This morning I had the pleasure of attending a fabulous brunch at Sanctuary Arts in Elliot, ME with Erin Moran. A vibrant arts community, Sanctuary Arts is the home of a visually inspiring teaching studio, private arts studios, and gallery — all located in a converted 1861 New England church. Founded by Christopher Gowell in 1999, Sanctuary celebrated their 10-Year Anniversary this past May!
Upon our arrival, Lauren gave us a quick tour of the new foundry. Lauren Holmgren is a resident artist and instructor at Sanctuary. With genuine enthusiasm Lauren explained the complicated process of bronze casting and showed us some works in progress. The instructors are environmentally conscious in their choices of materials and mighty resourceful - they actually melt down old radiators for the metal! If you have an old radiator that you would like to get rid of, they will gladly haul it away... and it's not too late to sign up for Lauren's Bronze Sandcasting Workshop in August!
Later we all gathered in side for brunch - Christopher was already inside working on one of her sculptures. Everyone was to bring a dish resulting in an eclectic display of eddible offerings. Amongst freshly brewed coffee, satisfying sweets, a hearty hash and an amazing maple sausage soufle, I enjoyed stimulating conversation with the intimate group of artists and friends - topics shifted smoothly from the current Hopper exhibit at the MFA...to bats...to Caravaggio, master painter and infamous murderer...to "George", the eight week old kitten.
Following brunch, Christopher gave us a lovely tour of her beautiful gardens! True to its name, Sanctuary Arts is a sacred place - full of postive energy, innovation, beauty and respect. Christopher hosts this special brunch the first Sunday of every month - this was my first attendance, and it most certainly will not be the last!