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Eastport launches online exhibit featuring work by gallery members

The Eastport Gallery’s online spring show runs April 2 to June 17, featuring works by 16 gallery members online at

The gallery at 109 Water St., Eastport, will open for the summer season on June 5.

This virtual show provides a taste of what you will see in person this summer.

Full Fathom Five Gallery will open to visitors in May

Piece by Olga Merrill.

Full Fathom Five Gallery is getting ready for visitors in May and will introduce new artists as well as showcase work from all it artists.

Three new artists are Christina Thwaites, Olga Merrill and Sandra Leinonen Dunn.

Christina Thwaites is a British painter, based in Orono.

Christina Thwaites

“My work explores the places and faces around me — familiar and banal subject matter but relevant,” Thwaites says. “The context and location of where I reside at the time is reflected, and having moved a lot, my practice has been a means of connecting myself to location and people.”

View paintings by Thwaites at

Olga Merrill is a visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. Photography was a hobby for her father, and she remembers the smell of chemicals from being with him in his darkroom. Who knew that after more than 35 years from her first brief touch of photography, she would become an artist, and visual art started playing a significant role in her life.

“I hardly recognize myself as a photographer,” she says. “I use photography as a tool — like an instrument to make music or a brush for painting — to create an image of my vision, with a dreamy and indirect relationship to external reality.”

View prints by Merrill at

Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a traditional painter working mainly in oils.  

“Painting for me is like mediation,” she says. “When I am working on a subject, I am in my right brain, where logic and words do not exist, where the world becomes only nameless shapes and infinite shades of color. The more I look at my subject, the more I see. This is what fascinates me.”

View paintings by Leinonen Dunn at

Learn more at

Eastport Gallery presents ‘Hearts for the Arts’

“Hearts for the Arts” group exhibit.

Celebrate the season of love with the Eastport Gallery’s “Hearts for the Arts” community show and silent auction, Feb. 1 to 14. The exhibition, which will take place both online and in the Eastport Gallery’s windows at 109 Water St., is a “beautiful reflection of talent and love for our area,” notes gallery president Joan Lowden.   

“Let Me Call You Sea Heart,” by Susan Moore.

The community artist response has been overwhelming with over 90 stunning heart-themed pieces available for bid.  Sales benefit the individual artists and the Eastport Gallery, promoting community outreach programs such as art and literary talks, and youth shows by the Eastport Schools art program.  Full catalog of auction items is available for download at:

Bid in the silent auction via Facebook at

The online auction will end on Valentine’s Day with a Zoom Valentine’s Day party featuring love songs by local musicians, a showcase of the art available for bid, and a chance to mix and mingle with friends, old and new, in an online reception. A Zoom link will be available at

Art is Celebrated in downtown Eastport

Eastport Arts Center

Eastport is Downeast’s not-so-secret arts destination.

Come help the 20-member Eastport Gallery celebrate 35 years.

Eastport Gallery celebrates 35 years.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and presents art talks, literary talks, and popup music events from the deck of the gallery (the deck is closed to visitors, but events can be safely heard at distance from the rocks and breakwater below).

Breakwater Gallery

Full Fathom Five Gallery. Photo by Joan Lowden.

Most Water Street galleries are open and welcoming guests in accordance with Maine CDC guidelines. The Eastport ArtWalk, in association with the Eastport Arts Center, Eastport Gallery, and Tides Museum and Institute of Art, offers creative ways to explore and safely enjoy the art all over this beautiful town.

Lunamuse fiber artist Manuela Brice.

Eastport Gallery is at 109 Water St., Eastport. Call 831-588-7576 for more information.

Photos by Joan Lowden


Eastport Gallery reopens

Eastport Gallery

The Eastport Gallery, located in the historic downtown of the island city of Eastport, is now open to the public on a limited basis.

Co-op members are thrilled to be able to once again show their works in the gallery space and meet members of the art-loving public.

During August and September, the gallery is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required and visitors will be limited to six at a time.

Gallery shows will continue to be accessible through virtual means on the gallery’s website and social media pages, with online shopping also available on the website.

