Dear Friends of Castle Hill,
As we begin the holiday season we fully appreciate how solid a foundation has been built at this institution that we all love. We are about to close out a remarkable year at Castle Hill. It was the first summer of full programming at our breathtaking campus at Edgewood Farm,
including our first-ever two-week master class, which received an incredible response from the
artists from all over the country (and Canada) who attended. Other notable firsts included our first Food Symposium early in the season, featuring speakers from Gourmet Magazine, as well as the inaugural season of winter artist residencies at Edgewood Farm. In addition, Castle Hill has just been named one of the Great Nonprofits of 2018. You should check us out their website at https://greatnonprofits.org/org/truro-center-for-the-arts-at-castle-hill-inc and read the fabulous reviews that we have been given by students, teachers and residents!
This was the year that we truly became a dual-campus arts center, hosting a full schedule of visual arts and writing workshops, in addition to bi-weekly exhibitions. A remarkably rich variety of workshops ran the gamut from Cartographic Creativity: Using Maps in Art, to building your own 3-D Printer for Clay, to Beginning Oil Painting to Adobe Clay Figures and lots more. In 2018, Castle Hill served over 1,000 members of the Cape Cod community and welcomed students from 40 states and 7 countries. Together they attended 200 workshops, conferences, events and gallery openings. This summer, 54 students resided at historic Edgewood Farm as they attended weekly workshops, and this fall marks the beginning of the second year of our Artist Residency Program.
After those of us who don’t have the privilege of year-round living on the Cape leave for the winter, Castle Hill doesn’t go to sleep - it doesn’t even take a nap! The ceramics studio, under the supervision of our new Ceramics Director, Chris Watt, runs a program of highly regarded and well-attended workshops all winter. Our programs for seniors engage local community members. We have artists in residence at Edgewood Farm & emerging potters residence at Main Campus where they all make work and interact with the community. Everywhere you look, great things are happening!
A very exciting summer is now being planned for next year. You can already go to our website to sign up for the 2019 Encaustic Conference featuring Judy Pfaff as keynote speaker, as well as dozens of pre and post- conference workshops, several of which are already sold out! Of course, all of this is only possible through your unfailing support. Over the past few years, you have responded generously to the calls to make it possible to purchase Edgewood Farm and to restore it, as well as to keep our programming at both campuses fresh and alive. You have stepped up at each challenge and we have used those resources to make Castle Hill an institution that we are all enormously proud of.
Please help us with your year-end giving, as generously as you can.
Wishing you all happiness and good health in 2019,
Robert Silverstein Ellyn Weiss Cherie Mittenthal Kathleen A. Fahle
Co-President Co-President Executive Artistic Director Managing Director
A non-profit arts education institution.