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Best Art Galleries in Maine

12. Turtle Gallery. Elena Kubler started her gallery on Deer Isle in 1982, and a decade later moved it up the hill to the 1876 Centennial House, which once housed the galleries of both the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Deer Isle Art Association. Both the barn and the house are filled with paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and crafts that reflect the creative spirit and heritage of the Deer Isle community, one of Maine’s art meccas.
61 North Deer Isle Rd., Deer Isle ME. 207-348-9977


What are your picks for the best art galleries in Maine?


Updated Friday, April 18th, 2008

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5 Responses to Best Art Galleries in Maine

  1. Elizabeth Isgro Martin September 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Hello…I now have Alzheimer’s and have been painting since childhood. Very frustrating condition, yet my artwork is still excellent and untouched by the ‘memory’ of how to do it. I worked as a framer for several shops in the Waterville/Skowhegan area for many years, have been retired for the past ten years. Lately, as an exercise in determination, I have been painting little Welcome signs on shingles. Not simply saying ‘Welcome’ but each with an artistic drawing/design. Because I have taken a ‘different’ road in doing these little works of art? There seems to be a reluctance for our local frameshops/art supply stores to sell them for me. I am very frustrated at this attitude, and would like suggestions as to where locally I might find a decent shop or two…to sell my work. Not only do I need the emotional support from others, but would enjoy doing my work for others and being paid for it. It gives me a reason to go on…If anyone here has any idea of ways I might approach this dilemma, I’d appreciate your input. Thank you…Beth

  2. Debbi Bozworth September 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Not seeing your paintings, I would venture a guess that the shop is reluctant to sell the signs as they cannot “frame” them and there are many hobbyist who indulge in similar types of crafts without rising to the category of “artist”. I myself toll painted for a few years and found good craft shows the best place to market them. You could also place pics on FB and sell them on line and ship them to the recipient. I would be interested in purchasing them if you were to post pictures. Good luck, Elizabeth, I pray for a bright future for you and continued success with your talent.

    Debbi Bozworth

  3. Paul M September 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    For those visitors to Mount Desert Island, Maine, the sights and sounds themselves are beautiful enough but I recommend a wonderful little Art Gallery in Northeast Harbor… called Smart Studio featuring artwork by Wini Smart and Gail Cleveland. Excellent store.

    I would think it deserves at least an honorable mention for a list such as this.

  4. karen blenkhorn January 9, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    I have a lot of different types of paintings that i would like to sell . And need to know where i can find the best art gallery who would purchase these items.

    • Brenda Darroch January 9, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      Hi Karen,
      Unfortunately, we aren’t qualified to advise you on how to go about selling your paintings. Good luck!

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