About Archipelago

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, supports and showcases Maine artists and makers whose work reflects and promotes the beauty and endurance of Maine’s islands and coast. 

Since opening in 2000, Archipelago has helped advance the careers of more than 1,500 Maine artists and returned more than $2.5 million in commission sales 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.  

Archipelago also organizes the annual Artists and Makers Conference and provides mentoring to coastal artists.

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

Wednesday - Sturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Upcoming Events

Coastal Maine Voices: Our Maine
July 8, 2020 | 2:00-3:00PM

Join us for a special online visual journey and conversation with the artists as we explore perspectives on Maine through the lenses of five fine art photographers. Through visual and conversational language, they will share how Maine serves as an inspiration for their bodies of work, their creative process in making images, and their personal experiences that serve as the foundation of their creative lives. Learn more and register here.

In the Gallery

"Our Maine" gallery show

The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine.

Our Maine features five fine art photographers celebrating Maine—Josie Iselin, Jim Nickelson, Lisa Mossel Vietze, Olga Merrill, and Terry Hire. This exhibit will remain in the gallery through Saturday, August 1, 2020 and online through December 31, 2020. 

To learn more about the artists and work featured in “Our Maine," visit the gallery page of the Archipelago website.

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Archipelago named 'Best Made-in-Maine Shop' by Yankee Magazine!

Archipelago, the Island Institute's store and gallery, has received the 2019 Editors' Choice Award for "Best Made-in-Maine Shop" from Yankee Magazine! Thank you editors of Yankee for recognizing Maine's wonderful artists and makers as well as the amazing staff who make it all happen. Be sure to visit us in person or online to check out some of the our great, locally made items.

Read more here