Paper, Print and Book Arts Retreat @ Monson Arts

June 6 – 9, 2024

Maine Crafts Association is pleased to collaborate with Monson Arts for a third year to present an immersive four-day retreat for ten experienced and emerging artists in the fields of Paper, Printmaking, and Book Arts. Located on the Monson Arts campus in beautiful Monson, Maine, this retreat offers a unique opportunity to delve into the creative process and forge connections with like-minded makers and professional peers.

From June 6 – 9, 2024, artists will engage in a full four day itinerary guided by a lead presenter. The agenda will include individual presentations and moderated discussions with guest speakers, as well as dedicated studio time in Monson Art’s expansive workspaces. The retreat aims to create a supportive environment where artists can exchange ideas, collaborate on projects, and receive constructive feedback, ultimately empowering them to push the boundaries of their artistic practice and embark on new creative journeys. Whether honing existing skills or venturing into uncharted territory, participants will emerge from the retreat with fresh perspectives, inspiration for future work, and lasting community connections. Thanks to the generous support of Monson Arts and The Betterment Fund, participants receive free housing, meals, and a $200 travel stipend.


“Elusive (Aletris farinosa and lycaeides melissa samuelis)”by Rebecca Goodale, edition of five, 2015

Rebecca Goodale (She/Her)

Lead Artist & Presenter

Rebecca Goodale has been creating innovative and sublimely made artist’s books for many years and frequently does collaborative work with other artists as well as public art installations. In addition to being artistically active, she was the founding program coordinator for the Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts at the University of Southern Maine, where she inspired artists at all levels. She continues to teach design and book arts for various institutions and exhibits her work both locally and internationally.

Rebecca’s books can be found in many institutional collections, including the Bowdoin College Library; the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE; Herron Art Library; Library of Congress; Portland Museum of Art, ME; State Art Museum of Hawai’i; the Boston Athenaeum; the Children’s Museum in Seoul, Korea; and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art,WA.

In 2015 she received the Maine Craft Artist Award from the Maine Crafts Association. Other awards she has received include a New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts and a Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College. In 1995 she was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Rebecca has been creating a series of artist’s books about Maine’s rare plants and animals for the past twenty years and occasionally she is distracted by more common species like the spiders and birds in her own backyard. Her intention is not to become a scientific illustrator; instead, she wants to inspire sensitivity for these rare flora and fauna by using her background in book arts and textile design to interpret color, pattern, rhythm, and transition.

Paper, Print and Book Arts Retreat Participants: Invitational Process

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2024 session:

The Maine Crafts Association implements a process to identify and invite Maine-based paper, print and book artists through nominations and self-nominations. A final group of participants will represent various career points, gender, sexual orientation, race, age, type of work, and other identifiers.

Please submit your nominations by March 27, 2024 at 11:59pm. Selected applicants will be notified in early April 2024.

Questions? Please contact or call (207)205-0791

Libby Bischof

Dr. Libby Bischof is Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education and Professor of History and University Historian at the University of Southern Maine. A visual and cultural historian of the 19th and 20th centuries, Bischof is interested in the ways in which friendship informs cultural production, especially in relation to landscape and place. A public historian, Bischof believes deeply in site-based, hands-on education, and the ways in which teaching local and regional history can lead to deeper civic engagement. She frequently lectures to public audiences throughout New England, and serves on the board of the Maine State Museum and as President of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. She lives with her husband and children in Gorham, Maine, and when she’s not working, she’s either swimming, in the woods, reading, or sending postcards.

Glenn Poole


Glenn is an energy consultant for the paper industry after spending 45 years in that business, much of it at the mill in Bucksport, Maine. He grew up in Monson, graduated from Monson Academy then graduated with high honors from UMO in Electrical Engineering. His work in the paper industry included focus on the energy aspect of the paper making process including energy generation, procurement, and sales, retiring in 2016 from Verso Corporation as Corporate Energy Manager. He was a founding member of the Industrial Energy Consumer Group in 1985 where he was President for many years. Governor Baldacci and Governor Mills nominated him as a Trustee of Efficiency Maine Trust where he serves now. Glenn is also President and Treasurer of the Monson Historical Society.

