3 of the Best Downeast Maine Art Galleries

turtle-galleryThere is a vibrant arts community in Downeast Maine, especially right here on Deer Isle.  Our island has attracted highly talented artists who have retreated to the gorgeous coastal landscape of Downeast Maine to create their most inspired works of art. Discover beautiful landscape paintings, abstract sculptures, fine art photography, metalwork, and ceramic arts among other media at some of our favorite Downeast Maine art galleries. Here are just a few of the wonderful galleries on Deer Isle!

Find out more about the art scene near Pilgrim’s Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for galleries, art shows, and craft and jewelry stores. These Downeast Maine art galleries are just a few of our favorite places to discover local masterpieces!

Downeast Maine Art Galleries to Visit

The Turtle Gallery

Just a few minutes away from Pilgrim’s Inn, the Turtle Gallery features a variety of fine and contemporary art created on Deer Isle and beyond. Paintings, prints, jewelry, fiber work, glasswork, and ceramics are just a few of the media on display at this premier selection of Downeast Maine art galleries. Enjoy charming  sculptures in the garden as well as other compelling pieces within the 1876 two-story Barn Gallery or adjacent House Gallery.

Deer Isle Artists Association

The Deer Isle Artists Association is literally right across the street from Pilgrim’s Inn! Its proximity is not the only reason this is one of our favorite Downeast Maine art galleries. The pieces on display inside change on a regular basis, and feature work from its over 100 member artists.  These artists mostly live in Maine for at least part of the year, and several of their works are on display in the gallery.  In addition to regular art shows, the Deer Isle Artist Association also offers classes and workshops.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Just around the corner from the Inn is the Center for Community Programs for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  The exhibitions featured here are an outgrowth of the School’s commitment to supporting the dynamic work of contemporary craft makers. This beautiful space is used for regular exhibitions during the summer months, featuring the work of internationally distinguished craft makers, many of whom teach at School.   Many of the exhibitions include works by artists who have been influenced by their time or association with this famous arts school.

Enjoy Local Art Among the Decor at Pilgrim’s Inn

Our historic Deer Isle bed and breakfast features a variety of local artwork! In your guest room, you might notice a beautiful photograph or oil painting hanging on the walls. Many of these pieces have been created by Downeast Maine artists! There are so many beautiful landscapes surrounding our inn that there is no short supply of inspiration. You might set up an easel, gather some brushes, and create a painting of your own based on the inn’s surroundings. We encourage creativity during your stay. You can see our personal love of local art throughout the inn, but also on our grounds. Just admire the large whale sculpture in our garden, as well as other touches around Pilgrim’s Inn!