Opening celebration for Freedom Makers Studio

Nov 10, 2017
Photo by: Johan Selmer-Larsen Johan Selmer-Larsen’s 2011 “Old Maple” is part of the gallery-opening show at the new Freedom Makers Studio.

Freedom — Freedom Makers Studio is a new art gallery and storefront in the heart of Freedom village that will showcase local artists, makers and craftspersons in the Waldo County area. The new venue is launching with a celebration and artist opening Saturday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Housed in the historic building known locally as the KP Hall (Knights of Pythias Hall), the studio space at 25 Main St. also was a barbershop and pool hall as late as the 1950s; the circulation department of Farmstead Press in the 1970s; subsequently a workshop and art studio for local woodworkers; and, most recently, for the late Paul Oberst, visual artist.

The opening artists/art include digital collage artist Joan Proudman, photographer Johan Selmer-Larson, silk paintings and designs by Helena Melone, paintings by Max Ascrizzi, jewelry and sculpture by Joe Ascrizzi, paintings and tarot cards by Katenia Keller, felted hats and scarves by Bernice Nadler and lighting and fine printed home decor by Dina Petrillo.

Each of these artists also run his or her own art and fine design businesses; and all welcome a local Waldo County venue to show their wares and encourage each other in their work and invite community to support their efforts. Over time, a wide selection of local artisans and products will be available for sale.

After the opening, hours through December will be Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays noon to 4 p.m.; and by chance or appointment (the schedule will be updated for January through March). The intimate venue also will host occasional events such as open mic night for musicians, art classes and small group meetings. For more information, email or visit

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

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