Supporting the Creative Economy

Maine has long been known for its ability to inspire artists, and the islands of the Gulf of Maine have been particularly associated with the production of fine arts and crafts. Archipelago, the Island Institute store and gallery, showcases a broad and unique collection of handmade art, craft and design that represents the very best of Maine's islands and coastal communities.

Since Archipelago opened in 2000, we have returned nearly $1.5 million to Maine’s artists and makers, providing an important component of the Institute’s work to sustain the economic viability of these special places by diversifying local economies. 

Shop Archipelago and you will find delightfully special and one-of-a-kind items. You’ll also be helping to support one of Maine's greatest natural assets: its island and working waterfront communities.

Remember, Archipelago is ever-changing, just like the seasons of Maine.

Retail Store Hours

Now open 7 days a week!

Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



SAVE THE DATE:  2018 Artists & Makers Conference!
April 6, 2018 | Point Lookout – Northport, ME

The 2018 Artists & Makers Conference will take place on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will be held in Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine.

The annual Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference brings together over 150 artists and makers from around the state for a full day of information, networking, and presentations on a variety of topics from professionals and peers. The event attracts participants from all four corners of the state – from Kennebunk to Houlton and Machias to Bethel – and offers three themed tracks that highlight information for those just starting a business, those looking to take their business to the next level, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business!

Just announced! This year's keynote speaker is Peter Korn, Executive Director of Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman.

2018 schedule, speaker lineup, and registration information coming soon!

Photos, presentations, and information from the 2017 conference can be found here.

Fall/Winter Gallery Show (through Spring 2018)

(Pictured L-R): “Penobscot Bay,” Claudia Diller; “Two Murres,” Kathleen Buchanan; and “Ten Birches on the Lake,” Anne Walker

Celebrate autumn colors and the changing seasons with a new selection of paintings and local works of art at Archipelago! The show, which highlights the work of printmaker Kathleen Buchanan of Grey Seal Press, painters Claudia Diller Art and Helene Farrar, and fiber artist Anne Walker, will be on display through the Winter. Other featured artists include Belfast artist Annette Huval, who will bring her amazing, one-of-a-kind felt holiday sculptures to Archipelago. Contact Archipelago at (207) 596-0701 with any questions.

Highlighted artists:

  • Kathleen Buchanan, Grey Seal Press (printmaker)
  • Claudia Diller (painter)
  • Helene Farrar (painter)
  • Anne Walker (fiber artist)

Other featured artists:

  • Annette Huval (felt sculptures)

See the gallery page on our website for more information on the opening or the highlighted artists for the Fall/Winter show.