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Aiming Forward

Sanctuary Arts Connects, our new nonprofit scholarship program & website

( is up and running, thanks to the hard work of Lauren Dow, Green Foundry proprietor. We are committed to creating an environment where arts education is not limited to those with financial security. We believe that education in the arts is important to a vibrant and diverse community and we want to make it easier for all to access





Keep tuned:

In our next newsletter & on social media, we will be selling art work by our gifted instructors to benefit both them and our scholarship program as we help each other through this crisis.



  Pop-up by Judy Avery created in Bill Paarlberg's Plein Air Sketchbook Adventures class 


Soft Stone Carving with Antoinette Schultze

Antoinette Schultze
graciously allowed students to carve soft stone in her Eliot studio this Fall. Several wanted to continue, but we will wait til Spring to start up again. Toni always is such an inspiring teacher, introducing students to the joys of physical and artistic expression.

Watercolor Basics for the Absolute (or Frustrated) Beginner) with Bill Paarlberg
was our only in-studio workshop, with windows open, masks on and social distancing. It was great to see folks in the building again. 
Sean Beavers' Plein Air Painting Palette 
We look forward to a few zoom classes this Winter, and especially look forward to Spring when we can have more plein air classes and hopefully begin to have instruction again in our beautiful repurposed church.

Looking Back at Fall Plein Air 
Workshops & Classes

En Plein Air Landscape Painting class with Sean Beavers

Sanctuary Arts looks back at some Plein Air classes enjoyed this Fall and looks forward to our new Sanctuary Arts Connects non-profit scholarship program & upcoming fundraiser (we will be selling artwork by our gifted instructors) to benefit this new nonprofit.

This Winter we will restrict our offerings to online virtual classes. We hope to schedule Plein Air

& small indoor classes this Spring if conditions are favorable. Meanwhile I hope all of you are snug in

your studios and inspired by this unusual gift of

more time to create.

En Plein Air Landscape Painting
with Sean Beavers

Sean Beavers
offered a 4 day intensive En Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop which was well received by folks grateful to be in touch with other painters and in person art instruction. This class worked particularly well because what used to be in-studio technical demonstrations were moved on-site and thus were more relevant to the day's endeavors. We traveled to paint some fine seacoast (and mountain) views- a nice oasis of camaraderie in the midst of this ongoing pandemic.

Plein Air Sketchbook Adventures with Bill Paarlberg

Sketch by Maureen OLeary


Bill Paarlberg's Plein Air Sketchbook Adventures was a true adventure as students scrambled around Portsmouth and the seacoast, rescheduling for rainy days and learning to draw with a variety of media as they learned the fundamentals of landscape painting. Pop-up art as well as a homework assignment by Phyllis Stibler who painted with dirt, chocolate crumbs, wasabi mustard, coffee syrup and red wine were a few of the unusual artistic endeavors generated by Bill's enthusiasm.



 Surprised by Color with Alastair Dacey



Alastair Dacey's Surprised by Color met primarily at Sanctuary Arts with one class meeting at Strawberry Banke with a model. Seeing folks with their easels scattered around our grounds was a pleasure to behold. With plenty of demonstrations, students learned to mix and relate color and work with color notes so some of the mystery of nature comes through.

Drawing in the Garden with

Carol Morley

Carol Morley
offered Drawing in the Garden, which met at Bedrock Gardens in Lee NH. It is a gorgeous place founded by Bob Munger and Jill Nooney and is now a non-profit garden open to the public and well worth the trip.

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