come on in!' Love the energy there.
Written December 18, 2020
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Joan D
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Art Waves campus invites you to a wide range of creative choices, indoors and out. Each specialized space - state-of-the-art studios for dance, fine arts, and crafts - is spacious, well-maintained, and welcoming.
I've taken several of the half-day workshops in printmaking and glass mosaic and always found the Artist Instructors to be friendly and informative. To take home my own masterpiece was very rewarding.
Even during the pandemic, ArtWaves continued to provide creative opportunities online and outdoors. Their connections with the Mount Desert Island community reflect in the opportunities provided to local artists, and their strong alliance with the public schools, libraries, and Acadia National Park.
As a visitor to MDI you can't beat their workshops as a rainy day activity. Larger family vacations can even arrange a private party; what a great way to spend time together while creating a keepsake to treasure the memory forever.
Written December 18, 2020
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Elizabeth K
Bar Harbor, ME3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is excellent community resource for creative pursuits. They have the space, tools ,and equipment, and for a nominal fee to cover the consumable supplies you can learn and create and commune with other creators. I have done relief printmaking, botanical mono printing. Wax candles, pop up greeting cards, glass mosaics. My very favorite aspect is the Monday evening figure drawing group. No instruction but good models, lighting and space. Very reasonable fee for the models. Art waves has also sponsored some great intensive multi day workshops with inspirational teaching artists. Erica Qualey, watercolors, Philip Dvorak, figure drawing. I'm so happy to have this resource in our community .
Written December 15, 2020
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Carol M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I was part of a group of women who worked with wax to create encaustic paintings at ArtWaves on Mount Desert Island. The location was divine, sitting back from the highway with wonderful indoor and outdoor space. They are able to offer workshops to the traveler and local folks as well. All supplies are available, one only needs to join the group and begin creating. The ambiance is so comfortable and relaxed that commraderie and laughter surround us as we follow the process of making an art piece. I would make this a definite stop during a trip to Bar Harbor area.
Written December 15, 2020
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Barbara C
Boston, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
In July 2019 I brought my 13 year old granddaughter and we had a wonderful time. I'm the least artistic person on the planet and yet Liz Cutler helped me feel talented!
Written December 15, 2020
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Doug C
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Very creative group and very welcoming.
I wish we lived closer so we could participate more, but it is well worth the trip.
We will definitely plan to stop there again the next time we are travelling in the area.
Written December 14, 2020
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tigerspause
Seal Cove, ME18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I do all kinds of classes here -- glass mosaic, felt painting, print making, fused glass, 3D felt creatures, tap dancing, various other exercise and dance, etc, etc.

Atmosphere is friendly and casual (but NOT a free-for-all). Educational and enjoyable and social. Everyone including travelers are made to feel welcome.

ArtWavesMDI is the best thing to happen to this island since the Carriage Roads!
Written December 28, 2019
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Kelly M
New York City, NY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
I have done workshops, classes, solo studio time, and the New Years open house at ArtWaves. There is truly something for everyone here! The resources available are fantastic, and the inspiration and creativity is never in short supply. I can highly recommend ArtWaves to people of all ages and artistic ability. You can work on something you're familiar with or try something totally new! MDI is lucky to have such a wonderful community arts center. Five stars!
Written November 29, 2019
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