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Golden Apple Art Residency

A unique experience, Golden Apple Art Residency is located approximately an hour north of Bar Harbor along the rocky coastal region of Downeast Maine. Within a very quiet and secluded location, the residency grounds are situated near the tip of Ripley’s Neck down a long and winding road outside of Harrington, where both the main house and the residency cottages are less than two hundred feet from shore. It is in this remote, naturally rugged and picturesque environment that our artists find the support and inspiration to create.

Golden Apple Art Residency offers three sessions, two weeks in duration, during the summer months of July, August, and early September. Full and partial scholarships are available and applicants are automatically considered for scholarship assistance. The residency hosts visual artists and writers, providing unique inspiration for photographers and painters.

Golden Apple Art Residency also hosts workshops and classes. This summer artists are invited to attend “The fundamental approach to Plein Air Painting” (August 24 - 28, 2015) with Larry Blovits. This class offers artists of all levels the chance to explore landscape painting at Golden Apple Art Residency's beautiful waterfront property. Read more.

Location

Harrington, Maine: United States

Golden Apple Art Residency is located approximately an hour north of Bar Harbor along the rocky coastal region of Downeast Maine. Within a very quiet and secluded location, the residency grounds are situated near the tip of Ripley’s Neck down a long and winding road outside of Harrington, where both the main house and the residency cottages are less than two hundred feet from shore. It is in this remote, naturally rugged and picturesque environment that our artists find the support and inspiration to create. Located in the most eastern point in North America, the residency itself is situated on nearly fifty acres of spruce forest and overlooks the bay where lobster boats chug through the waters early each morning. Nearby scenic areas include Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Schoodic Point and Jasper Beach, as well as many off-the-beaten-path destinations waiting to be discovered.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: Two-week residency sessions are offered in July and August
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 4-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 15
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 25

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Applications are open to artists/writers over the age of twenty-one and must include a letter of intent as well as examples of recent work. Please see website www.GoldenAppleStudio.com (click Art Residency) for application details.

  • Application deadline: March 31
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Residency season: July - August

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Deborah Rockman, Drawing, Michigan; Al Wildey, Photography, Michigan; Darlene Kaczmarczyk, Photography, Michigan; John Urbancik, Writing and Photography, Florida; Regina Garza Mitchell, Writing, Texas; Diane Zeeuw, Painting, Michigan; Steven Vinson, Painting, Indiana; Patricia Constantine, Drawing and Painting, Michigan; David Greenwood, Sculpture, Michigan; Sarah Knill, Drawing and Painting, Illinois; Sally Rose, Fiber Arts, Michigan; Taylor Greenfield, Painting, Michigan; Gary Wertheimer, Sculpture, Michigan; Carrie Weis, Painting, Michigan; Susan Griffith, Writing, Michigan; Jeanne Fisher, Painting, Michigan; Cynthia Eller, Sculpture, Michigan; Robyn Bomhof, Painting, Michigan; Lisa Ambrose, Illustration, Michigan; Salvador Jimenez, Mixed Media, Illinois; Heather Duffy, Painting, Louisiana; Kris Sanford, Photography, Michigan; Abbey Fitzpatrick, Encaustic, Michigan; Susan Mulder, Painting, Michigan; Tatsuki Hakoyama, Painting, Michigan; Jenna Koenning, Painting, Colorado; Larry Blovits, Painting, Michigan; Rebecca Hastings, Fiber Arts, Michigan; Brenda Sipe, Painting, Michigan; Miranda Graham, Painting, Illinois; Damian Goidich, Drawing, Michigan; Kari Friestad, Painting, Michigan; Barbara Southworth, Photography, Virginia
Description of Golden Apple Art Residency pales in comparison to the actual experience, and that can only be had by being at Golden Apple. The location is exquisite, the facilities inspiring, the cottages charming and comfortable and the food delicious. Golden Apple provides a creative environment that allows one's artistic practice to be engaged at will. A very positive and productive experience, I am very grateful for this opportunity.
— Darlene Kaczmarczyk, Fine Art Photographer, Grand Rapids, MI
The mythical Golden Apple can be interpreted to symbolize any one of an endless variety of uniquely creative endeavors. Staying focused on that elusive Golden Apple, however, can be seemingly impossible when attempting to satisfy all the other demands of life in our contemporary society. Golden Apple Art Residency offers an environment full of inspiration and free of distractions in which artists and writers can concentrate solely on the pursuit of their artistic goals. It may be the first step or the final step in achieving your Golden Apple. No matter where you are in your journey, however, your experience as artist-in-residence should be significant to that outcome.
— Shelley Newman Stevens, Director, Golden Apple Art Residency

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Each artist is provided with a fully furnished private cottage which includes a comfortable queen-sized bed, kitchenette, separate bath and a spectacular view of the ocean.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Meals are healthy and delicious. Both breakfast and lunch is provided in the common room near the studios and can be eaten in the studios or outdoors on the patio overlooking the ocean. The communal evening meal is a highlight of every day. Dinner is served in the dining room of the main house and is carefully and professionally prepared using fresh local fruits, vegetables and seafood, emphasizing regional cuisine and including made-from-scratch baked goods. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. A wine pairing is presented each evening. Dinner table converesatin is spirited and enjoyable.Well-lit private studios with 24-hour access provide space for a number of disciplines and are equipped with desks, chairs, sinks, cabinets, extended table surface, spot lighting, professional easels for drawing and painting, taborets, corkboards and other basic furnishings. Internet service is provided as is the use of a color printer, copier and fax machine. Other equipment is available upon request.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in common area, Ethernet provided in living or studio area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Well-lit paths and walkways, throughout residency grounds.
  • Studios/special equipment: Painting
  • Additional studio information: 
    Well-lit private studios with 24-hour access provide space for a number of disciplines and are equipped with desks, chairs, sinks, cabinets, extended table surface, spot lighting, professional easels for drawing and painting, taborets, corkboards and other basic furnishings. Internet service is provided as is the use of a color printer, copier and fax machine. Other equipment is available upon request.

Residency Fees

$2,500 per two-week residency (including lodging, meals, studios, etc.) Partial scholarships are available.

Stipends / other support

Golden Apple scholarships are available.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

4850 Rivers Edge Drive
Mt. Pleasant , Michigan 48858
United States