The ANNEX, located in the heart of Castine, Maine, is an artist-in-residency program and a center for workshops, panel discussions, screenings and community events.  Our mission is to operate and maintain artists’ workspaces that provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers and to benefit our community both by 1. offering a series of programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts;  and 2. stimulating professional and economic development for diverse populations working within our region with special consideration for working women.  




Carissa Potter
Artist-in-Residence JUNE 1 - JUNE

Carissa Potter’s prints and small-scale objects are investigations into public and private intimacy. Speaking with humor and poignancy to the human condition, Carissa’s work strikes universal chords. Carissa received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010 and is a founding member of Colpa Press and the founder of People I’ve Loved. With over 600 stores globally, People I’ve Loved specializes in thoughtful handmade gifts and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Create Magazine, New York Times, Teen Vogue, Real Simple, and more. Carissa has worked with the ICA in Boston, BAM/PFA, SFMOMA, De Young Museum, CCA, The Body Shop, Anthropologie, The Color Factory, Urban Outfitters, The Hammer, and Pinterest to name a few. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute, Facebook, and Google. She has exhibited across the globe, most recently at Eleanor Harwood and Legion, both in San Francisco. Currently she is working on being a better listener and just finished her second book with Chronicle books, titled It’s Ok to Feel Things Deeply.


Kelly O'Brien, Toronto, ON
Postings From Home - Multi-media performance and film screening

July 9, 6-7:30, Emerson Hall

Kelly O’Brien, Toronto, is an independent filmmaker and mother of three. Kelly will join us in July  and will present her Facebook performance and screen her short films at Emerson Hall.


Artist-in-Residence JUNE 1 - JUNE 15

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Michelle Morby was adopted in the 1970s and spent her formative years in the US, on both coasts. While living in Paris, she began her art making in street photography. It is her staunch belief that the creative idea dictates the medium, therefore she works in analog and digital photography, video, installation, performance, happenings, and currently paintings exploring themes of mythos, desire, transformation, and belonging. Her current body of portraits seeks to celebrate an eclectic group of people from history, pop culture, and semi-forgotten history. It celebrates all lives, great and small, the foibles of the human condition, and what makes us real.


Elizabeth Poliner
June 5 - July 5

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of As Close to Us as Breathing, a novel (winner of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize in Fiction and an Amazon Best Book of 2016); Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel-in-stories; What You Know in Your Hands, a poetry collection; and Sudden Fog, a poetry chapbook. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared widely in literary journals including the Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Colorado Review. She is a recipient of seven individual artist grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, fiction fellowships to the Wesleyan and Sewanee writers’ conferences, and artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches creative writing in the MFA and undergraduate programs at Hollins University where she is an associate professor and current director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins. Poliner will be working on a forthcoming novel while in residence at the Annex.


Hannah Bureau
Annex Fellow /Artist-in-Residence, July 9- July 23

Hannah Bureau (a perennial gallery b. artist who hails from Lincoln, Massachusetts by way of Cambridge and originally Paris, France) will be in residence from June 09 - July 23. Stay tuned for Open Studio Days and our Drop-In and Draw program.