Retreat Participants

Carrie Scanga (She/Her)

Carrie Scanga’s printmaking-based practice includes installation, book arts, and works on paper. She first experimented with the material of tracing paper while a graduate student in printmaking at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2000, delighted by its potential to express a sense of time and embodiment. Her projects have explored these themes and materials since then, with exhibits throughout the world and receiving recognition in The Boston Globe, the Printeresting blog, and New American Paintings. Exhibition sites include the Portland Museum of Art, the Islip Art Museum in New York, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, and Paper Gallery Shanghai in Guangzhou, China. Originally from Pennsylvania, Carrie’s work as an artist after school began at Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, followed by a phase of moving between residencies and fellowships in the US and Europe until her move to Maine in 2009 to be a professor at Bowdoin College.

Jaime Wing (He/Him)

Jaime Wing is an artist printmaker based in Portland, Maine, who specializes in wood block and letterpress printing. He has been printing for over 14 years and has been a member of Pickwick Independent Press since 2014. With an interest in letter forms, texture and the natural world, he draws from his personal experience to make tactile and engaging works.

Jaime Wing Portfolio

Evelyn Wong (She/They)

Evelyn Wong (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the complex stories of past and present Chinese and Asian Americans. Themes of history, tradition, trauma, culture, race, and gender are often found in her work as topics of both celebration and critique. Wong’s work frequently makes reference to artist’s books as a conceptual device while utilizing Western and Chinese imagery and symbolism, materiality, and text as part of her visual language. Wong received their BFA from the University of South Carolina and MFA from Maine College of Art, and was awarded the Professional Development and Creative Entrepreneurship Grant at Maine College of Art to launch Fireball Bookbindery, where they currently craft hand-bound journals and notebooks inspired by Asian traditions in materials, designs, and book-bindings.

Mark Ford (He/Him)

Mark Ford is an artist and teacher living in Portland, Maine. He works primarily with reclaimed materials (discarded books, papers and packaging), breaking down what he salvages and looking for playful combinations and juxtapositions in which to place and engage the parts. He calls the time he spends processing and organizing his materials “slow looking,” a practice that is not so much results-focused as it is about reciprocity. This kind of orientation allows one to see things anew, appreciate their subtleties and sit with their complexities. Mark wants people to see in his work a model for how to exist in the world alongside its many contradictions and is particularly interested in the space he finds between undoing and doing, unmaking and making, deconstructing and constructing, disassembling and assembling, and even between dissembling and telling the truth.

Allison Villani (She/Hers)

Allison Villani is a sculpture major from Boston University with a Masters degree in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been specializing in sculptural paper works, mainly books and reliefs, for the past 18 years. As a detail and pattern fiend, She designs her own papers to use in her work. She is always up for a challenge when building with paper. She has been teaching art to students k-12 in the Portland Public Schools since 1995, and is currently teaching at Reiche Elementary, where her students never cease to amaze and inspire.

Pilar Nadal (She/Her)

Pilar Nadal is a printmaker, educator and is the owner and Director of Pickwick Independent Press, a Community Print Shop in Portland, Maine. In her individual and collaborative work, she utilizes printmaking and public engagement practices, creating playful and interactive prints and installations that explore communication technologies and the spaces that relationships inhabit.

Jan Owen (She/Her)

Jan Owen lives in Belfast where she makes unique artist books on paste paper, handmade papers, and hanging, polyester scrolls. She combines words by various writers, poets, the Constitution and laws and often adds her own marginalia. Jan wants to call attention to the beauty and power of words. Jan worked as a touring artist for many years in Maine schools and adult workshops in the US; Percent for Art commissions for Maine courthouses, commission work and now makes the books she wants to make. Her work is in museums, private collections and library Special Collections.

Anna Low (She/Her)

Anna’s formal education is in photography and art education, with a BA from Hampshire College, a year studying at Speós – The Paris Photographic Institute, and a MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After many years of teaching, first in the Chicago Public School System and then running an art department at a private school in Rhode Island, she made the leap to full time artist. She now focuses her energies on bookbinding and is the creator behind Purplebean Bindery, a business focused on creating unique, durable and inspiring blank journals. To satisfy her endless creative itch, she makes artists books using a variety of printmaking and photographic processes. She also teaches workshops in bookbinding. Her photographs and artist books have been exhibited throughout New England and published in several periodicals, including Maine Magazine. Her home studio is bright and sunny, in Auburn, Maine.

Elizabeth Jabar (She/Her)

Elizabeth A. Jabar is a feminist printmaker who explores a range of personal-political issues in her work including cultural identity, representation, equity and maternal ethics. Her practice is located in the studio, the classroom and the community where she co-creates collaborative and participatory projects with students, colleagues and community members. Her hybrid works on paper and cloth display a highly personal visual language that incorporates motifs from popular culture, folk art, religious traditions and textiles. Elizabeth’s printed objects and environments embody printmaking’s democratic tradition of resistance and collective power and reflect her commitment to art as a tool for social change. Elizabeth is the Lawry Family Dean of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships at Colby College, and was formerly the Chair of the Printmaking Program and Director of Public Engagement at Maine College of Art She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA from Pratt Institute.

