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
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.

Hannah Keane

Artwork by Hannah Keane

As I have traveled around the world as a professional soccer player, I’ve gathered artistic inspirations from nature’s beautiful designs. Natural patterns are all around us, and recreating them in my own vision brings me. Large amount of joy. While my everyday profession may not be so calm and measured, I use my art as a means to center myself and my mind into finding peace during hectic times. I hope these pieces of art can bring you moments of tranquility as they do for me.

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.

Paul Buese

Artwork by Paul Buese

Paul Buese is a self taught artist that makes mostly abstract work. He works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. What he lacks in fine arts training he makes up for in raw artistic creativity. He is currently based in Maine but has worked as a chef in San Francisco, Salt Lake City and New York City. All proceeds from his art box sales go directly to World Central Kitchen, an organization providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.

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.

Peter Walls + Allegra Kuhn

Artwork by Peter Walls + Allegra Kuhn

189 Main Street
Stockton Springs, Maine

Allegra has a background in sculpture, design, and textiles.She is currently creating collage “paintings” with color and texture as the driving force behind each piece. She will be exhibiting work this coming September in Bangor, Maine at The Bangor Arts Exchange.

Peter is a painter and mural Artist traveling throughout New England on bespoke projects for his clients and collectors with Color + Design at the heart of all of his projects. His paintings can be found at galleries and shops throughout Maine with exhibitions at Hey Sailor and Trove in Searsport, Maine, in June 2022.

“In this call-and-response collaborative process, we have created a small piece that has inspiration in textiles and historic New England ephemera. A pearl on a small, velvet, Trompe L’oeil painted pillow evokes feelings of preciousness, love, and history - The woven abstraction is a reaction and celebration of this. Having red and white as our only limitations allowed us to step outside our usual studio work and think about new ways of seeing, playing, and creating.”

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.