Maine sculptor in Deer Isle for 2-week artist residency, exhibition

Posted April 18, 2011, at 8:14 p.m.

DEER ISLE, Maine — Sculptor Randy Regier of Portland is the visiting artist for Haystack’s spring 2011 Community-Based Artist Residency. Regier will be at the Deer Isle-Stonington High School on May 2-13, where he will work with students who will have the opportunity to watch him create his sculptures, learn new techniques and discuss ideas.

Artist residencies are part of Haystack’s expanded community programming and this one was organized because Regier’s work directly ties into the applied engineering program at the high school and with the students’ interests.

Regier’s sculpture will be on display May 12-June 19, at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs.

In addition to the exhibition, Regier will be on hand for three public events: Meet the Artist 2-4 p.m. Thursday, May 12, and Sunday, June 19, at the school’s Center for Community Programs; and Artist Talk at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19, in Gateway Auditorium on Haystack’s campus. All events are free.

Sculptor Regier has worked in the auto-body industry, restored and repaired antique toys and was a freelance cartoonist. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Kansas State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from Maine College of Art, Portland.

Regier’s work has been featured in exhibitions, installations, and is in private and public collections, including Belger Arts Collection, Kansas City, Mo.; the Marianne Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan; The Washburn-Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kan.; Emprise Bank Collection, Wichita, Kan.; and the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Mass.

Haystack’s Community-Based Artist Residency with Randy Regier is supported by Island Education Foundation, a SMART, or Schools Make Arts Relevant Today, grant from the Maine Arts Commission, Quimby Family Foundation, and Haystack’s Program Endowment.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international, nonprofit, research and studio program in the arts. The school’s campus is located in Sunshine on Deer Isle, and the school’s Center for Community Programs is located at 22 Church St. in Deer Isle village. For more information, call 348-2306 or visit www.haystack-mtn.org.

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