Artist Ashley Bryan joins College of the Atlantic professors of visual arts Dru Colbert and Nancy Andrews for this COA 2021 Coffee and Conversation talk about Bryan’s many decades crafting whimsical puppets.

Drawing from materials gathered during walks along the beaches of Islesford, Ashley Bryan has crafted an extended family of puppets over the past three decades. Shells, bones, driftwood, and seaglass come together with discarded fishing gear, fabric scraps, and long lost watchbands to form his puppet creations. Bryan joins COA professors Dru Colbert and Nancy Andrews to discuss his process for assembling found materials, bringing these characters to life through poetry, and how a group of these world famous puppets came to COA.

College of the Atlantic’s annual summer event series, including Coffee & Conversations, lectures, screenings, and Summer Institute, offers free presentations, salons, and art from July through early September. The summer series is underwritten by the College of the Atlantic Champlain Society.

We are closely monitoring COVID-19 and CDC recommendations for large gatherings, and remain optimistic that events will be held in person, with livestreaming to allow virtual attendance as well. We will communicate details regarding the format as they become available via email and on our website.

Please register to participate in Coffee & Conversation this summer.

Please email Wes Norton ( or call 207-801-5627 for more information.