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.



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

Fall/Winter Gallery Show (through Spring 2018)

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.

Artists & Makers Conference

Thank you for another great year!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2017 Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference on Friday, April 7, 2017! We welcomed over 150 artists and makers from across the state to The University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast for a full day of information, networking, and presentations on a variety of topics from professionals and peers.

Check out photos from the day here!

The 2017 conference offered three themed tracks highlighting 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! 

New features this year included:

  • Three tracks throughout the day—Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational (focus on one track or mix & match from different ones!)
  • A Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire our creativity
  • ​A DIY tabletop photography workshop
  • Opportunities to meet with and have your product reviewed by retail experts
  • Opportunities to meet with and have your fine art portfolio reviewed by gallery experts

For a complete list of speakers & presentation topics, see the conference agenda:

2017 Artists & Makers Conference Agenda

For copies of the speaker presentations, see the individual PDFs below:


Approaching Stores and Galleries (Nire Cook, Maine Crafts Association)

Getting Started in Business  (Jenn Dobransky, New Ventures Maine)


Grants and Opportunities for Artists and Makers (Julie Horn, Maine Arts Commission)

Best Practices for Shows and Fairs (Kathleen Buchanan, Grey Seal Press)

Creating Your Social Media Scrapbook (Abbie McGilvery, From the Nest)


What is my vision? (James Morin, Flowfold)

Sharing Stories, Stretching Ourselves (Julie Horn, Maine Arts Commission)

Maine Marketing and Branding Trends_Andrea Beaulieu (Studio Linear)

Maine Marketing and Branding Trends_Tammy Knight (Maine Made)

Afternoon Extras

2017 Artists & Makers Pecha Kucha presentations

DIY tabletop photography with Michael O'Neil

Let us know what you thought!

Take a few moments to let us know what you thought about the 2017 Artists & Makers Conference. Fill out our survey, and help us make 2018 even better!