How two of Maine’s first year-round artists made Maine an arts destination

Posted 2016-07-28

By Henry L. Miller / Bangor Daily News Community

“Stell Shevis — and her artist husband, William (known as “Shevis”), who died in 2010 — moved to Belmont in 1945 at a time when artists who could make a living in Maine year-round were rare. Despite Maine’s longstanding importance as a source of inspiration for artists, most of the artists associated with the state before then were seasonal residents, who spent summers on the coast before returning to Boston, New York, or Philadelphia to sell their work.

…many galleries, like the Island Institute’s Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery in Rockland, are champions of year-round artists, including those living in more remote settings like Maine’s islands whose work would otherwise not be as accessible.”