Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to a special series of open houses throughout the month of July at Beech Nut, the historic stone hut atop Beech Hill Preserve.

George Mason, a Damariscotta-based sculptor and artist, will install his large, freestanding relief tapestries in the hut as a part of the new Arts on the Hill program at Beech Hill. Utilizing color, texture, light and shadow, Mason’s work acknowledges the depth and tranquility found at Beech Nut. He said he was intrigued by Beech Nut when he first walked into the stone and sod roof building with beautifully restored timbers and vaulted ceiling. He said he felt a “going quiet” within.

“There is simply a still and dynamic presence, and it is nourishing. While there is nothing that needs to be added to this, a question arose, ‘Can an offering of visual work be a deep recognition of this fact?’ The installation in July is my way to engage with this question and to see what unfolds,” he said.

In addition to the regularly scheduled open houses Wednesday, July 2, and Saturday, July 19, the hut will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, July 5 and 26; Wednesdays, July 9 and 30; and Sunday, July 27. There will be an opening reception July 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Mason will be available to answer questions.

With a background in ceramic architectural tile, Mason founded the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, has taught across the country and shown his work throughout his home state of Maine, including Rockport’s Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

The Arts on the Hill program invites artists and musicians to apply to show their work at Beech Nut for a period of time between May and October of each year. For more information, including guidelines and how to apply, contact Membership Coordinator Ellen Skoczenski at Coastal Mountains Land Trust owns and manages Beech Hill Preserve and completed rehabilitation of the historic building from its foundation to its sod roof in November of 2007. The Land Trust has worked since 1986 to permanently conserve land to benefit the natural and human communities of western Penobscot Bay; and has protected more than 9,500 acres in the region for their natural, scenic and public recreation resources. For more information on the Land Trust, visit or call 236-7091.

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