Sarah Ahearn Bellemare is an artist from New England who first began painting as a way to illustrate poetry.
Her mixed media paintings are layered with found images, fragments of text from old books, and pieces of vintage maps. These ephemera become the fabric and focus of many of her paintings, many of which are inspired by her childhood memories of time spent by the seashore.
Sarah has taught art to many students in a variety of settings ranging from art camps to museums, teaching students age 3 to 63. She has loved every minute of her time teaching at previous Squams, and is thrilled to be returning once again. The inspiration for Sarah's book, Painted Pages: Fueling Creativity with Mixed Media and Sketchbooks, (Quarry Books, May 2011) traces in part to her time at teaching at Squam, and is filled with the beautiful photography of fellow Squamette Thea Coughlin. Sarah regularly exhibits her paintings throughout the Northeast in galleries and at art fairs. She can often be found making messes in her sunny studio in Northampton, MA. When she’s not creating, she’s dreaming up new adventures that she’ll take with her ecologist husband and their precocious (yet adorable) little girl.
*photo by thea coughlin
All classes offered by Sarah Ahearn Bellemare
Thursday, September 13
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Thursday, October 18
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Raves about Sarah Ahearn Bellemare
Thank you Squam by the Sea for teaching me to let go and play! I will remember this experience for a long time and I can't wait to return again someday.
I’ve driven over a thousand miles in the last week and a half. And even further in my heart and soul.
I have never before experienced such creativity and support in my life. It was incredibly rewarding and I cannot wait to go back next year. I met so many amazing people and got the opportunity to take classes with such talented teachers (and students!)
Here's the thing about the women at Squam . . . They are my people. It's that simple.
the beauty of squam is that you can do as much as want and as little as you want, depending on your mood. if you want some alone/quiet time, the woods, the trees, the mushrooms, the paths, and the lake are there to keep you silent company.