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A sunflower with butterfly love


One-week Art Residency Retreat stays start Saturday, June 1, 2024. This can be a collaborative residency experience - up to 4 creatives may be present during any of the designated periods. Or it could just be you. I find that a certain type of "buzz" happens when creative spirits share space.  It creates its own energy.  

Engage with your creative process. Light it on fire or release it slowly. Whether it's painting, drawing, photography, writing or some other method of making art, you'll find a special energy here that helps make it bee. The building offers sweeping views of the Narragaugus River as it meets the Narragaugus Bay. The entire back side of the building, including the studio, faces the water.  The light is amazing with long windows and skylights.  It's a magical place to create.   

Explore 90 Acres of undeveloped land, consisting of wild blueberry barrens, granite ledges, a local 1800's cemetery and deep evergreen forest when you're not gawking at or photographing, drawing or painting that view! Enjoy seasonal flower and vegetable gardens and plein air painting on the deck, in the garden or on the ledge. End the day around the firepit to share stories, successes or frustrations. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are just over an hour's drive. Schoodic Peninsula (part of Acadia, located in Winter Harbor, Maine) is less than 20 minutes. Hundreds of hiking trails within a 15 minute drive. This is an artists dream!

Art Retreat/Residency Stays include:   

  • Accommodations* at Gust House for 7 nights, a 3-bedroom cottage within sight of The Bee

  • Access to the Bee's 1100 SF Studio, common areas (kitchen, dining, 1/2 bath) and grounds 

  • Family style, New England dinners served nightly at The Bee 

  • Single occupancy, private queen room w/shared bath - $1550 (2 available) 

  • Single occupancy, private king room w/private bath - $1655 (1 available)

  • Double occupancy, private king room w/private bath - $2575 (for couples)

  • Saturday to Saturday (check-in 3pm // checkout 11:00am)

  • Available Weeks: 6/1/24, 6/8/24, 6/15/24, 6/22/24

  • Free 9:30 a.m. Yoga class on checkout day 

  • 1 4-hour guided outing (painters/sketchers bring your own Plein Air rig) 

  • Deposit required at booking; residency must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to start date; installment payments available

*Gust House offers a full kitchen for residency guests to prepare meals other than nightly, family-style dinners served in the dining room of The Foggy Bee. ​

Front porch with poppies blooming
Plein air painting at the firepit
The studio with that water view
Sunset from the cove

Outings and excursions are available through local third-party adventure guides (at an extra cost). The Foggy Bee will assist with making arrangements directly with independent providers. June is early season. Lupines, peonies and poppies will be in bloom. Fresh catch is abundant, eagles and sea birds are nesting.  Maine comes alive in June. Everything is green!  

Baloo - the resident canine assistant
Baloo on the deck

Meet Baloo, a super friendly, slightly goofy 11-year old lab mix.  He is often found out on the deck, lounging in the garden or watching the birds from the front porch.  He may also be under your feet in the studio if you don't mind (if you do, no worries, he'll be with his owner in another location).  If you're allergic to dogs it might be something to consider. While he doesn't have to be underfoot (and won't be in your accommodation at all), he is often around the studio and is always on the property. He does sing and dance, so the entertainment value offsets the sloppy love. An added bonus. Woof.

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