Lifelong learners

WINTER HARBOR — For years, Gouldsboro resident Janis Guyette has scheduled her summer vacation from her job around the drawing, watercolor and other classes offered at the annual Schoodic Arts Festival.

Learning still-life and life drawing, painting, collage, felting and decorative gourd-making and other art forms enriched her time off from work and fired her interest to further expand her artistic skills and return to subsequent festivals. She has taught classes there too.

Wood carvings and gourds are among the many works created by Walter and Janis Guyette of Gouldsboro

“Her [Janis] favorite class at this summer’s festival was called Scratch Board,” related Schoodic Arts for All’s Executive Director Mary Laury. In the reverse form of drawing, a smooth white board is covered with black ink that is scraped away with a sharp tool to reveal the white beneath.

While Janis has focused on visual arts, her husband, Walter, has fashioned an African box drum, a walking stick, a paddle, silver jewelry and an Adirondack chair among other things over the years. When he’s not taking classes, he and his brother run Guyette’s LP Gas in Sorrento.

In addition, the Guyettes have pitched in as volunteers for Schoodic Arts for All’s many, wide-ranging events throughout the year whether it’s hanging artists’ works or hosting the Last Friday Night Coffeehouse.

In recognition of the couple’s steadfast support, Schoodic Arts for All is honoring the Guyettes through an art show, featuring the couple’s wide-ranging creations through the years, on view through November at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.

This past August, the Guyettes took a rare class together — making faerie houses from scratch. The class drew 10 kids and four adults. It took the adults a lot longer to get started but the energy in the room was contagious.

Between the two, the Guyettes have taken well over 100 Schoodic Arts Festival classes to date. He hopes seeing the fruit of their labors will inspire others “to be interested enough to take classes.”

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