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, 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

Monday - Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED



In the Gallery

Left to right: “Pocket Beach Loon Point” by Valerie Aponik, “Sky Embers II” by Nina Devenney, and “Ice Puzzle” by Wendy Newcomb.

Winter gallery show — on display through Spring 2019

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

The Gallery's winter show celebrates the quiet light of winter and features artists with cheerful, cozy work. The show, which includes paintings, carved wall pieces, prints, ceramics, wood folk carvings, and more from a variety of Maine artists will run through the winter.

Pieces on display include:

  • Representational paintings by Wendy Newcomb that feature the inland and coastal landscapes of Maine
  • Intricate carved wall pieces featuring crows and other animals by new Archipelago artist Doug Frati
  • Plein air paintings reprsenting Maine's four seasons by Valerie Aponik
  • Collagraph prints by Kathleen Buchanan that bring you right to the water's edge to view seabirds and wildlife
  • Custom map prints and creative geographic expressions by Molly Brown that explore the inlets and islands of Maine's coastal landscapes
  • Paintings by Nina Devenney and Sally Loughridge that feature winter moonlight and sunset-colored landscapes
  • Woven recycled-lobster warp mats and wreaths by WharfWarp to decorate walls and floors with colors sure to cheer
  • Featured carvings by Wayne Robbins showcasing his wood sculptures of shorebirds and sea mammals
  • Wooden bowls, vases and artistic pieces made from locally found burls by wood turner Richard Dunham
Select images from this show can be seen on our Facebook page in the Winter Gallery Show album.

Upcoming Events

2019 Artists & Makers Conference
Thursday, April 4 - Friday, April 5, 2019
Point Lookout | Northport, Maine

Early-bird registration now open!

Join us at Point Lookout in Northport for our 2019 conference and a full slate of information, networking, and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses. This year, the conference will begin with Thursday afternoon content and will continue all day Friday. 

Open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine, the annual event attracts participants from all four corners of the state 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!

This year's speakers include: George Pearlman, Colin Page, Kenny Cole, Robert Shetterly, Barbara Michelena of CRAFT Gallery, Whitney Birdsall of New England Made, Alex Steed of Knack Factory, Karen D’Silva of Creative Services Agency, Laura Serino of Island Apothecary, CERF+, and many more!

Featured topics include: 

  • Successes and Failures on Instagram
  • Insurance Planning for Artists and Makers
  • The Impact and Importance of Email Marketing
  • Financial Resources and Opportunities for Maine Artists 
  • Pathways in Fine Art and Craft
  • DIY Photography Workshop
  • Growing from Collaborations
  • What is an Artists’ Obligation to Society?

Register by March 10th for our special early-bird rate of $40 per person for both days!

For more information, including session descriptions and a tenative schedule, visit the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference event page.

Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze welcoming attendees to the 2018 Artists and Makers Conference