Mother-daughter team Gail and Abigail Santner will explore the intersection of art and the natural world through simple book making and printing, nature walks wind chime creation and more as artists-in-residence Sunday through Saturday, July 5 through 11, at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Route 1.

Gail Santner first heard about Book Arts from a neighbor and has been taking classes learning about this art form since 2009 at the Cultural Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives. She is looking forward to visiting Maine, working with her artist daughter and sharing her enthusiasm for book arts.

Abigail Santner is an artist living and working in New York City. Her background is in sculpture and technology-based art, but she migrated to creating work on two-dimensional surfaces after moving to New York City. Her drawings try to capture the sense of volume — most of the finished ones are more than five feet long. For several years, she has been inspired by the delicate curling of drying tree leaves, which she captures on paper.

While in residence, Gail and Abigail will guide campers into basic origami to create instant books, hone their skills with various accordion forms and try their hands at making interesting covers for books. With their books they will be able to record and remember the beautiful natural scenery of coastal Maine.

The Camp & Create/Artist in Residence Program is open to the public and is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine. For more information, call 548-6059 or visit

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