Bloom Together Auction

We hope you can help the Arts bloom in our community by participating in

August 14th-Sept. 6th, 2020

Consider donating a work of art or two from your studio holdings, drawers, or storage to the auction. You can choose to donate your artwork in-kind or donate half of the sale. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and do good.

If you can’t donate artwork, you can still support us! If you know someone who owns a local business that would like to sponsor of the Virtual Garden Party, please see the bottom of this page for links to print auction sponsor forms.

Virtual Garden Party with Live Painters

Saturday, August 29th, 2020 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

The Bloom Together Auction aims to raise support for local artists by directly supporting individuals making art and by supporting the arts studio that helps facilitate their work. Artascope Studios is a non-profit community arts center that works with local artists as teachers. We offer affordable, creative opportunities for the community. Thanks to generous support from community members, last year’s event raised more than $14,000 to cover operating expenses for the year.  We are hoping to do the same again.

Your generosity and sacrifice mean so much, and will assist us in our mission to continue to bring people together through creativity, expression and activity. If you are not a member, please consider being one to support art in the community.

To donate, please complete the form by August 7th, and email it to or print and mail it to:

Artascope Studios, Attn: Bloom Together Auction, 48 Railroad Square, Yarmouth, ME 04096

If you would like to help procure donations from artists or business owners you know personally, we invite you to print out either the Letter to Artists and/or the Letter to Businesses to hand out to potential donors, along with the Auction Donation Form.

Art on Wheels Cocktail Party Fundraiser & Live Painting with Jill Hoy

Come watch the amazing Jill Hoy as she creates a painting inside the truck museum.

Enjoy wine, hors d’ ouevres, and live music by Dan Moore and friends.

View and purchase artwork by Jill Hoy, Suzanne deLesseps, Joelle Feldman, Coralie Curran, Pamela Hetherly, Catherine Bickford, Sandie Roberts, and other local artists.

Art auction items include paintings, mosaics, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry.

Friday, September 13th, 2019
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $25.00 per person

(Please register online in advance so we know how many to expect.)

Held at the Bickford Collection Truck Museum
38 Yarmouth Junction off East Elm Street, Yarmouth, ME (near Cuddledown)


Art on Wheels Jill Hoy event

Tickets: $25.00 per person (Please register online in advance so we know how many to expect.)


If paying by check, please mail payment to the Bickford Education Center, 48 Railroad Square, Yarmouth, ME 04096 by Monday, September 9th, 2019.

A huge thank you to our 2019 sponsors:

Brickyard Hollow

Cardente Real Estate

Corey + Then


Hancock Lumber

Lebel & Harriman

Patriot Insurance Company

Scott Dugas Trucking

The Mahan Collection Foundation

All proceeds benefit the (bec) and its commitment to strengthen the fabric of the local community by promoting education and connection as a bridge to the future of Maine. Artascope at bec is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises money for experiential education programs by offering art classes and studio memberships in Yarmouth, Maine. We provide a relaxed, supportive environment to the broader community where individuals can share their work, ideas, and discoveries with one another.

Contact us to learn how you can be a 2019 Business Sponsor.

Art on Wheels

Join Us at the 2019 Yarmouth Clam Festival

We’re seeking volunteers to help us at our Art Expo on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We need extra hands to help staff our Make & Take projects, and to assist with set-up on Friday or take-down on Saturday afternoon. Available shifts are 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Free parking for volunteers at the Bickford Education Center, just a short walk from the festivities.

Contact us at by July 8th, 2019 and put “Art Expo Volunteer Interest” in the subject line.

Artisan Pop-ups During Yarmouth Hometown Holidays

Artascope Open Studio at Railroad Square

48 Railroad Square – 10am to 4pm: Help us welcome the season on Saturday, December 1st with our Open Studio during Yarmouth Hometown Holidays. We will be raffling off a chance to win a 3-month studio membership. This is the perfect time to learn how a membership can fulfill your creative needs with open studio member hours and discounts on classes. Meet studio members and take a tour of our spacious facility for painting, metalsmithing, glass work, and ceramics. Festive refreshments will be available, as well as the chance to make a free ornament.

Shops featuring our talented studio members and teachers will be “popping up” in the Gallery at Railroad Square located at Artascope at 48 Railroad Square.You don’t want to miss this one day event as you support local artisans and fill your need for retail therapy. Holiday gift options will include paintings, fine jewelry, metal work, fiber art, and more! Hours will be 10 am to 4 pm.

~ Posted November 12, 2018

Open House, Demos, and Pop-up Shops in October

Stop by Artascope from 10am-4pm at the Bickford Education Center during Maine Craft Weekend on October 13th and 14th and take a tour of our spacious facility for studying and practicing painting, metal smithing, glass work and pottery. Meet current members working on their craft during open studio hours and learn how they utilize their membership benefits at our facility.

