For those that love nature and sculpture, Stemwinder Sculpture Works & Gardens will hold an open studio Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Resident host sculptor Jay Sawyer recommends some may want to bring their Warren Day chicken barbecue dinners Saturday to enjoy at Stemwinder before heading to the nearby Masonic Hall for the auction.

Located off Route 90, this Maine treasure, tucked in the woods just off the beaten path, is the pride and joy of Sawyer, whose rustic sculpture is suited perfectly for the outdoors. Sawyer’s work is largely inspired by found objects, mainly heavy metal and stone, leading to a body of work with a wide variety. He also is gaining recognition for the selection of spheres he has created using found and discarded materials.

There are acres of lawn, pond and pine grove. ┬áThe gardens’ most recent addition is a 12-foot high mushroom that doubles as an overhead amphitheater. Entry is at 131 Camden Road/Route 90, a quarter mile from Route 1; look for Maine’s most photographed pickup truck. The gardens also are open every Monday through October.

For more information, visit the recently updated website at; or contact Sawyer at 273-3948 or

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