Art Gone Wild

In the summer of 2023, Waterfall Arts partnered with Coastal Mountains Land Trust to provide a fun and accessible way to engage with art on their trails in two different programs.

Land trusts are democratic spaces—they are free to all, and are places for social and cultural interaction. Open spaces play a variety of functions: they are good for walking and hiking, reading and relaxing; for those who love nature but don’t have a garden, preserves are an oasis of biodiversity. Arts and culture programs presented in these places—art-making opportunities, exhibitions and art installations, concerts, or theater —are opportunities for the public to have greater arts access. Other benefits include being introduced to new kinds of art experiences and viewing or interacting with art in a less formal setting. Art in public spaces helps people feel more connected to their community.

ART GONE WILD: Micro-Residencies

These one-weekend art exhibitions brought programming to the Head of Tide and Stover Preserves in Belfast. Events included art installations, artist talks, interactive workshops and locative art for people to encounter as they used the trails. 

Click on the links (artists names) to view photos of their projects.

July 14 & 15, 2023 – Smudge Studio Jamie Kruse and Liz Ellsworth

August 20, 2023 – Devon Kelley-Yurdin

September 17, 2023 – Peter Walls and Allegra Kuhn

See photos of all of these events here.


In the Media:

Click here for the official press release.

PenBay Pilot, June 17, 2023

The Republican Journal, June 30, 2023


Next time you venture to one of the Waldo County preserves that are part of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust (CMLT) network, you might see a unique-looking trailhead. In fact: it’s not a trailhead, but an Art Cart!

In the spring of 2022, Ryan O’Neill from CMLT, came up with the design and fashioned a prototype, ultimately making its debut appearance during Karen Olson’s Artist Talk at Head of Tide in mid-June 2022. The Art Gone Wild Cart is a miniature gallery and a chance for folks to add to it using the art supplies in the box provided. So next time you see the cart, stop and write a poem or draw what you see around you. Make your mark!

Have you seen the Art Gone Wild trailhead out in the wild? We’d love to share your photos on social media and on this page!


Amy Tingle

Program Director

207-338-2222 ext.104

Waterfall Arts COVID-19 Update

Following CDC recommendations and guidelines, Waterfall Arts will no longer require masking, proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test for patrons, students, or visitors to attend classes, openings or any events at the Waterfall Arts building