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Joseph keiffer

Joseph Keiffer was born in 1952 in New York City, N.Y. His father was a painter and his mother was a writer, which enabled the family to spend quite a few years abroad, mainly in Europe. He began painting at 17, while in Paris. The following year he enrolled at Brandeis, and after several leaves of absence to attend the New York Studio School, he graduated from college, having majored in philosophy and art history. 

Following a year at Sotheby’s “Works of Art” course, he was employed by Sotheby's as a cataloguer and appraiser of paintings, and after six years there and three years at Doyle Galleries, he became president of a non-profit art foundation. In his late 30's he started painting full time, and for a living. In retrospect, he says that he learned more about the history of art from his years in the art trade than he did in college, and that he learned more about painting by looking at reality than from anything taught in art school.

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Mary laury

Mary Laury has lived in Maine most of her life in a farmhouse that was her parents’ home. She is an artist and works in watercolors, silver, and wood, as well as other media that pass her way. A lifelong learner, Mary thinks of a great vacation as one spent at an arts center, standing in front of a wood lathe, or working with a tank of acetylene near her bench. Mary has been engaged in many aspects of the arts sector for years; as a watercolor painter and instructor, a ballroom dance teacher, and a member of several arts organizations around the region.

Mary Laury is the executive director of Schoodic Arts for All




Lisa Salsbury is the "me" half of Willow and Me Jewelry.  She began making beaded jewelry several years ago after buying a piece of jewelry that quickly broke.  She experimented with beaded jewelry, then wire and metal work and then metal clay, to which she soon became addicted.  She now works primarily in metal clay (silver, copper and bronze).

Lisa is a largely self-taught artist, but has been fortunate enough to study under some very talented  and wonderful metal clay artists, including Donna Penoyer, Patrik Kusek, Chris Darway, and Tim McCreight.   Lisa received a Rio Rewards PMC Certification in March of 2009.  For more information on metal clay, see this page.

Lisa teaches classes in beginner and intermediate metal clay through Schoodic Arts for All and RSU24 Adult Ed, as well as private instruction.  For more information on classes, visit this page



Anna woolf

Anna Woolf's newest work in barnacles was inspired by a visit to a summer restaurant on Schoodic Peninsula. There was a display of plates that had been brought up from the bottom of the ocean, every-day dishes from 100 or more years ago, covered in natural barnacles. There was a beauty in those plates and intrigue in the relation of everyday life both above and below the water that I am in the process of exploring.

When barnacles speak, they speak of knowing where you are, truly being where you are, and doing your best life in that place.



Roberta Parritt

Roberta Parritt has spent her working career providing accounting and bookkeeping solutions to the small business community with a special emphasis on women-owned businesses.

A native of Maine, she lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Maine full time in  2013.

The focus of her work has shifted from the small business arena to the non-profit world where she is the Financial Manager for Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor, Maine.

Art and painting has always been an important part of her life, and the beauty of the Maine landscape a never ending source of inspiration and pleasure.

Largely self-taught, she has studied with a number of prominent artists and has been invited to show her work in Boston and Maine.

“Creating art has always been special for me and a wonderful counterpoint to my analytical profession”



Wendilee heath o'brien

Quaker roots and life in Downeast Maine guide O'Brien's work. While her mediums and styles vary, her vision unites her artwork. Each picture has a query questioning human convention, burrowed in Quaker thought and practices and celebrating a deep reverence for nature.

Intertwined with this orientation is the work and way of life that Wendilee Heath O'Brien internalized while living in Asia. O'Brien aims to take the individual to the universal, returning to the particular, as done in the art of Haiku. She attempts the 3 steps that classical Chinese and Japanese Artists pursue:

  1. First to elicit the response, “Oh how nice’.
  2. Greater success achieves the reaction, “I want to visit.”
  3. In a true painting, the viewer wants to stay.

This goal of beauty melds with O'Brien's need to paint what can be, not the ignoble in our world. This vision came while parenting, watching children and nature (which she sees as synonymous, as their health and growth are at adult mercy). She follows children’s questing and exploring, thrilled by their capacity to wonder. O'Brien depicts their lives as a reminder and celebration of human capacity to discover and what it is in each of us that turns that discovery to be used for a greater good. 

Learn more about Wendilee Heath O'Brien's work at her website