ArtBox art selections

Michele Levesque

Artwork by Michele Levesque

41 Caterpillar Hill Rd
Sargentville Maine

I work with a combination of materials including cast-offs and leftovers from both my life and the lives of others. Most recently, I have been collecting soon to be discarded books. This medium lends itself to additional storytelling, revealing memories and creating histories. The books have their own histories and stories. We as humans are nostalgic, we crave the past yet thrive in the present. We end our day and look for someone to share the days' experiences with. Time is spent reviewing diary and journal entries from long forgotten events of our lives. I choose to document my life by making tactile objects with memories and histories. Drawing on my own experiences and interests I use my work as a way of relating my stories, questions and conflicts to the world.

Buzz Masters

Artwork by Buzz Masters

45 French Camp Road, Deer Isle, Maine
Show: Lacoste Gallery
Open studio hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-5 or by appointment

During one winter, while sorting through and cleaning out piles of papers in my studio, I came across an old sketchbook. At the age of nine, I had taken a painting class taught by a friend of my parents and this was the documentation of that time. Looking through the pages I could clearly remember the joy of those classes and my first experience drawing from the live model. To ease any of my embarrassment the teacher had had the models wear bathing suits hence,all of the drawings look like beach scenes. In finding these few, unskilled drawings of seated and standing figures my interest in representing the shared human experience reawakened. This, and my love of Italian 14th century painting, has challenged me to merge both influences in new imagery. In life, what connects us is always more interesting than what separates us. In art, you can take your unique vision and find the common language. The moments of sitting on the beach can represent the stretching out of time. Watching our children grow up is the common thread to our own aging. The simple New England architecture becomes a metaphor of the changing undercurrent of relationships.

The recycling of our old ideas, pertaining to creating work, is always an exciting experience. In re-doing a youthful image with an older eye, paths taken and choices made can become more clearly defined. As a result of finding that old sketchbook, the past resurfaced becoming the present and new paintings were born.

Buzz Masters is a painter living and working in Deer Isle, Maine. Her focus of community, and how we create it, has led her to help coaching her daughter’s cross country team, taking groups of teenagers to Europe, sitting on the board of Windward Passage sailing program, and serving her island as an EMT-IA. She helped initiate and has remained a member of The Women's Grand Adventure Group since 1979.

Sarah Doremus

Artwork by Sarah Doremus

PO Box 220, Deer Isle, Maine

As a sculptor, I work with my hands and in all honesty I think with my hands too. The texture, density, consistency and malleability of a material are its language and that language is what I find rewarding in the use of mixed media. I look to the inherent qualities of a material and try to manipulate them to my end.

I like to use my work to create a sort of tongue in cheek play on the human condition. Using words, puns or expressions in combination with physical representation of form I want to poke fun at our collective angst-ridden human condition: Not to minimize or diminish its impact but rather put it into perspective and by doing so remove the perceived anxiety; basically, to render it impotent.

Most recently I have been interested in kinetic art especially kinetic jewelry. My work suggests sculpture that is ostensibly meant to be worn. Using found objects, doll parts and metal I make small scale pieces that are intended to comment on body adornment and ornamentation, both functional and otherwise. I’ve noticed that cell phones, MP3 players and personal electronic equipment have become so commonplace that they are taking on the mantle of jewelry; Jewelry that has a function and perceived necessity. My work questions this norm by functioning in a way that is both absurd and completely unnecessary.

Amelia Poole

Artwork by Amelia Poole

Ecouture Textile Studio and Gallery
30 Bagaduce Road, Brooksville, Maine

Eco-printed paper is created by layering prepared watercolor paper with local plants and flowers. The paper and plants are layered together, clamped, and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the paper. No external dyes, inks or paints are used in eco-printing. All color and pattern come from the plants themselves!

This process releases extraordinary secrets from local plants we see every day and often take for granted. Eco-printing allows us to look beyond the usual green of leaves and to see their shape and architecture, and explore their chemistry.

Amelia Poole is an artist raised by scientists who brings her love of fibers and textiles, botany, chemistry, and history to her teaching and textile art. She received an MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Her work can be seen in galleries on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Maine. She shows her work at Fine Craft Shows and teaches throughout New England. Amelia Poole works from her shop and studio, Ecouture Textiles, in Brooksville, Maine.

Michael Rossney

Artwork by Michael Rossney

Portraits ~ Landscapes ~ Events
41 Caterpillar Hill Road
Sargentville, Maine

For me, photography has always been a reflective medium. A way to take what I see in the world around us, and distill it down to manageable pieces that can be investigated closer. I make a photograph of a scene, and that image is a small part of what existed in reality, in my vision. That piece is held captive, and upon closer inspection all sorts of things are free to emerge from it.

