Interim Executive Director: Sadie Bliss
A seasoned arts nonprofit leader, Sadie supports ongoing programming, operations, and fundraising at Watershed through the transition to a new permanent executive director in 2024. She brings strong arts administration experience and a deep dedication and connection to Maine, craft artists, and the organizations serving our thriving creative communities.
Sadie served as Executive Director of the Maine Crafts Association for over ten years, leaving that role in 2022. She holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and served as Director of artSTRAND gallery in Provincetown, MA. Additionally, Sadie managed CraftBoston, the Society of Arts and Crafts’ annual contemporary craft show, co-founded and directed Co.7, a gallery, studio, and event space in Portland, Oregon. She has worked with the Maine Arts Commission, The Mayor of Boston’s Office of Arts, and The Boston Center for the Arts, facilitating public art programming and conducting market research. While in Boston, Sadie lived and worked as a studio artist at The Distillery, where she organized open studio events, and collaborated with Rope-a-Dope poetry and printmaking press.
When she isn’t at Watershed, Sadie can be found skiing and snowboarding, at an ocean or lakeside beach, or enjoying the arts, community, and restaurants in Portland with her husband Loc and two children, Marvin and Juno.
Program Coordinator: Aidan Fraser
Aidan works behind the scenes to organize Watershed’s residencies, workshops, events, and exhibitions. A ceramist herself, she owns and operates Luster Hustler Ceramics. A Humanities graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Aidan has worked in clay for more than 10 years, starting with Raku firing at Watershed as a teenager and more recently firing the salt and wood kilns. She has worked at several Maine pottery studios, including Edgecomb Potters, Damariscotta Pottery, Running with Scissors Studios, and C&M Ceramics. While working at The Good Supply – a shop in Bristol, ME that features work by Maine artists and artisans – Aidan developed a passion for learning about other artists’ processes. At Watershed, Aidan is thrilled to work in the office on programs and events, and on her own work in the Windgate Studio.
Finance & Operations Manager: Tamsen Brooke Warner
Tamsen does Watershed’s bookkeeping, prepares logistically for residencies, workshops, and the Salad Days Pottery Sale, and a little bit of everything else. She acts as a point of contact, so you’ll find her answering the phone, giving campus tours, and selling Watershed’s cute merch in the gallery shop.
Prior to joining the Watershed team in 2021, Tamsen worked at the Waterville Opera House for seven years in various roles, including executive director, box office manager, stage manager, and scenic painter. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has worked with Waterville Creates, Ogunquit Playhouse, The Muny in St. Louis, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Tamsen learned she loves playing with clay at Ticonic Studios in Waterville and has taken an interest in slab-building pots. She resides in Augusta with her partner Ryan and two very spoiled, adorable cats.
Development Associate: Susan Viets
Susan manages development data and communication with the staff, Board of Trustees, donors, and foundations. She works collaboratively to create annual fundraising and reporting materials and supports the annual grant cycle.
Prior to joining the Watershed team, Susan worked as a consultant, supporting capital fundraising efforts, coordinating internal organizational processes, and helping to create positive culture within businesses. With a degree in Philosophy from Kenyon College and a Masters in Education from Antioch New England, her career has spanned decades working in both education; as a Waldorf teacher, Faculty Chair, and Administrator, and in development; as a Development Director for a growing independent school, as the Assistant Executive Director of an NGO in Haiti, and as a consultant. Her love of the ocean and deep generational roots keep her happily living in Maine; sailing the coast, exploring the mountains and lakes, and appreciating the arts that thrive here.