2024 Events

“The views alone are reason enough to visit, but touring here provides answers to almost any question you have about the town and the island”

– U.S. News & World Report

Bar Harbor – More than Acadia. Come be a part of the stories that shaped us.

Join us for our 2024 events!

History through the lens

Postcards from Eden

with katherine emery

Using smart-phone photography, a few tips and fun filters, participants will explore images from historical postcards and take a guided field trip to make their own. Each participant will leave with 6 custom, hand-made, ready to mail postcards!

May 18 from 9 AM-12 PM

History through the lens

Postcards from Eden

with katherine emery

Using smart-phone photography, a few tips and fun filters, participants will explore images from historical postcards and take a guided field trip to make their own. Each participant will leave with 6 custom, hand-made, ready to mail postcards!

June 6 from 9 AM-12 PM

History through the lens

Sketch Ramble

with Richard Huck

Suitable for all ages and experience levels, we invite you to take a hike with us and do some drawing with our new classes. Bring your favorite drawing pencils, pens, or markers; a small notebook and pencils will be provided.

June 13 from 10 AM-1 PM

Ramble

Road Line Ramble

with Darron Collins

Take a Ramble with former COA president Darron Collins along “Road Line,” a site-specific granite sculpture by artist Andy Goldsworthy, the only sculpture by Goldsworthy in Maine!

June 15 at 10 AM

History through the lens

Beachcombing Cyanotypes

with jennifer steen booher

In this 3-hour workshop we will work on 5×7 watercolor paper that has been prepared for cyanotype. Each student will receive a pack of 12 sheets and all materials and tools, including feathers, flowers, ferns,  and lace to make prints will be provided.

June 15 from 11 AM-2 PM

History through the lens

The Secret Life and Intimate Writings

of Sarah Oren Jewett

with carolyn gage

Comprised of four half-hour segments and performed by four actors, each segment will feature the lesbian lives and work of prominent writers who lived and worked in Maine. Each presentation is composed of minimal narration, accompanied by readings from these women’s writings, private correspondence, and diaries.

June 20 from 4-5 PM

History through the lens

Playing with Nature

Digital Art from Found Objects

with Jennifer Steen Booher

Come explore the shore below the Historical Society and learn about the intertidal zone while making artwork using the shells, driftwood, sea glass, and beachstones you find. This is a low-tech class that anyone can enjoy.

July 13 from 10 AM-12 PM

History through the lens

The Secret Life and Intimate Writings

of Edna St. Vincent Millay

with carolyn gage

Comprised of four half-hour segments and performed by four actors, each segment will feature the lesbian lives and work of prominent writers who lived and worked in Maine. Each presentation is composed of minimal narration, accompanied by readings from these women’s writings, private correspondence, and diaries.

July 18 from 4-6 PM

History through the lens

Plein Air Course

with Rob finn

This course will teach participants of all skill levels the basics of outdoor painting from nature with watercolors. We’ll build on drawing skills, establishing proper proportions, sighting space and distance and explore different styles of expression through color and composition.

July 23-26 from 9 AM-4 PM

History through the lens

Sketch Ramble

with Richard Huck

Suitable for all ages and experience levels, we invite you to take a hike with us and do some drawing with our new classes. Bring your favorite drawing pencils, pens, or markers; a small notebook and pencils will be provided.

July 27 from 10 AM-1 PM

History through the lens

Hudson to Harbor Cyanotype

with jennifer steen booher

In this 3-hour workshop we will work on 5×7 watercolor paper that has been prepared for cyanotype. Each student will receive a pack of 12 sheets and all materials and tools, including feathers, flowers, ferns,  and lace to make prints will be provided.

July 30 from 11 AM-2 PM

History through the lens

Beyond the Literal

Painting the Spirit of the Land

with Deena Ball

Whether it is the light dancing across the trunks of trees, the colors of a sun kissed dahlia or just the wind moving the clouds across the sky these are the inspirations of a landscape painter. Learn to paint the essence of the landscape and express your personal vision.

August 3-6 from TBA

History through the lens

The Secret Life and Intimate Writings

of Rachel Carson

with carolyn gage

Comprised of four half-hour segments and performed by four actors, each segment will feature the lesbian lives and work of prominent writers who lived and worked in Maine. Each presentation is composed of minimal narration, accompanied by readings from these women’s writings, private correspondence, and diaries.

August 8 from 4-5 PM

History through the lens

The Secret Life and Intimate Writings

of May Sarton

with carolyn gage

Comprised of four half-hour segments and performed by four actors, each segment will feature the lesbian lives and work of prominent writers who lived and worked in Maine. Each presentation is composed of minimal narration, accompanied by readings from these women’s writings, private correspondence, and diaries.

August 22 from 4-5 PM

History through the lens

Postcards from Eden

with katherine emery

Using smart-phone photography, a few tips and fun filters, participants will explore images from historical postcards and take a guided field trip to make their own. Each participant will leave with 6 custom, hand-made, ready to mail postcards!

September 5 from 4-7 PM

History through the lens

Playing with Nature

Digital Art from Found Objects

with Jennifer Steen Booher

Come explore the shore below the Historical Society and learn about the intertidal zone while making artwork using the shells, driftwood, sea glass, and beachstones you find. This is a low-tech class that anyone can enjoy.

September 15 from 2-4 PM

History through the lens

Sketch Ramble

with Richard Huck

Suitable for all ages and experience levels, we invite you to take a hike with us and do some drawing with our new classes. Bring your favorite drawing pencils, pens, or markers; a small notebook and pencils will be provided.

September 21 from 10 AM-1 PM

History through the lens

Cyanotype Family Banners

with jennifer steen booher

In this 2-hour workshop we will work on 5×7 watercolor paper that has been prepared for cyanotype. Each student will receive a pack of 12 sheets and all materials and tools, including feathers, flowers, ferns,  and lace to make prints will be provided.

September 22 from 10 AM-12 PM

History through the lens

Postcards from Eden

with katherine emery

Using smart-phone photography, a few tips and fun filters, participants will explore images from historical postcards and take a guided field trip to make their own. Each participant will leave with 6 custom, hand-made, ready to mail postcards!

September 29 from 9 AM-12 PM

History through the lens

Sketch Ramble

with Richard Huck

Suitable for all ages and experience levels, we invite you to take a hike with us and do some drawing with our new classes. Bring your favorite drawing pencils, pens, or markers; a small notebook and pencils will be provided.

October 5 from 10 AM-1 PM

History through the lens

Playing with Nature

Digital Art from Found Objects

with Jennifer Steen Booher

Come explore the shore below the Historical Society and learn about the intertidal zone while making artwork using the shells, driftwood, sea glass, and beachstones you find. This is a low-tech class that anyone can enjoy.

October 12 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

History through the lens

Cyanotype Family History on Fabric

with jennifer steen booher

In this 3-hour workshop we will work on 5×7 watercolor paper that has been prepared for cyanotype. Each student will receive a pack of 12 sheets and all materials and tools, including feathers, flowers, ferns,  and lace to make prints will be provided.

October 26 from 10 AM-1 PM