Wintergreen goes big in May to share the work of three Aroostook County artists

1 year ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Wintergreen Arts Center is going big in May! With the postponement of our April show until May, three Aroostook County artists will share our galleries with an opening reception on Friday, May 5, beginning at 6 p.m.:  Beth Ann Cummings, Fallan Robertson, and Cricket Griffith.

Caribou native and retired Art and Gifted & Talented program educator, Beth Ann Cummings will be sharing pieces from her TheoBek Silver collection. Beth began her artistic adventures at the age of 35 when friends encouraged her to try her hand at “making.”

In her 34 years of teaching, Beth felt privileged to take many art classes through continuing education. Always drawn to jewelry classes, Beth enjoys silversmithing, enameling, working with fused glass and metal clay. In retirement, Beth keeps busy. Creating not just jewelry, but also stitch fabric, knitting, felting, stained glass, and watercolor painting. She loves spending time with her children, Teddy and Bekah. 

Aroostook County native Fallan Robertson has loved art since childhood. Finding inspiration in the television show “Mister Dressup” she channeled her creativity into drawings and crafts. Knowing that art would always be an essential part of her life, Fallan created constantly. Going on to study digital design through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as well as cosmetology at Pierre’s School of Beauty.

Fallan finds inspiration in every aspect of her life. Landscapes, photography, design, even decorating have inspired her to create and try new things. Most recently she has been inspired by painting with alcohol inks. Through her years she has expressed her creativity through photography, drawing, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, and many other forms of art and design.

Fallan lives and works in Mapleton with her husband.

Aroostook County native and Maliseet tribe member Cricket Griffith comes from a family with a love for the arts. She discovered her passion for ceramics while attending the University of Maine at Presque Isle and pursuing her degree in fine arts.

Cricket said, “In 2006, I found I was in love with mud and have never looked back!”

Cricket loves the challenge of taking a traditional vessel and experimenting with unusual shapes, glaze, and purpose. Her current projects include working with members of the Wabanaki on the Katahdin Woods and Waterways National Monument tile project as a Maliseet representative. This year, Cricket is focused on capturing the beauty of nature and translating that into functional dish settings.

Cricket lives in Houlton with her husband Gwydion and son Korbin.