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Artist in Residence Series

 

Our Artist in Residence Series is a collaboration between a variety of talented makers and creatives and Spruce Point Inn. Each workshop will be truly unique, but all promise to be an interactive and fun experience that celebrates the arts, fosters creativity, and offers a hands-on education.

 

Meet the Artists

 

Johanna & Steve Corman

of Vena’s Fizz House  

Mixology  |  June 6-9

 

In 2013, Steve and Johanna Corman founded Vena’s Fizz House, a cocktail/mocktail bar and mixology shop in Portland, Maine. Since then they have gained national acclaim for their cocktails and mocktails featuring bitters, tonics, spirits, syrups and “shrubs.” As seen in Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNN, the Cormans have delighted locals and travelers from afar with a mixture of nostalgic and innovative beverages prepared with simple, clean, and organic ingredients.

 

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Mixology Workshop Itinerary: 

Sunday, June 6th | 4pm - 6pm

Arrival Day | Meet & Greet 

Meet Steve and Johanna Corman and learn about Vena's Fizz House and their philosophy behind their cocktail and mocktail creations.

Monday, June 7th | 2pm - 3:30pm

Mixology Day 1: By Land & By Sea

During this hands-on workshop, you'll cover:

  • Introduction to Vena's Fizz House
  • Crafting Cocktails - Maine Margarita and Sea Rose
  • Inspiration for Foraging Seasonal Ingredients to use in Beverage Making
  • Tools of the Trade - The "What's" and "Why's" of Barware and How to Use Them
  • How to Infuse Spirits and Make Your Own Bitters
  • Building a Perfect Drink - Balance of Ingredients and When to Shake or Stir

Tuesday, June 8th | 2pm - 3:30pm

Mixology Day 2: Spruce Point Inn in the 1920's

During this hands-on workshop, you'll cover:

  • Historical overview of Prohibition and how it changed the way America drank
  • The history of "rum runners'' along the Maine coast
  • How botanicals, like juniper berries, were used to temper the harsh taste of "bathtub gin"
  • Crafting Cocktails - Create two Prohibition-era drinks using whiskey and gin: the Old Fashioned and South Side Fizz

 

Overnight packages for this 3 night experience start at $301 per night, per couple and include overnight accommodations of your choice, Meet & Greet session, 2 days of workshops, as well as cocktail kits, inclusive of all barware, tools and ingredients needed for the workshops. Outside of the itinerary, you're invited to enjoy the activities and amenities of Spruce Point Inn and the local area. 

Purchase Your Mixology Workshop Package Today! Call (800) 553-0289 or Click Here to Book Online.

Erica Qualey

Watercolor Painting  |  June 15-18

 

Erica Qualey lives in mid-coast Maine where she works as a professional watercolor artist and illustrator. She has exhibited in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. Recently, one of her paintings has been selected to be published in Splash 19, a yearly publication of watercolor paintings from North America. She has lead workshops for adults at Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ArtWaves DMI on Mount Dessert Island, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deere Isle, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and other art associations. She has participated in visiting artist programs in public schools and has run art programming for children at Skidompha Library. 

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Watercolor Workshop Itinerary: 

Tuesday, June 15th | 4pm - 6pm

Arrival Day | Meet & Greet 

Meet Erica Qualey, enjoy a live painting demo and Q&A with the artist while sampling some delightful wine and cheese.

Wednesday, June 16th | 10am - 11:30am & 1:30pm-3pm 

Watercolor Workshop Day 1

Enjoy a hands-on, step-by-step outdoor watercolor session in the morning while enjoying some fresh sea breeze. You're welcome to enjoy lunch on your own in The Salty Stag, our Grandview Deck or a gourmet picnic to go before rejoining the group for an afternoon session at 1:30pm. All skill levels are welcome! 
 

Thursday, June 17th | 10am - 11:30am & 1:30pm-3pm 

Watercolor Workshop Day 2

Enjoy another hands-on, step-by-step outdoor watercolor session beginning at 10am. Following this session, you're once again welcome to enjoy lunch on your own before rejoining the group for an afternoon session at 1:30pm. All skill levels are welcome! 

 

Overnight packages for this 3 night experience start at $444 per night, per couple and include overnight accommodations of your choice, Meet & Greet session with wine and cheese, 2 days of workshops, as well as all watercolor supplies. Lunch is not included in this package. Outside of the itinerary, you're invited to enjoy the activities and amenities of Spruce Point Inn and the local area. 