There will be pop-up demos by members and teachers, plus, on Sunday, you can observe a class in stained glass in progress. Concurrently, The Gallery At Railroad Square will be offering pop-up shops in one of our spacious classrooms. This event will feature member artists and artisans showcasing their skills, many of which they have learned or practiced at Artascope. Items in this event will be for sale by the artists, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the school’s mission.

~ Published October 3, 2018

Collaborative Portrait Honors Erv Bickford

Grab your square before it’s too late! The Third Annual Art on Wheels Friend Raiser & Family BBQ will be held on Saturday, September 22nd. For the last two years, many of us have collaborated on a fun project, the brain child of Susan Bickford, and we’re doing it again this year.

How does it work, you ask? It’s so easy–just stop by Artascope at the Bickford Education Center and choose a piece from a photograph which Susan has enlarged and cut into 8″x8″ squares. You can reproduce your square however you like and then turn it in to be reassembled with the other squares. The result is quite exciting to see.

The final piece, which this year commemorates former Yarmouth town councilor Erv Bickford, will be on display during the Art on Wheels event held at the Bickford Collection Truck Museum on Saturday, September 22nd.

The deadline for the finished squares is September 15th (coming right up) so come pick yours soon!

You’re invited to join us at the studio on Saturday, September 15th from 1:00-4:00pm to help finish creating our collaborative portrait. In previous years, people have used fabric, paint, paper, Encaustic wax, and watercolor to make their squares unique.

We look forward to seeing you that day. It will be great fun creating and chatting with other artists.

~ Published on September 4, 2018

Fun in the Sun at the 2018 Yarmouth Clam Festival

We had a great turnout at our Art Expo during this year’s Clam Fest. With teacher demos and free Make-and-Take projects, festival-goers enjoyed taking a creative break under our big tent at Village Green Park, just down the street from the main festival activities.

Those who stopped to visit our Art Expo could make gel printed cards and origami peace cranes on Friday, and button jewelry and fish prints on Saturday. They were also able to watch studio members and Artascope teachers demonstrate upcoming classes such as Hand Building with Clay, Expressions in Painting, Beginning Metalsmithing, and Precious Metal Clay.

Our Art Expo is a great way to check out what we have to offer here at Artascope. Be sure to join us next year at the 2019 Yarmouth Clam Fest to make your very own keepsake art.

~ Published on July 28, 2018

Art Supply Swap at Artascope on January 20th

Due to the expected freezing rain on Jan. 13th, we have postponed the Art Supply Swap to Saturday, January 20th. That gives you even more time to sort through your stash.

Do you have art/craft supplies gathering dust in your closet? We at Artascope sure do! Do you feel the time has come to let some of it go?

Artascope will be hosting an ART SUPPLY SWAP at 48 Railroad Square. Bring your new or gently used art supplies into the studio so they can find a home with another artist. And you might be inspired by what others bring in too.

Anything left over will be donated to various organizations.

Gift Certificates On Sale During Our Open Studio

Help us welcome the season with our Open Studio during the Yarmouth Hometown Holidays on Saturday, December 2nd. We will be raffling off a chance to win a 3-month studio membership. Don’t know what membership means? This is a great time to learn. See studio members creating and take a tour of our spacious facility for painting, metalsmithing, and glass work. Make an ornament in our member lounge and enjoy festive refreshments.

Need a gift for that special someone? Gift Certificates are ON SALE for 10% OFF during the Open Studio.

Be sure to also check out the work of our talented artisans and other local artists at the Gallery at Railroad Square in its NEW location at 298 Main Street at Railroad Square. Holiday gift options include paintings, glass art, fine jewelry, metalwork, handmade cards, pottery, fiber art, bags, pillows, and more.

Artascope Artisan Trunk Show on November 17th

Stop by the Gallery at Railroad Square on Friday, November 17th from 5-8pm at its new location–298 Main Street at Railroad Square in Yarmouth–for an Artisan Trunk Show. Meet Artascope studio members, browse their art for sale, and enjoy some light refreshments with friends.

Featuring oil, acrylic, silk and watercolor paintings, brazed metal sculptures, fine silver and fused glass jewelry, glass Mandalas, handmade books, needle-felted creatures, silk scarves, precious metal clay jewelry, wet felted bags, scarves and vessels, and so much more.

Metal Sculptures & Snowflakes 
by KC Putnam

Fused Glass Jewelry & Stained Glass Mandalas
by Bonnie Faulkner

Fabric Art & PMC jewelry 
by Gay Peterson

Sterling Silver Jewelry & Paintings 
by Sandie Roberts

Talisman Jewelry & Leather Bracelets
by Catherine Bickford

~ Published November 14, 2017

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