Help create The Granite Art Garden: a center for art, history, and sustainabilityOur Goal:
To create the The Granite Art Garden non-profit, previously called the Buell Homestead. We have exciting plans for the the expansion of infrastructure for demonstrations in stonework ,blacksmithing and historic wood-working, which were integral processes in historical quarrying. We are also setting up a free on-going, self-serve, soft stone carving opportunity. In addition, the non-profit will offer internships, residencies and short/long term classes in stonework, Other forms of art, and sustainable lifestyle. Our Story:
This historic granite quarry is located in coastal Downeast Maine. In 1969 my parents, David and Elizabeth Buell, were part of the back to the land movement. They chose an alternative lifestyle of homesteading which included home-schooling, subsistent gardening, forestry, aquaculture, and pryotechnics.
In the 1800s this land was quarried for granite. My parents and I had a dream to share this land and preserve the rich history of quarrying, art and sustainability through educational programs.
Learn more about our non-profit here.
Photo: Old quarry operations courtesy of the Sullivan Historical Society.
Words from our supporters:
“Obadiah Buell has been one of the premier instructors for the Schoodic Arts Festival for much of its 20 year history. His classes are among the most popular and first to fill. The site of the Buell Quarry is a lovely piece of Maine property and the students love working there. Obadiah is an outstanding instructor and is beloved among his students. Recently he joined the roster of the Schoodic Arts for All After School Art Club and led third through sixth grade students to make two amazing sculptures that are installed on the Main Streets of Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro. In addition to being a fabulous instructor, Obadiah is a wonderful sculptor who generously shares his work throughout the region.
-- Mary Laury, Executive Director of Schoodic Arts for All
For this fundraising project the DERC&D (Down East Resource Conservation & Development) has agreed to be our fiscal agent so we may accept tax deductible donations until we receive our own non-profit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt educational corporation status.
Please Make a tax deductible donation through Gofundme or write a check out to DERC&D and mail to: the granite art garden PO box 331 Sullivan, ME 04664.
You can also help by getting in touch to find out other ways to be involved.
Learn more about the DERC&D here.
We appreciate your support!
Photo Above: View of our Quarry with Fish Sculpture.