Purchase Your Watercolor Workshop Package Today! Call (800) 553-0289 or Click Here to Book Online.

Meghan Sterling 

Poetry  |  June 19-22

 

Meghan Sterling is a published poet who has conducted poetry writing workshops up and down the coast. Based out of Portland, Maine, her work can be seen in Rattle, the Inflectionist Review, Rise Up Review, Balancing Act 2, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Driftwood Press, Sky Island Journal, Literary Mama, the Mom Egg Review and others. Her chapbook, How We Drift, was published by Blue Lyra Press. She is Associate Poetry Editor for the Maine Review, Featured Poet in Frost Meadow Review’s Spring 2020 issue, a Dibner Fellow at the 2020 Black Fly Writer’s Retreat, and a Hewnoaks Artists’ Colony Resident in 2019 and upcoming 2021.  Her debut full-length poetry collection, These Few Seeds, was released in 2021 from Terrapin Books. 

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Poetry Workshop Itinerary: 

Saturday, June 19th | 4pm - 6pm

Arrival Day | Meet & Greet 

Meet Meghan Sterling, and enjoy an informal Q&A with the poet while sampling some delightful wine and cheese.

Sunday, June 20th | 10am - 11:30am & 1:30pm-3pm 

Poetry Workshop Day 1

Renew and deepen your relationship to nature with the power of poetry. During our morning workshop we'll read and discuss poetry by the likes of Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry and Emily Dickinson. You're welcome to enjoy lunch on your own in The Salty Stag, our Grandview Deck or a gourmet picnic to go before rejoining the group as we write our own responses and reflections to the themes in the poems and the scenes of beauty that surround us. 

Monday, June 21st | 10am - 11:30am & 1:30pm-3pm 

Poetry Workshop Day 2

Enjoy another morning workshop where we'll read and discuss a different selection of poetry by the likes of Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, Robert Frost, Wendell Berry and Emily Dickinson. You're welcome to enjoy lunch on your own in The Salty Stag, our Grandview Deck or a gourmet picnic to go before rejoining the group for an afternoon session as we write our own responses and reflections to the themes in the poems and the scenes of beauty that surround us. Guests of this day will also receive a copy of Meghan's brand new book, These Few Seeds.

 

Overnight packages for this 3 night experience start at $413 per night, per couple and include overnight accommodations of your choice, Meet & Greet session with wine and cheese, 2 days of workshops and supplies, as well as a copy of "These Few Seeds". Lunch is not included in this package. Outside of the itinerary, you're invited to enjoy the activities and amenities of Spruce Point Inn and the local area. 

Purchase Your Poetry Workshop Package Today! Call (800) 553-0289 or Click Here to Book Online.

Gonzalo Jimenez

Chocolate  |  Sept. 6-9

 

Chef Gonzo Jimenez was born in Northern Argentina, raised in a Spanish household surrounded by good food and long family meals. After completing his culinary studies in Buenos Aires, he traveled around the country working for 5 star hotels and celebrity chefs. Over the years, Chef Gonzo worked for large hotels in the United States including the St. Julien in Boulder, CO and The Hyatt Corporation in New Orleans and New York. Most notable amongst his various accomplishments throughout this period was the launch of his personal line of chocolates, providing different hotels throughout Manhattan, NY with high end confections.

In 2013, he moved back to South America to work at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Santiago de Chile. Soon after he accepted a highly coveted position with Barry Callebaut as a Corporate Chef for the South American Region and Director of the Chocolate Academy in Chile. 

Chef Gonzo has traveled throughout North and South America teaching classes and performing demos. His work and creations have been published in European and North American pastry magazines such as Dulcypas from Barcelona, Dessert Professional and the New York Times.

He is currently the co-owner and chocolatier of Miette et Chocolat, and resides with his wife in Denver.

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Chocolate Workshop Itinerary: 

Monday, Sept. 6th | 4pm - 6pm

Arrival Day | Meet & Greet 

Meet Chef Gonzo Jimenez and learn a bit about his culinary style while sampling some delightful wine and chocolate.

Tuesday, Sept. 7th | 4pm - 6pm

Chocolate Workshop Day 1

Gather for a special chocolate cooking class with Chef Gonzo. During this workshop, you'll learn a variety of tips and tricks allowing you to masterfully create delicious chocolate creations at home. Following the class, Chef Gonzo will serve a collection of signature chocolate dishes for you to indulge in.