This body of work I have developed for the Art Box is a further distillation of these images, taken down in scope even further by the ultimate size and shape of the piece. If a photograph is only an interpretive piece of a particular scene, than what would a 2 1/4” x 5” portion of that piece reveal?

These pieces have been further amended with the addition of various other mediums—wax, oil, wood and paste to become subtle, almost precious documents of the environment in which we exist.

Cullen Schneider

Artwork by Cullen Schneider

5 Main Street, PO Box 174, Blue Hill, Maine

Every year, on a weekend just before or after the summer solstice, artist Cullen Brooke Schneider, and her husband Corey Paradise, design and paint a new mural on the southern face of their barn. The whole process is collaborative. It takes three or four days to complete the painting with the energetic support of friends, family and community members. The results are always exciting and each mural has been strikingly different than the last. The annual event, titled Make Know Art, will celebrate it's seventh consecutive year in 2017.

Cullen loves living with these large, improvisational paintings and watching them change through the seasons. But because the barn gets painted every year, the mural is always temporary. Cullen's most recent body of work for Art Box is aimed at appreciating those fleeting images and turning snippets of them into art objects that will outlive the murals themselves.

Cullen Brooke Schneider is a Maine native who found home on the Blue Hill Peninsula almost 20 years ago. She currently owns and runs Fairwinds Florist, a superior flower shop & long standing Peninsula institution on Main Street in Blue Hill. She and her husband grow flowers & vegetables at their farm and mural site just north of town.

Basha Olson

Artwork by Basha Olson

Artist Statement: In the 1990’s I lived and traveled, year-round, on my 1952 classic wooden sailboat, Lethe. It changed my life.

Light, sounds, thoughts; all entered my field-of-awareness differently: broad black nights filled with glitter to guide me; water droplets joined in the sky forming curled and frilled—white to gray clouds which, in learning, taught me of weather to come; the seagull’s cries while flocking to shore, the change of the pattern of waves on the hull, wind passing my ears with a calling; I felt free, my heart lightened and courage was found.

Lethe, the boat, became sick from her iron fastenings and recently I had to retire her from entering the sea.

There is so much of her which is a part of me, I decided to share her light through my art using her wood, her bronze, and what I consider…her very soul.

This series I have titled “Ceilings” because the mahogany wood is from the beautiful interior of Lethe and were her ceilings.


Michele Gower

Artwork by Michele Gower


I've always had a practical approach to making art. I use what I have on hand for materials. This may depend on space constraints or my inability to throw something away in case I can make it into something. I love to draw and like to reuse materials. I've combined the two by drawing and painting on leftover materials. I enjoy producing large pieces by making many small ones and bringing them together. This also allows for the work to change, which makes it more fun to create and less rigid when finished.

The images I choose are mundane, every day tasks that are personal but relatable. This could be hanging wet clothes to dry, picking carrots from the garden or having coffee in the morning with my family. I find something lovely and satisfying in recreating these simple but sweet memories from my life.

Jodi Renshaw

Artwork by Jodi Renshaw

Studio 36

75 Wing Street, Bangor, Maine

I love whimsy, photography, pop culture, and playing with toys. I combine these passions in my artwork. I have been photographing toys in realistic and theatrical endeavors since my first photography class as a high school sophmore. Usually, I create that which makes me laugh. But often, I use children's toys to express ideas about society, gender and sexuality. I find that using relatable, iconic toys to examine and challenge social constructs is a playful, non-confrontational way of making a statement. My favorite part of my work is in seeing people respond to it - with laughter, surprise and joy.

Currently, my work can be found in several fun and funky shops throughout New England. I also travel around the country to various Comic Conventions to peddle my artwork and to meet fellow geeks.

I live in the greatest neighborhood in Bangor with my amazing & snarky son, Isaac and my handsome but humble husband, Halis. We all love Star Wars, sharks, Dave Matthews and geocaching.

Alyssa Christen Holt

Artwork by Alyssa Christen Holt

ACH Designs


Everyday I am growing as a person and an artist. I’ve always had a passion for Art in my younger years, and after graduating in 2008 I’ve experimented with many mediums including pencil, pen & ink, acrylic, watercolor, gemstones & metals.

My main focus is intricate custom wire-wrapped jewelry and abstract acrylic paintings. I believe we should brighten our world with playful use of color and explore our minds beyond what we see in day-to-day life.

The definition of one-of-a-kind is unique; pertaining to a singular example; a person or thing that is not like any other person or thing. I will continue to strive as a one-of-a-kind artist, where you will not find one piece exactly like another.

The possibilities are endless in art creation and there’s always more than one way to look at things.