Joe Ascrizzi (Freedom, ME) embraces diverse mediums, though he is primarily recognized for his layered and carved box sculptures made from wood, bone, antler and semi-precious stones. His work has been exhibited throughout Maine and the Northeast, most recently at Maine Art Gallery (Wiscasset) and Waterfall Arts (Belfast). Public commissions include Colby College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Augusta State House and the Wadsworth Mansion (CT). Ascrizzi has mentored many artists since moving to Freedom, ME from New York City in 1975, including students from Unity College where he taught sculpture, drawing and design in the early 90s. He studied at Hofstra University and the School of Visual Arts in New York, and apprenticed in gold leaf, antique and frame restoration at Aldo Pistidda in Rome, Italy.
“Lisa is eager to learn lapidary pendant-making. I’ve taught this craft to a number of folks and it has served them in whatever craft or art they later pursued, and I’m delighted to create a learning experience through CAP.” – Joe Ascrizzi
Lisa Neuman (Freedom, ME) has studied precious metal clay, brazing and welding, stone building, stained glass and various fiber arts over 20 years. She established a dedicated studio on her property in 2017, where she is also the founder/owner of the Roseapple Farm Project (est. 2008).
“An apprenticeship with Joe will deepen my commitment to craft, greatly broaden and refine my skills, build confidence and nurture my love of material possibilities. I hope this will lead to my being able to express myself in jewelry-making and related functional art towards the development of a small business.” – Lisa Neuman