The gallery will hold two Happy Hour Art Talks on the deck of the gallery and streaming on Facebook live at 4 p.m. Aug. 7 and 21. The first will focus on “Art in the Virtual World Pt 1: Life in Washington County video project” and the second is on “Art in the Virtual World part 2,” about the virtual gallery and virtual Draw-a-thon projects.

The Eastport Gallery is at 109 Water St., Eastport. Call 207-853-4166 for more information, or go to

Eastport Gallery Offers Online Shows

“Winter Collage,” by Catherine Adelman.

The Eastport Gallery is celebrating its 35th year as a member of the Eastport arts community with three virtual shows beginning in June.

The “Community Show” is the gallery’s annual invitation to neighbors and friends to submit works for exhibit. The “General” and “Small Works” shows feature new work by the gallery’s 23-member cooperative.

The gallery is a constituent of the Eastport Arts Center and is located in the historic downtown of Eastport, an island city on Passamaquoddy Bay.

The physical gallery is temporarily closed, but visitors to the downtown are encouraged to view a representative selection of show works in the gallery windows. Shows may be viewed on the gallery website at and the gallery’s Facebook page.

Eastport ArtWalk Showcases Pride Month

June is Pride month, and many of the almost 40 window galleries in homes and businesses around Eastport will include a rainbow-themed piece in their displays.

The ArtWalk project encourages people to walk for exercise while basking in the natural and cultural beauty blooming around town.

The Downeast Rainbow Alliance has a slate of virtual events planned for June 13.

Pride-themed windows will be on display all month.

Learn more at

Self-Guided Window Gallery Tour

Eastport self-guided art tour

Artists, homeowners and businesses are celebrating the art blooming in windows all around Eastport.

Local artists and organizers Anne Shields Hopkins and Joan Lowden, in association with the Eastport Arts Center, Eastport Gallery and Tide Institute & Museum of Art, have created the Eastport ArtWalk Map, a self-guided tour of street-level window galleries.

Walk for exercise, following CDC self-distancing guidelines, and bask in the cultural and natural richness of the town.

More information is available at

Full Fathom Five Gallery Opens for Season

‘Incoming Wave’ by Lisa Tyson Ennis


Full Fathom Five Gallery recently opened its doors in Eastport, Maine showcasing wonderful artists, several of whom use photography as a medium, one being fine art photographer Lisa Tyson Ennis. 

Lisa works solely with historical photographic processes, including the beautiful 19th century processes of tintype and wet plate collodion. She has directed her large and medium format cameras towards subjects that symbolically explore the elusive passage of time and change as expressed by the concurrence of ethereal light and landscape. All silver gelatin photographs are hand printed and toned by her in her traditional wet darkroom. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Tides Institute, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art, and has been included in more than 75 solo and group exhibitions.  


“Pissing Mare Falls” by Adam Woodworth


Full Fathom Five Gallery is located at 66 Water St in Eastport.

Additional Saturday exhibitions this summer with receptions at 4-6 PM will include

 July 20: Adam Woodworth, known for his amazing astrophotography and landscapes and Official Nikon Photographer 

August 10: Vittoria Chierici, photographer, filmmaker, and painter whose work is regularly shown in NYC and Italy

August 24: Jim Riccio, an artist who works with watercolor and oils who work reflects his affinity for nature and capturing it’s subtle beauty 


“Single Row Boat”” by Jim Riccio


Full Fathom Five Gallery is also part of the Eastport Gallery Walk which is held on the first Friday of every month July – Sept  at 4-6 PM

See The Forest and The Trees at the Eastport Art Center


The Forest and The Trees is a 20 year retrospective of paintings and weavings with natural fibers by by artist Leatrice Linden. The show opens at the Eastport Art Center, 36 Washington Street, Eastport, Maine on  July 8, 2017, with an opening reception July 9. The Forest and the Trees runs through August 2, 2017.


Linden, a New York artist who moved to Maine in the early 70’s, co-curator and exhibited in The 70’s Show: Art and Place at The Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine. Her work has been exhibited through out the United States and is in collections here and in Europe.


For more information pleas contact Leatrice Linden at