Wednesday, Sept. 8th | 4pm - 6pm

Chocolate Workshop Day 2

Gather for another chocolate cooking class with Chef Gonzo. During this workshop, you'll learn a variety of tips and tricks allowing you to masterfully create delicious chocolate creations at home. Following the class, Chef Gonzo will serve a collection of signature chocolate dishes for you to indulge in.

 

Overnight packages for this 3 night experience start at $305 per night, per couple and include overnight accommodations of your choice, Meet & Greet session with wine and chocolate, and 2 days of chocolate workshops. Outside of the itinerary, you're invited to enjoy the activities and amenities of Spruce Point Inn and the local area. 

Purchase Your Chocolate Workshop Package Today! Call (800) 553-0289 or Click Here to Book Online.

Olivier Gaupin

Coastal French Cuisine  |  Sept. 14-17

 

A native of Orleans, France and a graduate of France’s CFA Charles Peguy School, Chef Olivier Gaupin developed a passion for fine food and wine at an early age. Gaupin followed his family’s heritage of fine chefs to pursue a career in the culinary field and has been sharing his talents throughout Europe and across the U.S. for more than 25 years.

In 2013, Gaupin was inducted into the Maîtres Cuisinier de France (Master Chef of France); one of only four chefs in the State of Texas to carry the distinguished title. In addition, he has received the Five Diamond Award from AAA, and has been noted in several publications throughout the U.S.

Chef Gaupin’s international career highlights include serving as Chef de Partie of the Michelin rated Hotel Negresco in Nice, France, serving as personal Chef for the Defense Minister in Paris, serving as Chef de Partie at the famed Hotel Stuva Colani in St. Moritz, Switzerland; in addition to, serving as a Private Chef for high profile yacht owners.

In the U.S. Chef Gaupin has led kitchens in some of the country’s most distinguished restaurants and hotels including Provence Restaurant under the leadership of Yannick Cam, the Pfister Hotel, The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta and St. Louis among others. 

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Culinary Workshop Itinerary: 

Tuesday, Sept. 14th | 4pm - 6pm

Arrival Day | Meet & Greet 

Meet Chef Olivier Gaupin, learn a little about his cooking philosophy and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres

Meet & Greet Menu:

  • Cold Smoked Ōra King Salmon | Seaweed Brioche | Caviar | Squid Ink Sea Salt Butter Cream 
  • Local Oyster Broth | Sea Urchin Custard | Lardons and Onion Brioche
  • Octopus | Confit Pepper with Saffron and Olive Oil | Basil & Olive Chicken Jus Vinaigrette
  • Smoked Duck Poitrine | Garlic Sun-dried Tomato Purée | Sourdough Chips | Duck Skin Crumble
  • Cured Tomato Tartar | Celery Leaf Ice Cream | Eggplant Chips 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 15th | 10am - 12:30pm

Culinary Class Day 1: The West Coast of France | Brittany

10am: 3 Course Cooking Class (Outdoors weather permitting)

  • Arrival Savory Cocktail | Brief Meet & Greet 
  • Introduction to Each Course and the Importance of Quality Ingredients
  • Cooking Class (1 hour)
    • 1st Course: Thai Curry Scented Lobster Soup | Smoked Haddock | Leek and Potatoes
    • 2nd Course:
      • Braised Local Farm Chicken Leg | Pork Sausage | Local Shrimp | Tarragon Lemon Beurre Blanc 
      • Whipped Potatoes with Clam Butter | Seasonal Roasted Vegetables 
    • 3rd Course: Gateau Breton | Pinecone and Honey Ice Cream 

11:30am: Long Table Family Style Lunch (Outdoors weather permitting)

Guests will receive recipe cards for each dish.

 

Thursday, Sept. 16th | 2pm - 3:30pm

Culinary Class Day 2: Backyard Lobster Experience

9am: Lobster Trapping 101 Demo | Meet & Greet/Q&A with a Local Fisherman 

10:30am: Cooking Class (1 hour)

  • 1st Course: Heirloom Tomato Salads | Pressed Watermelon, Sea Salt and Crushed Mint | Peaches and Pickled Onions
  • 2nd Course: Wood Burning Grill Lobster | Steamed Clams and Mussels | Boiled Potatoes | Corn | Smoked Sausage | Wild Mushroom
  • 3rd Course: Dessert TBD

11:30am: Lunch (Outdoors weather permitting)

Guests will receive a signed Master Chefs of France Cookbook.

