Labor Day weekend will present an opportunity for art fans to experience one of the Midcoast’s little-known gems. Stemwinder Sculpture Works & Gardens will be open Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4 through 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stemwinder features almost three acres of naturally beautiful grounds, where more than 50 works by sculptor Jay Sawyer are showcased. Sawyer’s work is heavily inspired by found objects of industrial nature, many of which become elements in sculptures and often are combined with stone for a rustic look that lends itself to an outdoor setting. The range of work includes representational, figurative and abstract; some pieces are functional as well.  Sawyer also is open to commissions using customer-supplied artifacts for estate projects such as sculpture, water features, gates, rails or mailbox structures.

Sawyer currently is showing work in an international show in Bangor, “Down East Sails Uptown.” Stemwinder will be a stop on the upcoming Country Roads Artisan Tour, Sept. 10, 11 and 12.

Entrance to the Warren sculpture garden is on Route 90, a mile from Route 1; look for the patriotic pick-up. For more information, call 273-3948 or send e-mail to

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to