The village of Stonington, located at the southern tip of Deer Isle commands a spectacular view of a far-reaching archipelago. Visitors drawn by the physical coastal beauty of the area also discover fine restaurants, inns and a rare oasis of fine art galleries and studios.
Stonington Galleries and Studios will hold its last First Friday open gallery night for the season on Friday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to sample exhibitions of fine art and crafts and refreshments at 9 sites on Main Street, Stonington and adjoining streets. Brochures, maps and links to individual artists and galleries can be viewed online at stoningtongalleries.com.
On Main Street, three galleries face the harbor. Isalos Fine Art represents recent works by 20 artists. Avery Falkner Gallery, a third-story studio situated behind the ice cream shop, shows abstract paintings, drawings and mixed media. At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery offers plein air landscapes of Penobscot Bay. And a little further, on Upper Sea Breeze Ave., Lorraine Lans shows landscapes in oil and portraits in her studio.
“Line of Cones” by Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art
For some, the gallery “walk” might end there, but the journey is not complete without short drives on either side of Main Street. To the west, past the post office toward Sand Beach, Carriage House Arts offers decorative gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.
In the other direction, up the hill from Main Street (north on Rt. 15) the road forks to the right onto Indian Point Road where Shari Ciomei exhibits paintings of local island scenes and a new line of products bearing her designs. The hill forks to the left as North Main Street (Rt. 15). From there, it is a short distance to Geoffrey Warner Studio and a display of handcrafted furniture and recent variations of his owl stool. Next door is Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio of pinhole photographs, metal assemblages and artist books.
“Stonington Piers”, pinhole photograph by Anne-Claude Cotty
For more information, please call 367-2700 or 367-6555.