About Sweet Tree Arts

 Core Elements and themes of Sweet Tree Arts:

 Process over Product

 Questions over Answers

 Whole brain and whole body learning encouraged

 

Community is explored through the arts in the following themes:

Self, Group, Family and Friends, Our environment, Our community, The wider world.  We also create community art projects to enhance and connect our community.

 

For Adults we offer workshops and classes to inspire and connect to fellow artists. 

Many classes within the creative arts will be offered: Visual Arts, Language Arts, Music, Drama, Storytelling and more. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo Lindsay Pinchbeck

Lindsay Pinchbeck is the director of Sweet Tree Arts L3C and founder of Sweetland School, a Reggio Inspired Arts Integrated program in Hope, ME.  She has been teaching in the arts and alternative education settings for the past 15 years.  Pinchbeck gained her Masters in Education through Lesley University's Creative Arts and Learning program and received her undergraduate degree in Art and Music from Colby College. Creatively she works as a print maker and photographer. Lindsay believes art can be shared by all ages and all abilities on many levels - we create as active participants, engage as observers and share experiences together that enrich our lives and build empathy when we explore the world through the arts.

 

     
photo Kathleen Walsh Buchanan

I have had a lifelong interest in creating art.  My path to becoming a working artist is perhaps somewhat atypical- I was educated and employed as a biologist prior becoming a full-time printmaker in 1999.  As an undergraduate at Tufts University, I majored in biology and nurtured my creative skills with as many studio art courses as I could possibly fit into my schedule.  After graduation in 1993, I worked in the consulting field for a few years before heading off to graduate school.  It was while completing my master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska that I decided to renew my efforts at studio art and printmaking in particular.  At first glance, biology and printmaking seem to have little common ground, but much of my training as a scientist has served me extremely well as an artist.  Both disciplines require skill at observing the environment, at not only looking but seeing what is going on around you.  I look at biology and art as two dialects in the same language, different ways to communicate what you have learned about the nature of things, about the truth of your experience.

Sweet Tree Arts welcomes Kathleen is an artist in residence at the Sweetland Center. 

     
photo Nancy Glassman

Nancy Glassman considers teaching to be one of her callings. She enjoys
helping students discover their best ways of learning. She is a working
artist, represented by the Caldbeck Gallery, in Rockland, ME. She has
been teaching Art for 40 years, in a wide variety of settings, including
the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Maine Arts Commission’s Visiting Artist
Program, the Early stARTS Program of the U. of So. Maine, L. C. Bates
Museum, Unity College, and the Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, N.Y. She
studied drawing and painting with Bernard Pfriem, at Sarah Lawrence
College, and Rackstraw Downes, at the U. of Pennsylvania.

     
photo Amy Gertner

Amy Gertner is a lead teacher in our Sweetland school program. 

Amy recently completed her Masters in Education integrating the arts through Lesley University. 

     
photo Marlee Luehman

Marlee Luehman has experience in public private and home school settings. Marlee is a lead teacher across all conent areas and is a math and movement specialist in the Sweetland School program. 

     
photo Nina Devenney

With a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Nina delights in the visual world and is endlessly enthralled by the power of art in education. She has worked as an art teacher for early childhood students at a Reggio-inspired preschool in Portland, elementary students at The Tower School in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and at The Riley School in Rockport. Nina has also worked extensively as an arts facilitator for adults with intellectual disabilities at Bomb Diggity Arts Program in Portland. She takes joy in bringing forth the creativity that lies within all of us, and revels in the deep connection that students often establish with their artwork. In addition, Nina is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in restorative yoga and its therapeutic benefits. She is passionate about weaving the practice of mindfulness into her work as an educator.  She is delighted to be joining the Sweet Tree community and eager to bring her passions for art and the outdoors to the students here. In her free time, Nina is often found by the ocean, adventuring outside, gardening, cooking feasts to share with family and friends, or immersed in her latest art project. 

     
photo Jeffrey Weinberger

Jeff Weinberger has taught and played music professionally for nearly 4 decades. He is on the faculty of Bay Chamber Music School and is director of Midcoast Ukes, a thriving Belfast community based ukulele ensemble. He is the guitarist and co-composer in Belfast rock band, People of Earth. He runs a private teaching studio, Belfast Guitar and Ukulele Workshop and travels as a ukulele workshop teacher and ukulele group coach. His work with children and the ukulele is one of his most personally enriching pursuits.