The Wintergreen Arts Center announced that local author Dottie Hutchins is assuming the position of executive director. 


Hutchins succeeds present Executive Director Heather Harvell, who remains Co-Chairman of the Wintergreen Art Center’s Board of Directors, along with Co-Chairman Kim Guerrette Michaud.

As executive director of the Wintergreen Arts Center, Hutchins assumes responsibility for coordinating Wintergreen’s growing number of programs and events, while ensuring financial stability and maintaining the organization’s unique culture and commitment to its staff, patrons, participants, volunteers, and the Aroostook County communities it serves.

I am truly excited about this opportunity,” said Hutchins.  “The Wintergreen Arts Center is entering its second decade of operation, and the enthusiasm for building on its community-based momentum has never been greater.  The dedication of everyone at Wintergreen is what makes this organization so special.  I look forward to being a part of that energy.”

Hutchins grew up in the Aroostook County towns of Ashland and Oxbow before attending the University of Maine where she earned a master’s degree in entomology.  She worked 20 years in the agricultural services industry before pursuing other goals.  Hutchins brings a variety of experiences as a writer, public relations and communications manager, and consultant to her new position.  Her most recent book is “ACADIAN ROOTS:  Images of the St. John Valley” with Paul Cyr Photography.  Hutchins is also a family history enthusiast and writes a genealogical column for ECHOES magazine.

Dottie understands the kind of passion this organization thrives on,” said Heather Harvell, co-chairman, Wintergreen Arts Center Board of Directors.  “She is such a good fit for what we need, and she also brings an added desire to develop more programs for writers at Wintergreen.  I am excited about all the possibilities that lie ahead, and look forward to working with Dottie, and our entire team, as we stay focused on continuing to encourage the arts within the communities of Aroostook County.”

About Wintergreen Arts Center:  The Wintergreen Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2006. It is located in downtown Presque Isle, Maine, in the historic Wight Furniture Building. Wintergreen is an organization based on the idea that creativity, activism, and community can produce great things. Our mission is to provide meaningful experiences that encourage an appreciation of the arts, stimulate creativity and innovation, and offer an artistic community space where all are welcome.

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