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

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.



Recent News

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 new spring and summer items now available! 

Pick up your copy on newsstands now or read more here. 

In the Gallery

Detail of "Pull of the Moon" by Molly Mains

"King Tide" gallery show
On display through September 29, 2019

Opening receptions: August 2 and September 6, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
(During First Friday Art Walk)

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 summer show celebrates Maine’s high season and showcases the work of four Maine women, each using very different mediums and styles to depict both real and inspired landscapes around our beautiful state. The “King Tide” exhibition will be on display through September 29th. 

Featured artists include:

  • Wendy Newcomb of Sebago (oil, gouache, and acrylic paintings)
  • Holly Berry of Waldoboro (woodcut prints)
  • Molly Mains of Bridgton (printmaking and multimedia)
  • Marguerite Lawler of Portland (oil paintings)

Paintings by Henry Isaacs will also be highlighted in the show.

More information on "King Tide" can be found on the gallery page of our website. Select images and updates are also posted on our Facebook page.

Past Events

Travel Notes: An Evening with Henry Isaacs and Daniel Kany
July 25, 2019 | Union Hall | Rockport, ME

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Union Hall in Rockport for a special evening with art historian/critic Daniel Kany and painter Henry Isaacs for a conversation about Kany's new book, "Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs."

An extensive traveler, Isaacs shared stories about the sometimes-quirky genesis of his paintings and share small versions of them, his "travel notes," while he spoke.

Photos coming soon!


2019 Artists & Makers Conference
April 4–April 5, 2019
Northport, Maine

Thank you for another wonderful year!

The 6th annual Artists & Makers Conference took place Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5, 2019, welcoming close to 200 artists and makers from across the state to Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport for a full day of information, networking, and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses.

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 included: George Pearlman, Colin Page, Kenny Cole, Robert Shetterly, Barbara Michelena of CRAFT Gallery, Whitney Burdsall 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 included: 

  • 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?
For more information, including session descriptions and speaker bios, view the 2019 Artists and Makers Program here.

To check out videos, presentations, and photos from this year's conference, visit the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference page.

Island Institute

Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze welcomes attendees to the 2019 Artists and Makers Conference