A Dozen Favorite Art Galleries in Maine
8. Gleason Fine Art. Dennis and Martha Gleason’s downtown Boothbay Harbor gallery distinguishes itself by showing and selling both popular contemporary Maine art and art by 19th- and 20th-century painters such as James Fitzgerald, Robert Henri, Andrew Winter, and Jay Hall Connaway, artists associated with the Monhegan island art colony. At this writing, Gleason Fine Art was about to open a second location in Portland.
31 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ME, 207-633-6849
545 Congress St., Portland ME
9. Caldbeck Gallery. Cynthia Hyde and Jim Kinnealey have operated Caldbeck Gallery across Elm Street from the entrance to the Farnsworth Art Museum since 1982. From the beginning it has been the go-to place for the art of Midcoast Maine. Caldbeck also handles the estate of the much-revered Maine artist William Thon. There’s no point in going to Rockland if you don’t stop at Caldbeck.
12 Elm St., Rockland ME. 207-594-5935
10. 10 High Street. John and Sarah Ames are longtime veterans of the Maine art scene, John having previously operated a gallery in Belfast and Sarah having served as executive director of Maine Coast Artists (now Center for Maine Contemporary Art) and chief curator and associate director of the Farnsworth Art Museum. These days, John and Sarah Ames run a very personal art and antiques gallery out of a space where Sarah’s grandmother started an antiques shop in 1947.
10 High St., Camden ME. 207-237-2770
11. Leighton Gallery. Artist Judith Leighton is in her 28th year running her fine, eclectic barn gallery down a side street in the picturesque village of Blue Hill. Leighton usually features five artists a month during the summer season, but the gallery represents dozens and has a soulful little sculpture garden in the backyard. A very upbeat art selection.
24 Parker Pt. Road, Blue Hill, ME. 207-374-5001
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