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 expanded through the arts with the following themes:

Self, Group, Family and Friends, Our environment, Our community, The wider world.  
We create community art projects to enhance and connect our community and offer workshops and classes to inspire and connect fellow artists. We offer classes and workshops to bring education and creativity to learners of all ages.


All disciplines of creative arts are explored as an avenue to interdisciplinary thinking and learning: Visual Arts, Language Arts, Music, Drama, Storytelling and more. 





Special thanks to the amazing Sweet Tree Arts Board, Michael Douglass, Chris Pinchbeck and Cyndi Prince.




photo Lindsay Pinchbeck
Lindsay Pinchbeck is the director of Sweet Tree Arts  and founder of Sweetland School, a Reggio Inspired, Project Based elementary school program in Hope, ME.  She has been teaching in the arts and alternative education settings for the past 17 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 enriching our lives and building empathy when we explore the world through the Arts. Lindsay is proud to be a member of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative and a member of a glogal network of teachers through HundrED.org. She continues to share ideas locally, in Maine and globally around Creativity, Growth Mindset and learner centered experiences. 
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 has 20 years of teaching experience in public private and home school settings. She is a lead teacher across all content areas and is a math and movement specialist in the Sweetland School program. Marlee also recently received her Masters degree in Arts Education from Lesley University.
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.
photo Hannah Wells
Hannah Wells is an illustrator and designer whose work is mostly inspired by the natural world. She recently graduated with her undergraduate degree from Lesley College of Art and Design and is currently working at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. Her work has been featured in the Camden International Film Festival, several gallery spaces, and most recently in Ink & Arrow Magazine. Hannah has been working with Sweet Tree Arts since 2014 in the summer program and is very excited to continue working with all of the young creative people and encouraging them to express themselves through art and creative play. 
photo Janalyn Peppel

A graphic designer from Gainesville, FL  with a degree from the University of Florida in Mass Communication. She has been fascinated by 3D modeling for over 20 years. Once Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and VR became accessible to consumers she began using them as an art tool to teach all skill levels how to MAKE ANYTHING! 

photo Will Foote - Sweetland School

While studying Sociology, Peace Studies, and Music at St. Lawrence University, Will Foote was also a wilderness guide in New York’s Adirondack mountains. He saw the empowerment and humility that one’s connection to the outdoors can foster. He is thrilled to bring his passion for the outdoors to the Sweet Tree learners. Will is also a documentary songwriter who has collaboratively written songs with people and their spoken stories across the US, in Spain, and in Belgium. In 2018, Will helped launched a project in Antwerp, Belgium writing with people seeking asylum in attempts to share their human experiences and reduce alienation. He is excited to teach this method and create beauty with the Sweet Tree community. He is energized by the immense knowledge and wisdom that our learners hold everyday. 

photo Angela Nelson - Sweetland School

 With a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Middle Level Education, and another graduate degree in Educational Leadership, Angela has a strong background in educational practices .  Over the past 20+ years Angela has taught both mathematics and science classes at the middle level as well as worked as curriculum coordinator and Intervention (RTI) coordinator. At the center of Angela’s work and experience has been the young adolescent.  Through her learning and experiences, Angela believes the social, emotional, and physical growth of a young adolescent is as equally important as the academic growth. Middle school students need to be active learners, allowing them to have voice and ownership of their learning. Angela is looking forward to this next educational journey at Sweetland.  


photo Argy Nestor - Sweetland School

Argy Nestor taught middle school for 30 years and loved almost every minute of it. Once she understood the importance of developing a relationship with each learner, teaching took on an entirely different meaning. Argy served as the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine Department of Education, 2006-13 and as the Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission, 2013-19. As a teacher, Argy worked on a collaborative team where visual art was at the heart of the curriculum and all decisions were based on the best interest of each student. From her state work Argy is most proud of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative and the work and play of 108 teacher leaders and teaching artists leaders from all regions of the state. She believes that communication is a key to success and has posted to a blog located at meartsed.wordpress.com. Argy is the 1995 Maine Teacher of the Year and has received other recognition for her work in education. She is thrilled to continue her learning at Sweetland Middle School.


photo Paul Cartwright - Sweetland School
Paul Cartwright is a teacher in the Sweetland School.  He delights in fostering curiosity, creativity and love of learning in students of all ages.
After studying for eleven years at the City & Country School in New York, Paul has practiced design, engineering, inventing, music, singing, sculpture and generally enjoying the richness of life for quite a few years.  He has a deep respect for children.  He has taught in a variety of settings.  
  Mariel Dowling - Sweetland School
photo Willy Claflin

Willy Claflin is a one-man festival. Spanning historical sagas, intergalactic yarns, Mother Moose Tales, and counter culture misadventures, he covers the full spectrum of spoken word entertainment. 

A headliner and master of ceremonies at the National Storytelling Festival, Willy is a favorite at festivals throughout the U.S. He offers stories for families as well as adults, often weaving music into his performances. An accomplished guitar player and narrative ballad specialist, Willy is sometimes joined by his son Brian for performances of In Yonder’s Wood—a celebration of traditional music from the British Isles and Appalachia.

His tributes to departed tellers, especially Gamble Rogers, revive wonderful talent that might otherwise be forgotten. Festivals love sidekick Maynard Moose. Original, traditional, historical, personal, comic—regardless of genre, Willy fits any playbill.

  Andrew Eckman

Andrew Eckman in a certified instructor in CPR / AED / Stat Mandated Reporter

photo Kyle Von Newman

Instructor Kyle von Neumann is currently an apprentice boat builder at The Apprenticeshop in Rockland. He comes to us by way of Atlanta, Georgia where he started and ran a middle school steel band program, started and ran a wood shop class, and built a career in education focused on inquiry as an experiential process.