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What to Bring and How to Get There

We are counting down the days!

Star Arts You Did Come Back! June 16 – 23, 2018

The boat leaves the Portsmouth dock at 2:25 on June 16. Plan to check in at the dock between 11:00 and 1:00.

The attached document provides you with (almost) everything you need to know about the Star Arts Conference -- what to pack, how to get to the dock and more.

Read and download this important document: 2018 Star Arts Information Page


May 2018 Star Arts Conference Newsletter

Remember to Pack Something for The Giveaway!

Joe Quigley will be hosting The Giveaway again this year. If you bring an item from home to give away you may participate and go home with something someone else puts in. Here’s what the website Native American Totems has to say about this practice: “A sacred path lesson that is worth noting ... is the Native American tradition known as the Give-Away Ceremony. It is the practice of giving away useful and even beloved possessions to others. Not with the thought of having strings attached to the gift or having regrets from having given the gift but to sacrifice something important to ourselves in order to allow for personal growth in the future.” If this resonates with you, be sure to remember to bring a beloved item to share.

Also, remember to bring an item, your creation or not, to enter into the auction. And plan to bring home a memorable souvenir from Star Arts. You purchase something lovely and contribution helps with our important scholarship program.

Read the May 2018 Star Arts Conference Newsletter


April 2018 Star Island Newsletter

Check out the newest Star Island Newsletter, with information about the upcoming fundraiser at the Flatbread Company in Portsmouth.

Read the April 2018 Star Island Newsletter


April 2018 Star Arts Conference Newsletter

Star Island Scholarship Auction Reminder

Come one, come all!!

The live and silent auctions are fun and profitable. They raise money for the scholarship fund that helps others financially to come to star.

Just bring an item, your creation or not, to enter into the auctions. It's fun to watch the bidding on your item at the silent auction -- and if it is chosen for the live auction it makes it even more exciting!

And leave room in your luggage to bring home a memorable souvenir from Star Arts. Your contribution helps with our important scholarship program.

Read the April 2018 Newsletter


April 2018

Special Announcement: Calling all Star Arts Photographers!

We are in the process of developing a new Star Arts website and would appreciate your contributions of photographs you've taken at the conference. We especially need photos of workshops and activities. We'd also love to have photographs of the creative work generated at Star -- photos of plays, presentations and visual works.

We ask that you provide us with digital photos in the largest size you have -- we can size them and crop them as needed. The version that comes straight out of your camera is usually the largest file.

Send your photos to Nika Lopez. And thanks!


March 2018 Newsletter

Sharing Our Treasures

All of us find treasures during our week at Star Arts. Some gifts we actively seek as we experiment with new art forms and new techniques. Others come to us unbidden and unexpected. Wherever we find these gems they become even more beautiful when we share them.

In this spirit you are invited to join in an evening chapel service of sharing and discovery. Do you have a small treasure that you’d like to share as part of this special chapel service? A meditation, story, poem or reading...original or just one that speaks to you?

Please share your idea by emailing Sally Armstrong

Read the March 2018 Newsletter


February 2018

Non-profit Status

The Non-Profit Task force still needs some help finding a volunteer lawyer, preferably a NH lawyer or someone familiar with nonprofit law, who would be willing to review the various documents that we will be submitting. If you can help, please contact Nancy Fulton.

Scholarship News

If you’re planning to apply for a scholarship, you need to do so by May 1. No exceptions. Complete the Scholarship Form and send it to the registrar. People applying for a scholarship should also apply for a Star Island grant. Application form for StarArts scholarship is on the StarArts website, stararts.org. The Island grant application is at starisland.org under "financial aid."

Read the full February 2018 Newsletter.


January 2018

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May 15, 2017

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May 3, 2017

Dear fellow Shoalers,

It is with the deepest sorrow that Jeremy Hill reports that Alex Hill died at home on 15th April, 2017, after living with cancer for 32 months.


April 2017

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March 2017

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February 2017

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January 2017

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December 2016

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January 15, 2016

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December 14, 2015

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November 19, 2015

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October 28, 2015

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September 14, 2015

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May 14, 2015

Happy May Star Arts! My lilacs are out and my sunblock is on. It is only five short weeks before we are on Star Island! This newsletter will focus on helpful information for New Shoalers and Old Shoalers, alike. For all the news that's fit for bits, see the May Newsletter


April 15, 2015

Happy Spring Star Arts! I hope everyone's spirits have lifted after our long winter. My mood has lightened knowing that we are about two months away from stepping onto the new-improved dock on Star Island. And, not to brag - - but I was playing Scrabble the other night and got to go first. I picked my tiles and"S-H-O-A-L-E-R" 72 POINTS!!! Talk about being in a good mood!

There is a lot going into the preparations for our week of June 20 - 27. In May, you will receive this year's "What to Bring and How to Get There". I am asking our workshop leaders to provide supply lists if they have them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara O'Brien. For more, see the April Newsletter


March 17, 2015

Dear Star Arts - Spring is almost here! Winter seemed extraordinarily long this year which makes the thought of a week on Star Island so much sweeter.

Have you registered yet? We have 55 reservations, including 20 New Shoalers! Think about friends and family who would love the island. Bring them along! Our goal is to have 100 conferees and we have room to grow!

The full text of our March newsletter is available for download here.


February 16, 2015

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February 12, 2015

For those thinking back to their wonderful memories of last year, here are some wonderful pictures of our amazing workshop leaders from 2014, courtesy of Parish Dobson (our Photography workshop leader).