The nonprofit Thompson Community Center is making plans to hold a free or low-cost week-long summer arts camp for local children age 8 to 18 next year and has a couple of fundraisers for the project set for this month.

Some of the creative classes that may be offered at this camp are drawing, painting, sculpture, basketry, photography, calligraphy, beadwork, weaving, woodworking, metalsmithing, found object art, music, dance and poetry. The goal is to serve local students who are seeking a more in-depth study of art and those interested in an introduction to new art forms.

TCC is partnering with the Vose Library of Union on this project. The library will be a valuable resource for art camp students, with its recently created fine craftsmanship collection. The Vose Library has agreed to display donated artwork in the library for all the community to see; and coordinate an art auction, with proceeds going to the TCC Summer Fine Arts and Crafts Camp for children.

Union is rich with talented artists and fine craftsmen. TCC is calling on all artists, craftsmen and art teachers to consider sharing their talents with local students. Organizers would especially like to her from anyone interested in teaching a class or opening his or her studio for a tour during the summer camp. In addition to fundraisers, TCC Summer Fine Arts and Crafts camp is seeking art donations for an auction that will benefit the summer camp. For more information about this program, other programs or to volunteer at the TCC contact Thompson Community Center by writing to TCC, 51 South Union Road 235, Union, ME 04862; calling 975-0352; emailing; or visiting

Wyeth print raffle Oct. 11 and 12

The first fundraiser will be a raffle during the Union Art League’s second annual show Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brooder House auction house on Route 17. Union Arts League will be raffling a signed print by Jamie Wyeth titled “Iris at Sea.” Raffle tickets for this beautiful signed and framed print are $10, and all proceeds from the raffle go to support the TCC Summer Fine Arts and Crafts Camp for children.

Plein air at Sweetgrass

The next fundraiser will be based at Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery during the month of October. Artists interested in displaying their work and working en plein air at the winery are encouraged to contact Sweetgrass for details and to reserve a date in October by emailing

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or