Creativity Events

ART HOPE Studio: Creative Affirmations for Living Well @ York Hospital Living Well Center
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Make creative wellness art cards for yourself or for friends at York Hospital Oncology. The positive messages and bright artworks are uplifting and fun to create. In our February program, participants can make cards and Valentines for sharing at the Center or with friends and family. We’ll use simple watercolor and drawing mediums and love-themed resources to inspire your affirmations and images. Art materials will be provided.

ART HOPE Studio – Natural Ways To Draw @ York Hospital Living Well Center
Mar 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Learn natural ways to draw using various mediums including charcoal, graphite, and colored pencils. Exploring these materials will enhance observation skills for drawing what is seen and what is imagined. Techniques will focus on creating values of light, line, texture, movement, form, and basic perspective. We’ll talk about drawing and mindfulness, and use practical methods for drawing well and for drawing on the well within. Art materials will be provided. Bring personal artwork to share.

ART HOPE Studio: Spring Floral Painting @ York Hospital Living Well Center
Apr 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Paint and draw in a relaxed open studio with friends. Enjoy learning simple watercolor techniques and the basics of sketching using models inspired by nature and colorful flowers in season. Art materials will be provided. Bring personal artwork to share.

ART HOPE Studio: Art Starts A Conversation @ Ogunquit Museum of American Art
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Ogunquit artist and founder of ART HOPE, Laura Jaquays, for a morning of creative wellness at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She will be the hometown host for a tour of the art galleries and seaside sculpture gardens overlooking Narrow Cove. The program invites participants to enjoy creative mindfulness, observational drawing and writing, and viewing one of Maine’s finest collections at the historic hub of Ogunquit’s art colony. Workshop materials will be provided. This is a free community arts program supported by ART HOPE, the OMAA, and York Hospital Cancer Care. Pre-registration is required.


ART HOPE 1000 Healing Cranes Honoring National Cancer Survivor’s Day @ York Hospital Living Well Center
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Art HOPE 1000 Healing CranesJoin the celebration at York Hospital’s Living Well Center as we honor the many vibrant and beautiful cancer survivors in our community. It will be festive with great activities, presentations and, of course, cake and ice cream! ART HOPE will provide 1000 healing cranes and origami fun for the whole family.

Art HOPE Fresh Air Studio at Laudholm Farm @ Wells Reserve
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Art HOPE Fresh Air StudioInspire your senses. Look to see to remember to enjoy the moment in nature at our plein air studio. With nature as the model, we’ll draw, paint and write on the lawn and front porch of the historic farmhouse. Make a creative wellness journal or take a gentle hike to observe the wonders of the Wells Reserve. Art HOPE artist-in-residence Laura Jaquays will demonstrate watercolor and sketching techniques. Art materials will be provided or field artists may bring their own. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Reserve admission fee $5. The program is free.


ART HOPE The Way to Creative Wellness at Common Ground Country Fair @ Common Ground Country Fair -Health & Healing Area
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Laura Jaquays, founder of the nonprofit ART HOPE, for a community conversation about creative wellness. With the pandemic of stress people face in their daily lives, everyday creativity is a ready remedy for everyone, everywhere. Human creativity is an essential life skill and it is our most renewable and valuable natural resource. ART HOPE recognizes how we are creative as individuals and communities. It is a cradle to grave perspective for people seeking to improve their health through creative self-expression and self-care. Laura will discuss common sense creativity and share highlights from her new book. The program takes place in the Health & Healing Area at the Common Ground Country Fair.

Note: program time may change.