Overnight packages for this 3 night experience start at $344 per night, per couple and include overnight accommodations of your choice, Meet & Greet session, 2 days of workshops, lunch during workshops, recipe cards and signed MCF cookbook. Outside of the itinerary, you're invited to enjoy the activities and amenities of Spruce Point Inn and the local area. 

Purchase Your Culinary Workshop Package Today! Call (800) 553-0289 or Click Here to Book Online.

David Marx

Photography  |  Sept. 19 - 24

 

David Marx specializes in teaching landscape, travel and night photography. For the past two decades, David has taught workshops for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Glacier Photo Guides and at the Viewfinder Center for Photography.

Davids entertaining teaching style works well for photography students of all skill levels. David delights in helping others improve their landscape photography skills and he is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and in Adobe Photoshop.

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Come join us for a five-day Coastal Maine Photography Seminar as we photograph the iconic landscapes and landmarks of the Maine Mid-Coast. Photographers of all skill levels will love the opportunity to learn from professional photography instructor David Marx as we explore the bays and harbors around the Spruce Point Inn.

Each day, David will lead the small group to carefully selected locations that highlight the unique beauty and character of the Maine Coast. The field trips will take you to gorgeous locations like the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Ocean Point, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Burnt Island Lighthouse. Spruce Point itself and the lobster boat docks of Boothbay Harbor will feature prominently in your excursions. Along the way, David Marx will discuss contemporary photography techniques and help each participant improve their work.

Presented September 19th -24th, our photography workshop package starts at $365 per night and includes five nights of accommodations, and the following for 1 participant: all meals, admission to designated area attractions, and seminar fees.  

Optional enhancements are available if you would like to add an additional person to your reservation either as a full participant in the photography workshop (includes meals, area attraction admission and seminar fees) or to add an additional person onto your reservation who will join us for our meals and area attractions only.

For the safety of our guests, we'll ask that you provide you own transportation to the designated off property locations this year. David will provide detailed maps and driving directions for all our field shoots and carpooling will be encouraged but not required.

David Marx invites you to call him at 406.356.6279 or email him at david@davidmarx.com to discuss the workshop, camera equipment, course expectations and your photographic interests.

 

Photography Workshop Itinerary: 

Sunday, Sept. 19th

The workshop will begin at 6pm with a photo shoot at the Spruce Point Inn’s oceanside pool and dock. We will move inside, after the sun has set, for a group dinner together and to discuss logistics for the week.

Monday, Sept 20th

We will begin our first full day with a brief series of lectures on photography fundamentals and essential camera techniques. At noon, our group will depart for a series of field shoots as we make our way over to the gorgeous Pemaquid Point Lighthouse for sunset.

Tuesday, Sept 21st

On Tuesday, you will get plenty of practice time and personal assistance, as we journey together over to the Maine Maritime Museum and other scenic spots in the Bath area. We will spend the whole day at various field shoot locations and will finish things off with sunset at the unique Doubling Point Lighthouse along the shore of the Kennebec River.

Wednesday, Sept 22nd

Wednesday will be another full day of photography fun. The highlights of the day will be our trip over to the expansive Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and a sunset field shoot from the tip of the Southport peninsula. David will sprinkle live demonstrations throughout the day to help you get the most out of your time at the botanical gardens and some of our other picturesque stops.

Thursday, Sept 23rd

Our final full day of shooting together will begin with an exclusive pre-dawn journey by boat across the harbor to the Burnt Island Lighthouse. We will have the whole island to ourselves for sunrise thanks to special permission from the lighthouse keeper! After a morning break, we will journey out to Squirrel Island and end the day with one more sunset shoot beside the ocean.

Friday, Sept 24th

Our workshop will end on Friday morning with a closing slideshow of participant’s work and breakfast together. Our program will wrap up by 11am with time for guests to check out of the hotel and bid everyone fond farewells.

 

Purchase Your Photography Workshop Package Today! Call (800) 553-0289 or Click Here to Book Online.

For reservations or additional information, call 800.553.0289 or email us at spi@sprucepointinn.com. 

*As always, you can expect the same warmth and serenity enjoyed for generations at Spruce Point Inn, alongside responsible efforts to keep everyone safe. This includes masks worn by staff, socially distant environments, proactive sanitizing and sanitization stations, and a commitment to keeping up with the recommendations and mandates from the CDC and Governor’s office. All 2021 activities, times and details listed are based on availability and subject to change. 

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