If you are a retreat planner, we encourage you to consider how our stunning new 4000 sq ft. Art Space could be used to bring the "creative spirit" into your event while you are here on campus.  We have a large spacious room upstairs, a small pottery studio (four wheels), a woodworking shop, and a fiber arts space downstairs (both floors are accessible). If you would like to use this space for art activities, please contact Mary Romano, our reservations manager. Mary can also help you get in touch with our Artist-in-Residence to see how that person could lead an arts workshop for your group using the theme of your retreat. Rates apply.

Learn more about our Art Space.

Learn more about our Artist-in-Residence program.

Ask about Art Programming for your group or for yourself.

See below to learn more about the Artist-in-Residence who will be here during your stay.


 

Martha "Maud" Bartlett - Potter

April - August 2017

Maud's website

A bowl by Martha

This Spring saw the arrival of our fifth Artist-in-Residence: Maud (Martha) Bartlett. Maud is a potter, fabric artist, and general creative spirit.

Maud's first official role in teaching was at SPC in 1984-5 as a young woman when the first pottery studio was created here. "Clay has been my longest enduring medium of choice," she writes. "For 34 years I have been in relationship with clay. When clay wasn't in my life, it was clay that always brought me back to my life.  More recently fabric art has snuck into my consciousness through the back door. I began my fabric art journey while teaching art in the public schools and an artist came to work with my students. Now, it too, is here to stay."

Maud is also very excited to participate in community life at Stony Point Center. "I first spent a summer as a volunteer at SPC in 1980 with Global Villages, along with a host of residents who came from troubled parts of the world and needed temporary refuge. I have always looked at that time as when my true education began."

During her time at Stony Point Center, Maud will focus on making the pottery space come alive -- with wheel working and kiln firing -- as a hub of creativity and conversation for the larger SPC community. She has Open Studio hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm, so if you live in the area, come by and get your hands dirty! She is also initiating some fabric arts adventures, including a workshop with the amazing Kentucky quilt maker and fabric artist, Pat Sturtzel this August 7-9. We hope you can attend! Click here for more information.

 

More about Maud's journey:

Maud's first official role in teaching was at SPC in 1984-5 as a young woman when the first pottery studio was created here.

"The studio became a hub of community and even with my lack of experience the media of clay taught us all. Clay has been my longest enduring medium of choice. For 34 years I have been in relationship with clay. When clay wasn't in my life, it was clay that always brought me back to my life. More recently fabric art has snuck into my consciousness through the back door. I began my fabric art journey while teaching art in the public schools and an artist came to work with my students. Now, it too, is here to stay.

I am now just retiring from 17+ years as a public school art teacher in Louisville, KY (ages 11 and up). My teaching style did not always work well with uncooperative or unmotivated students as I tend to allow the media teach the student and then I would model as needed. Given enough time or a class setting more conducive to intimacy I could usually get my students to take initiative and pride in their work. My class was often the reason they came to school.

During my time at Stony Point Center I hope to be able to make a viable clay space, kiln firing success, wheel working studio a hub of creativity and conversation for the Stony Point Community and its guests while also exploring functional clay forms through aesthetics and functionality."

Martha's Bowls

How does Maud see her art?

The purpose of my art has been personally therapeutic and a tool for dialogue with my inner self. As I have gotten older and have accumulated more 2D visual art than I can display in my home I have turned to the functional arts, bringing beauty to daily experiences like eating and sleeping. I also see art as a medium for creating deep relationships and community.

A few words about Maud's spiritual journey:

I am on a spiritual path. Been on it seriously since I was a child having the presence of Jesus in my bedroom. Yes, I have been flooded with God's light and continue to hone my practices. My practice has come in several ways. My work with young people has given me great opportunity to practice unconditional love. My studies in the martial arts have led me to eastern Taoism and Buddhist teachings which have infiltrated my understandings of this path of life, good and evil, and breathing-movement prayer/unification of mind, body, spirit.  I am also a shamanic practitioner with much experience entering deep conscious space for healing and growth. Added to this non-verbal practice I have just begun a practice of journaling dialogue I learned through classes in the Akashic Records. This has been helpful to be able to put words to the wisdom.

The beginning of Maud's passion for art:

One day when I was little, I had a baby sitter who could draw. She drew a picture of me sitting at the table and she drew me the way I was, with a little white undershirt with the small straps. When she showed it to me I told her I wanted to have different clothes, that I didn't like the undershirt. She said, "Go put on something else." So I ran to my room and changed my shirt. She drew the new shirt right on top of the other one and I saw the magic in it. Wow!  I think I was forever hooked from that moment on. I saw how we make our lives, it doesn't just happen to us...

Martha Maud Bartlett