Wednesday Art Walk and Open Studio on Deer Isle

Deer Isle Galleries and Studios kicked off its second season of “Wednesday and a Half” events with open studios, artist receptions, demonstrations, new exhibits, and beautiful artwork.

This regular gallery and studio walk takes place
on the second Wednesday of the month in July, August, September and October and highlights the work of twenty two member artists in the Deer Isle village area.   The level of creativity within walking distance of our small village is remarkable. When you  add in the rest of the island, and the Blue Hill peninsula, the number of artists in our coastal Maine region is astounding.

The Deer Isle Artists Association, across the
street from Pilgrim’s Inn is a great place to start your tour.   The Association is located in a beautiful building with Northwest Harbor in the background and regularly hosts artist receptions and events on behalf of its member artists.  You’ll find paintings, fiber art, sculpture, pottery and more.

Stroll down the street to Islands Gallery where Diane Kirk’s beautiful water colors and gallery will inspire you as much as the spectacular views of Northwest Harbor.  You’ll also find unique metal and stone jewelry, as well as gift items like note cards, bookmarks, prints and journals.  A few doors down you’ll find Fibula Gallery where gorgeous jewelery beckons you to lose yourself in these one of kind gems and designs.  Stay a while and have a cappuccino and pastry with owner Laura Givertz, who has a gallery both here and in Santa Barbara, CA.

Next head over to the new Gallery Mozelle, where owner Maureen Farr features the creative, whimsical, and eclectic work of artists from Deer Isle and beyond, including her own jewelry.  Large format exhibits are interspersed with functional glassware, photography, and fiber.

Around the corner from Main St to the left are several outstanding galleries and studios within walking distance.  Dow Studio, just a short walk down the Dow road features clay, metal and mixed media by artists Ellen Wieske and Carolann Ferr.   Continue on Dow Rd for a short distance to the Pearson Legacy Gallery, where rotating themed exhibits showcase the work of island artists and beyond. Back out on Route 15 is the Hutton Gallery featuring metal jewelry from Susan Hutton, as well as works by other area artisans including paintings, photography,

fiber, pottery, glass.   One of our favorites is the Turtle Gallery, where owner Elena Kubler showcases fine art and crafts in her classic Maine barn, carefully selected from artists throughout the US.  Beautiful jewelry, fiber art, paintings, photographs, clay and more will be sure to result in a purchase. You’ll also find outdoor sculptures in her lovely gardens.

If you take a right from Main street in the village you’ll find the B.W. Bulger studio with handmade furniture and paintings.  And don’t forget to visit 44 North Coffee, where owners Megan and Melissa roast delicious organic, fairly traded coffee and serve up hot and cold coffee drinks for coffee connoisseurs.  A short distance up the road on the left are the winter offices and gallery for the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, a world famous school for artisans with seasonal classes taught  on their coastal campus in the woods out in “Sunshine”.  The gallery often features the work of its visiting teachers from around the world.

Many more artists are included in the Wednesday and a Half event, but just these few stops in the immediate vicinity of Pilgrim’s Inn will leave you inspired and wishing you could live your life surrounded by the ideas and beauty that inspired these artists and artisans.  To learn more about this event visit the Deer Isle calendar of events.