Haystack Session 5 Public Programs and Exhibition

  • July 31, 2019

Public Programs:

August 12: Denise Markonish, visiting curator

August 13: Andile Dyalvane, ceramics; Kathy Hattori, fiber;

Peter Ivy + Robert Lewis, glass

August 14: Michael Velliquette, graphics; Tim McCreight + Matthieu Cheminee, metals; Julian Watts, wood

August 19: Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Kate McNamara*

August 20: Technical Assistant Presentations

August 21: Haystack Staff Presentations (4:30 pm)

Throughout the summer, Haystack faculty, visiting artists, technical assistants, and staff share their inspirations, ideas, and work as part of our 2019 Public Program Series. Most programs begin at 7:00 PM (with the exception of the Staff Presentations, which begin at 4:30 PM.) in Haystack’s Gateway Auditorium, located at 89 Haystack School Drive, Deer Isle, Maine. These events are free and open to the public.

* In conjunction with Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs (see Exhibition section of this release)


Visit haystack-mtn.org for detailed descriptions of Public Programs. 

Studio Walk-Through and End-of-Session Auction:

Date- Thursday, August 22

Location- Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Address- 89 Haystack School Drive, Deer Isle, Maine

Studio Walk-Through, 4:30–6:00PM

End-of-Session Auction

     Silent auction begins at 7:00PM

     Live Auction begins at 7:30PM

Studio walk-throughs and auctions are free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit Haystack’s scholarship program and studio improvements. 


Haystack Hands: An Exhibition of New Work by Polly Apfelbaum

On View                  On view July 21-September 15

Location                  Haystack’s Center for Community Programs

Address                  22 Church Street, Deer Isle, Maine

Deer Isle – Haystack’s second exhibition of the season is curated by Kate McNamara and features the work of Polly Apfelbaum.

A brochure with an essay by Kate McNamara will accompany this exhibition. Haystack Hands is a site-specific exhibition that brings together New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s 2017 series, My Hands, which consists of 100 pairs of ceramic hands that have never been shown in the US, and the site and community surrounding Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Haystack Hands evolved from the artist’s ongoing experiments with glazed ceramics. They take their inspiration from the ‘floating hand of God’ in the mosaics of the basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna. Apfelbaum was fascinated by this image of the disembodied hand as the symbol of creation and intervention and used her own hands as a template for these works, creating a relationship to the artist’s touch while also engaging ideas about craft and making within a contemporary field. These hands become reengaged in Deer Isle, Maine as they sit upon painted paper circles radiating the Maine flag colors of blue, brown, red, and yellow. Throughout the duration of the exhibition visitors are invited to draw their own hands.

Accompanying the exhibition is an essay and poster produced by curator Kate McNamara.

About Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Founded in 1950, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. We offer workshops to participants of all skill levels as well as a residency program, conference, visiting artist series, and programs for Maine residents. Noted American architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes, designed the award-winning campus and the school attracts faculty and students from across the country and internationally. 

Tour Haystack

Guided tours of Haystack’s campus and studios are available every Wednesday at 1 pm, through August 28. The award-winning campus is a series of shingled buildings cascading down a granite hillside overlooking Jericho Bay and the Deer Isle Thoroughfare. A suggested $5 donation supports Haystack’s scholarship program.

To request a Catalog or printed Public Programs Schedule, contact Haystack at 207-348-2306 or haystack@haystack-mtn.org


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Lillian Felsenthal

89 Haystack School Drive
Deer Isle   ME  04627