Building ice sculpturesICE & SMELT FESTIVAL: Our year officially starts on Saturday February 7 with our annual Ice &Smelt Festival. In addition to games, competitions, art activities, the opening of our winter exhibit andthe BEST BEARD Contest we will have an Ice Carving Demonstration.


Sub Zero Ice Carvings will do a daylong demonstration using 3 ton blocks of ice. Come experience the beauty and magic of ice!


Indoor and outdoor activities are planned to engage and entertain the young and old.



Pottery project bowls

Glazed Bowls for Soup and Bread Supper




In the evening we will offer a soup supper featuring a variety of soups, from the traditional to the exotic. This year we will partner with the Bowdoinham Food Pantry and the MAC Pottery Project.

Soup will be offered (for a donation) in the traditional disposable bowls (recyclable) as well as in special bowls (for an additional donation) created by our local potters. Proceeds for the event will benefit both MAC and Bowdoinham Food Pantry.

The festival will draw to a close with the launching of beautiful Sky Lanterns that drift into the night
sky with a warm glow.


MAC POTTERY PROJECT: The Merrymeeting Arts Center Pottery Project will be offering classes, workshops and special events for potters of all levels and all ages. We have added two electric wheels for throwing pottery as well as traditional foot-powered wheels. Our new programmable kiln allows us to fire on site.

We are offering group classes and private lessons; classes for young and old, beginners and experienced potters. Want a class? Email or call and leave us a message.

MAKE AND TAKE: This popular activity has been part of Celebrate Bowdoinham and the Holiday Festival for many years. It actually started as Drop in Art at the Gazebo during the summer vacation with Peggy Muir. Now it is back during the school year by popular demand. Watch our website for information about this new art class!

EXHIBITS: Think SMALL…smelt shacks, tiny homes, dollhouses. Winter is the perfect time to think of cozy and small = cozy. Our winter-themed exhibit will open in February for the Ice & Smelt Festival.

In April we will open our annual emerging artists show for young people aged 18 and under. This year’s theme will be “Vernal Pools: Fiddleheads and Ferns”. Start fiddling around with the idea for your art project and then join us this spring as we host fiddlers and fiddle activities, fern walks and fern printing. Check the website in March for more information.

WINTER VACATION: Let’s build dollhouses or just a room. Perhaps make pottery to complement the tiny décor. The arts center will be hosting workshops and activities during the February School Break. Let us know what interests you and we will offer it!


At our annual meeting in November MAC approved our new structure which includes an Executive Board of Directors, an Advisory Council and an Administrative Coordinator. This restructuring was a result of the strategic planning process made possible by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. Funding from the Town Of Bowdoinham has enable MAC to hire a part time Administrative Coordinator.

Lee Parker, Forrest Lowe, Wendy Rose and Carter Smith were elected to the Executive Board. The Board will meet 4 or more times during the year with a focus on Message (PR), Management (Policy) and Money (Fund Raising). The Board would like to expand to 7 members. If you are interested please contact Lee Parker at or call 310-5002 and leave a message.

Peggy Muir, Patti Melander, Mark Ireland and Matt Ahlers are current members of the Advisory Council. Additional members are welcome at any time. This group will continue collaborations with organizations and individuals in planning events and exhibits.

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