Annie Lee-Zimerle (She/Hers)

Annie Lee-Zimerle is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in painting, printmaking, and book arts, and she received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Southern Maine and a program director of the Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts.

“My work explores transferring thoughts into tangible forms. These thoughts are often inspired by my personal experience, reflections on domesticity and the mundane of contemporary society. Working from personal experience, I also explore responses I have to certain events that have occurred, small or big, and memories of things, concrete or abstract. They are brought to bear in a delicate narrative to provoke a dialogue between viewers and the work. All my ideas are drawn first, then depending on an idea, I either go in the direction of a print, painting, or book art. I take the process of creating work very important in my art making.”

Program Details

In keeping with its mission to nurture and celebrate Maine’s vibrant arts community, Maine Crafts Association is proud to partner with Monson Arts to offer this enriching retreat experience. By investing in the creative development of Maine artists and fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, we aim to cultivate a dynamic and resilient arts ecosystem that enriches the lives of artists and forges meaningful connections.

Monson Arts’ mission is to provide time and space for creative work. An initiative of Maine’s Libra Foundation, Monson Arts was created to spur economic development in Piscataquis County and began programming in 2018. Home to renowned painters, furniture manufacturing and slate quarrying, the town of Monson has a longstanding historical connection to the innovative craftsmanship of Maine. Monson Arts will foster this spirit of ingenuity by working with Maine Crafts Association to bring experienced and emerging craft artists to Monson, both to provide an opportunity for these makers to experiment and work together and also connect with Monson Arts to discuss ways we can help support their work in the region and the state.

Program Goals

  • To provide a retreat where makers can develop new ideas.
  • To foster cooperation and communication between generations of makers.
  • To help Monson Arts in developing initiatives that promote studio-based craft work in the region.

Ten artists ranging from emerging to experienced who work in the fields of paper, print, and book arts will be selected to come for an intensive four-day retreat session at Monson Arts. Housing, meals, and studio space will be provided for free.

Specific activities will include:

  • Public presentations by all of the makers.
  • Uninterrupted studio time.
  • Guided discussions with Maine Crafts Association and Monson Arts staff to talk about challenges and opportunities in the field.
  • Presentations by other experts, industry leaders, makers and historians.

Our intent is to engage a diverse group of makers in activities that will promote creative growth. This will be done through uninterrupted time to use Monson Arts facilities to develop ideas for new work. We connect artists with Monson Arts and Maine Crafts Association to both promote the region and to help our organization understand the needs of print, paper and book artists in Maine.

MCA has proudly collaborated with Monson Arts for three years. Past retreats:

Weekend Itinerary

June 6 – 9, 2024

Arrival: Monson Arts Tenney House
47 Tenney Hill Rd, Monson Maine 04464

Thursday June 6th
12:00 – 3pm Arrival & Check in
4:00 Studio tour, introductions
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Welcome to Monson & Evening Presentations, 5 minutes each

Friday June 7th
7:00 Morning Walk (meet @ Tenney House)
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Rebecca Goodale Presentation @ Tenney House
10:00 Studio time with Rebecca Goodale
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Studio time with Rebecca Goodale
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Evening Program /// Moderated Panel with Whitney Gill of Maine Crafts Association @ Tenney House

Saturday June 8th
7:00 Morning Walk (meet @ Tenney House)
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Site visit: Monson Historical Society
10:00 Studio time with Rebecca Goodale
12:00 Lunch
1:00  Studio time with Rebecca Goodale
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Evening Program /// Moderated Discussion with Chantal Harris of Monson Arts @ Tenney House

Sunday June 9th
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Studio walk through & clean up
11:00 Lunch with last words
12:00 Departure

Monson Arts

Monson Arts is a residency and workshop program in Monson, Maine. An initiative of Maine’s Libra Foundation, Monson Arts began programming in 2018. It was started as a way to spur economic development in Piscataquis County. Monson, the last town before the 100 Mile Wilderness on the Appalachian Trail, was the home of photographer Berenice Abbott, painter Carl Sprinchorn, and was a center for slate quarrying and furniture making.

Monson Arts’ mission is to provide time and space for creative work. This is done through a combination of residencies, workshops, artist retreats, educational initiatives, community programs, and exhibitions.