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

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.



In the Gallery

"Pause" by Abe Goodale

"Turning Away from the Sun"
August 3 – October 28, 2018

Join Archipelago to celebrate the opening of our new gallery show, “Turning Away from the Sun,” on Friday, August 3rd. We will host a special artists' reception from 5:00pm-8:00pm, during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.

The show, which runs through October 28th, features watercolors by Camden artist Abe Goodale and highlights the work of Amy Peters Wood, Rebekah Raye, Wayne Robbins, and more. New pieces will include paintings, bronze sculptures, carved wall pieces, and wood folk carvings.

Following the recent release of the Island Institute’s 2018 Island Journal, “Turning Away from the Sun” will feature watercolor portraiture by Camden artist Abe Goodale, who is profiled in this year’s publication. Born on a working sheep farm in Montville, Maine, Goodale grew up with a connection to the land, a curiosity of people, and a passion for creativity. After spending the past dozen years working internationally as an artist and wilderness guide, Abe recently returned home to focus on a project closely connected to the local waters he grew up on. This current work is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who make their living along the coast and an industry that is thriving, yet fragile. 

Other highlighted artists in the gallery show will include Amy Peters Wood from Georgetown (egg tempera paintings), Rebekah Raye from East Blue Hill (paintings, bronze sculpture, and carved wall pieces), and Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures). In addition, Sanford glassmaker Karen Gola and Appleton wood turner Richard Dunham will continue to show in the gallery through the fall.

For more information on each of the artists, visit the Archipelago Gallery page here.

The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, both the store and gallery and are open seven days a week; Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact us at (207) 596-0701. 

Left to right: “Passing Through” by Amy Peters Wood and a bronze snowshoe hare sculpture by Rebekah Raye

Other Events

Artists & Makers Conference
Point Lookout | Northport, Maine

Thank you for another great year!
Check back soon for the 2019 conference date and information!

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2018 Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference on Friday, April 6, 2018! We welcomed 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!

For more information, including photos and resources from this year's event, visit the 2018 Artists & Makers Conference page.