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: Visual Arts, Language Arts, Music, Drama, Storytelling and more. 


Meet Our Teachers!



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. She continues to share ideas locally and across the state of Maine around Creativity, Growth Mindset and Listening and Responding through the Arts. 
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 James Quigley

James Quigley is a graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist residing in Appleton. His work has appeared in the from of skateboard graphics, comic books and comic strips, animation, rock posters and more.  

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 Annie Moore
In Annie's words...  "I am licensed to teach English, art and history in Vermont. I taught for 8 years in international schools in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Tokyo, Japan, Jordan, Costa Rica, France and Australia. And...I also have a law degree and was a lawyer in Vermont for ten years. However, of all I have done and experienced, writing and art are all I care about any more!"
photo Jennifer Wiessner


Since moving to Maine in 2005, her focus and training have been in Sex Therapy, couples therapy and healthy and positive sex education. Jennifer believes that the added roles and responsibilities taken on by men and women today are giving rise to added stress, marital concerns, depression and anxiety causing struggles within relationships. 

She offers...

  • Sexual health education sessions for parents of children birth-17 years who wish to have guidance with how to encourage positive and responsible sexual health behaviors and attitudes.
  • Raising Sexually Healthy Children workshops for parents, educators and providers of children birth-14 years. Monthly in-office workshops or “village” style workshop-learn with your friends or colleagues in your space to create a safety net for your kids and their friends. Jennifer has  been trained in Maine Family Planning’s Best Practices for STI and Pregnancy Prevention 2017 for middle school and high school youth.
  • Private 75 minute healthy sexuality consultations for parents to have all of your questions/concerns addressed specifically tailored to your and your child’s needs.
photo Callum Armstrong
photo Chris Gray
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 Ukelelezaza

“One of the most complete uke players in the world today”
- Kamuke Magazine #2 (2011)
Ukulelezaza is a firm favorite in the European ukulele community and has been at the forefront
of the ukulele revival for over ten years. His gentle touch, right hand wizardry and tasteful
arrangements have inspired, and continue to inspire, ukulele players worldwide.
Early days
Ukulelezaza (real name Remco Houtman-Janssen, born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in
1973) started playing ukulele at age 11. His mother actively organized George Formby fanclub
meetings and sang and played ukulele and uke-banjo in several bands. Remco lost interest in
the uke during his teens but rekindled that interest in 1994, after strumming a few chords on the
the banjolele that he had always kept. He has been playing passionately ever since.
One of Europe’s finest
From the mid-1990s onwards Remco played in Hawaiian bands and attended many ukulele
events in the UK, forming the basis of his unique style of playing. In 2006 he started a Youtube
channel, his first outing as Ukulelezaza, which at the moment has over 3500 subscribers and a
total of 1.3 million views. Nowadays, when performing solo, Zaza mostly plays 1920s/30s music
and original instrumentals using a variety of vintage ukuleles. His gentle touch and overall right
hand mastery rank him amongst Europe’s finest ukulele players. He’s featured at ukulele
festivals throughout the world. Zaza is also the co-founder and organizer of the Belgian Ukulele
Festival, which had its first edition in 2007 and became the inspiration and blueprint for the
major European ukulele festivals today.
Bag of tricks second to none
Zaza is an experienced ukulele teacher for all levels with a bag of tricks second to none. His
workshops are a highlight for many aspiring and experienced players alike. He published four
tablature books with his own ukulele solo arrangements of famous and more obscure songs
from the Golden Jazz Era. Hundreds of people throughout the world play his arrangements,
many of which found their way to Youtube. Each book also features information about and
plenty of photographs of the ukuleles he passionately collects. Zaza also released two solo
albums on which he plays ukulele, plectrum banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin and lapsteel guitar.
Check Zaza’s Youtube channel for a taste of his music:

photo Ibiyinka Alao


Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao is an artist, filmmaker and author who represented his country — Nigeria — and became the first place winner of the prestigious United Nations International Art Competition amongst 61 countries. His entry "Girls and a Greener Environment" chronicles the life of a girl-child from infancy to adulthood and the values she acquires along the paths of life.