Arts on the Hill
Photo credit: Gerry Millet
Coastal Mountains Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently protect the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay. Beech Hill, the Land Trust's founding conservation project, remains a keystone property in fulfilling that mission given its stunning views of Penobscot Bay, ease of accessibility, historical significance, and broad range of habitat types. Although the preserve has thousands of visitors each year, the Land Trust understands that a key to fulfilling our mission is to celebrate the synergy between art and nature, people and place. We work collaboratively with artists and musicians to expand that goal.
Watch a five-minute video on George Mason, a mixed media artist who showed his work in Beech Nut during July 2014 (includes footage of his installation in the hut).
- Artists must fill out an application and submit it to the Membership Coordinator no later than December 1.
- All proposals are approved by the Community Engagement Committee and are subject to staff approval.
- Decisions are made for the following open house season, May - October. Artists and Land Trust staff work together to determine the best exhibit dates for both parties.
- Artist's work may be displayed for up to one month during the season.
- Commercial sales of art or other merchandise is prohibited. However, artists are welcome to promote and market their goods through their display at Beech Nut.
- Beech Nut open houses are run by volunteers. The Land Trust will provide docents for two open houses per month. The artist is responsible for staffing additional open houses. The Land Trust will work with artists to coordinate this and provide Beech Nut docent training.
- Art should be approved for a wide audience and align with the natural aesthetic of Beech Nut and/or Beech Hill.
- Art may be installed inside Beech Nut or outside on the preserve grounds, but outdoor installations must be coordinated with and approved by the Stewardship Director.
- Preference is given to local artists (living and working within Maine).
- Installed art must have no impact on the building; artists may not drill into walls or beams. Art may not alter the structure of the hut in any way. Art should not block views from within the hut.
- Exhibits, exhibit openings, and other events associated with the artists work will be promoted in conjunction with the Land Trust.
- Music events must not exceed 100 guests.
- Musicians should consider the fact that electricity is not available inside the hut.
Please fill out this application (pdf) and return to the address at the bottom of the page.