Monday, March 4, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Paint Night Friday, February 22nd "Cardinals, Trees, Snow, Oh My!"

Beat the Winter Blues and join us in an extraordinary, sassy and classy PAINT NIGHT evening LIKE NO OTHER at Hélène Farrar Art in Manchester! Get out of your winter funk and be a part of the fun on Friday, February 22nd from 6 to 9 PM! Learn about the wonderful Charley Harper and we will paint cardinals, trees and snow!!! And enjoy delicious heavy hors-d'oeuvres and wine from our Lighthouse in Manchester! 5% of Proceeds to Benefit the Maine Audubon! Paint the blues away  - - -  -Leave inspired! Cost is $45. Register below at Paypal Button! 


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Art Club for 11 - 15 Year Olds!

Beginning on Thursday, September 20th from 530 - 630 PM, we will be introducing "Art Club". This group class is specially designed for intermediate artists in their middle years. With a focus on drawing, painting, design and modeling ---- this weekly intensive will help youngsters develop and strengthen skills, grow studio habits, and stretch the development of creative ideas. This is a perfect fit for young artists who are willing to grow independently but still need instruction, positive encouragement and the support of friends!  To register or sign-up please contact Helene directly at or call (207) 485-5691.

This class will be ongoing throughout the year and it is open to all youth ages 11 to 15.  Open enrollment = children can join anytime. Students can come and go as family and season schedules permit. Tuition $20. / class  RSVP's requested.

Student work in process of the Duomo in Florence, Italy

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Welcome and Welcome Back!

Thank you so much for visiting Catch the Artbug! It is my sincere pleasure to say hello and welcome you! This four-roomed studio is a lively, vibrant working and learning space in an old farmhouse in Manchester, Maine! Artists of all ages and all levels are encouraged and make work here.

Soap Carving, Watercolor, Hand-building with Clay, pastel, paper mache, moldmaking  - - - there is so much to do and explore. Join us for an after-school art class for kids, Wednesday watercolor group and come after the work day to our Thursday evening Open Studio. Please take a look at our fall schedule and see what might work for you and yours  - - - and feel free to reach out with any questions and if you'd like to schedule a studio visit. Email  Call 485-5691 and speak to Helene (rhymes with Maine, sounds like HAH-lane).

Table View from a Workshop in Encaustics = beeswax paint
My name is Helene and I am the artist-in-residence here. Its hard to believe that I have been an Art Educator for over twenty years and I am STILL deeply passionate about art, teaching art with positivity, and working with my students individually. My formal training as an artist and art educator began at the University of Maine, but I also attended graduate school in Vermont at Goddard College where I received my Master of Fine Arts. My earliest learnings as an artist were from my extended family of artists, designers and engineers. In particular, it was my Mom who was both an artist, art educator and active community member who really pushed me and sometimes even lead my hand to be the enthusiastic instructor I am. And I really couldn't have "pulled this all off" without her encouragement:) Regarding my teaching experience, I have been fortunate to have a very rich and varied resume. More information about me at

Let's connect soon!

Helene in front of two encaustic paintings exhibited at the Saco Museum.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The CURE for Cabin Fever!

Details below for PAINT NIGHT, Early Start in Art, and Introduction to Encaustic Painting!

Paint Night  - - - - Marsden Hartley and Maine's Mountain!
Friday, March 2nd 6 to 9 PM!

Please join us in an extraordinary, sassy and classy PAINT NIGHT evening LIKE NO OTHER at Hélène Farrar Art in Manchester! Get out of your winter funk and be a part of the fun on Friday, March 2nd from 6 to 9 PM! Learn about the wonderful Maine Artist Marsden Hartley and we will paint the mountains, and the light!!!! And enjoy delicious heavy hors-d'oeuvres and wine from our Lighthouse. Paint the blues away  - - -  -Leave inspired! Cost is $45. Register here.

Early Start in Art! For Young Artists Ages 3,4,5
STARTS Friday, March 9th! Join us for 5 weeks from 9 - 945 AM! 
Art helps small children develop mentally, socially, and emotionally plus it boosts small children's ability to analyze, and problem-solve in a myriad of ways! And why not help your littles self-confidence sky rocket? So join us - we'll explore the basics of color, line and shape while we play with paint, clay and more! And great fun for the grown ups too - good coffee included!

Register Here for "Crash Course in Encaustic Painting" Sunday, March 18th 10 AM to 3 PM
What are encaustics? How do artist’s use encaustics? What is the history of encaustics? Learn this, plus how to layer, fuse and make a variety of marks in this seductive medium. Learn painterly approaches plus how to etch and scrape into the surface. Take your flat collections such as your drawings, collected papers, pictures and embellish them into the wax! Leave with two small finished paintings and artistic inspiration!

We will also briefly touch on proper studio ventilation, wax safety, and how to “finish” artworks in terms of framing and care. Class time will be divided between demonstrations, individual work time, and discussion.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Hello Friends. We hope you are still having a wonderful summer. Our new schedule is live here. Classes for Kids Afterschool, Early Start in Art, Teen Open Studio, and Classes for Adults. Woo hoo!
Look online here to register and to become a part of it! Feel free always to reach out to Helene by phone (207) 485-5691 or email

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paint Night Friday, June 23rd 6 to 9 PM! Featuring Flowers and learning about the Artist Georgia O'Keeffe

Please join us in an extraordinary and classy PAINT NIGHT evening at Hélène Farrar Art in Manchester! It's Friday, June 23rd from 6 to 9 PM!  We will paint gorgeous Calla Lilies and enjoy delicious heavy hors-d'oeuvres and wine from our Lighthouse. Learn about the American Artist Georgia O'Keeffe, her life story, paint practice and inspirations.... and paint the night away  - - -  -Leave inspired! Cost is $45. Register here.