Maine Art Gallery

From founders to mentors: 2024 season honors its past, looks to the future

Sat, 02/17/2024 - 10:45am

Story Location:
15 Warren Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578
United States

Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery continues to grow in membership and statewide recognition with an exhibit and program season that highlights the influences of early members and provides more opportunities for contemporary artists.

From April to October the gallery will be filled with work that showcases the importance of artistic legacy. The exhibitions will include youth art, two shows of work by member artists, a plein air event, and a juried show based on a theme. Each show will include a reception with the artists, and many will offer artists’ talks.

The 2024 season begins in April with a K-12 Wiscasset Public Schools Student Art Show on three weekends. The first floor of the gallery will present works by the students and their teachers. At the same time, the second floor will hold “Generations: The Legacy of Mentors,” an exhibit of Maine Art Gallery artists from the 1950s and 60s, accompanied by select artists they influenced. April 13-28.

In May, “Generations: The Legacy of Mentors” continues on the second floor concurrently with a first floor exhibit of work by Maine Art Gallery member artists whose statements describe their mentors and their influences. May 2 - June 9.

With June’s warmer temperatures, the gallery presents “Paint it! Wiscasset,” an annual plein air event. The artists will have a week to complete paintings throughout Lincoln County. One day of that week will be devoted to painting within the village. At the same time, the second floor will hold “Drawn to Maine: Contemporary Drawing and Printmaking,” a juried show of artistic expressions in a variety of drawing and printmaking processes. June 13 - July 21.

Beginning in mid-summer, recent work by the artist members of the gallery will be shown in “Made in Maine: Annual Members Show.” This will include a wide variety of mediums as well as representational and non-objective approaches in a range of techniques. July 25 - Sept. 8.

The season ends with “Nocturne,” works of fine art that portrays evening or night, a theme that began to be explored by American artists who were influenced by James McNeil Whistler’s nocturne series in the late 1800s. This juried show will feature work that explores the theme in all mediums and styles. Sept. 12 - Oct. 20.

Calls for art will be sent approximately two months prior to each exhibit opening. Now is a good time for artists and art lovers to join the Maine Art Gallery or renew membership. Members receive discounts, priority notice, and additional opportunities for showing their art. Visit to join, renew, or donate.

The Maine Art Gallery thanks season sponsor Sherri Dunbar, Tim Dunham Realty, and program sponsors Ames True Value, First National Bank, Les Fossel Restorations, Barnes Custom Window Treatment, and Red's Eats. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available until March 1.  

A nonprofit organization, the Maine Art Gallery is dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the visual, fine and applied arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstration and educational programs for children and adults since 1958. More information can be found at and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset.

The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, with free on-street parking. From the north on Route 1, turn right onto Federal St. (Rt. 218) then left onto Warren St. From the south on Route 1, turn left onto Federal St., then left onto Warren St. From Main Street shops, we’re an easy 8-minute walk.