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Arts and Crafts: Lincolnville Style!

When it comes to gifted artists and craftspeople, there’s no shortage in Lincolnville. From handmade Shaker style furniture chairs to handwoven artisanal wool blankets; to ceramic objets d'art and resplendent watercolors, you are certain to find something to dazzle the eye and satisfy your taste for the finer things in life.

Maine Artisans Co-operative Art Gallery

PO Box 246 - 2518 Atlantic Highway
Lincolnville Beach, ME 04849
207.789.5376

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If you're looking for a variety of Maine arts and fine crafts for purchase, this a great place to start. Located at Lincolnville Beach, the Maine Artisans Co-operative Art Gallery is dedicated to offering the finest local arts and crafts to visitors. Here, you will find an astounding eclectic collection of pottery, jewelry, knitted designs, photography, yarns, sculptures, art pieces, and other hand-produced crafts. Visit their website for hours and seasonal schedules.


Swans Island Company

231 Atlantic Highway (US Route 1)
(2.7 miles north of Lincolnville Beach)
Northport, ME 04849
207.338.9691

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Swans Island Company will change forever the way you think about wool blankets. Known here in Maine (and across the nation), these beautiful handwoven blankets are incredibly soft and luxurious and have a distinctive style that is immediately recognizable by those that are familiar with this brand. Swans Island blankets are available in a range of types (including baby blankets and commemorative linens for your wedding day), sizes, and weights. Merino wraps, scarves, and yarns (certified organic wool, spun and hand-dyed on premises) are also available for purchase.

If you would like to visit their studio and showroom, their hours are:

January – Memorial Day: Mon-Fri 9-5
Memorial Day – October: Mon-Sat 9-5:30; Sunday 10-5
November – December: Mon-Fri 9-5

Please visit their website for products, online ordering, and more information.


J.M. Rogers Art Gallery

2783 Atlantic Hwy,
Lincolnville, ME 04849
207.789.5682

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Artist J.M. Rogers returns to her Lincolnville, Maine gallery annually on June 1st. “Her powerful watercolors, oils and acrylics speak to the hearts of all those who have visited the rocky coast of Maine and have been mesmerized by the pounding surf, or marveled at the fall colors of its hills.” Known for her beautiful watercolors, oils, and acrylic creations, her artwork has graced the covers of Down East Magazine.


Sleepy Hollow Rag Rugs

217 Beach Road
Lincolnville, ME 04849
207.789.5987

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Diane & Wally O'Brien have created something beautiful from something unexpected. At Sleepy hollow Rag Rugs, they weave real rag rugs using strips of old clothing, sheets, table cloths and curtains that span a huge range of fabrics: prints, plaids, ginghams, velour, muslin, and corduroy. You might even spot a row of denim from some old worn blue jeans! They recycle cloth from their own family clothing, as well those of their neighbors into their eclectic collection of handcrafted rugs. It's not uncommon that Diane and Wally come home to find large bags on their doorstep, full of clothing, sheets and sewing scraps, dropped off by a friend.

This unique shop sells a wide variety of large rugs, small rugs, and runners. The rugs are woven using sturdy cotton rug warp, and the ends are finished in either a twisted fringe or a woven hem. It’s a must-see stop in your trip to Lincolnville. And, if you can't fit all of your purchases in your carry-on bag, they will gladly ship them to your home!


Bearse Art Gallery

Located on Route 1, midway between Lincolnville Beach and Camden
207.236.8683

“Look for the bright red roof.” That's how to find the gallery of talented Jan Bearse. Her work, created with original watercolors and oils, is immediately recognizable through her depictions of the Maine scene, seascapes, fresh florals, and unusual still life. This gallery is open daily between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.


van der Ven Studios

257 Main St
Lincolnville, Maine 04849
207.975.3456

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Simon van der Ven lives and works in Lincolnville, Maine with his wife, Kate Braestrup. As a full-time artist, Simon uses porcelain, stoneware, and other materials to produce objects that convey the feelings of warmth, light, and nourishment. As is the case with many successful right-brained creatives, his analytically precise left hemisphere fine tunes his work to measured perfection.

“Most of my work is formed on the potter’s wheel, trimmed, modified, bisque fired to cone 05, glazed and fired again in either an electric oxidation kiln to cone 6 or an Anagama kiln to cone 10. I work with porcelain, porcelaneous stoneware, and high-iron stoneware,” says Mr. van der Ven on his website. “I make most of my own glazes.”

People have the opportunity to buy his handsome work within a range of vases, votives, bottles, cups, bowls, and plates.


Cronin & Murphy Gallery

2574 Atlantic Hwy
Lincolnville, Maine 04210
207.789.5252

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If you’re interested in 20th century art, be sure to visit the Cronin & Murphy Gallery. It also specializes in vintage North Carolina pottery, mid-century ceramics and accessories.


Windsor Chairmakers

2596 Atlantic Highway on US Route 1
Lincolnville, Maine 04849
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Founded by Jim Brown in 1987, Windsor Chairmakers is an integral part of Lincolnville’s Renaissance. No matter which piece of furniture you are looking for (chairs, tables, beds, benches, stools, desks, buffets, chests), the expert craftsmanship is visible in every minute handmade detail. Details guaranteed to last a lifetime. You can also work with Jim and his team to create custom –designed furniture pieces made in solid hardwood and finished in durable traditional materials.

Visitors are invited to come by the shop, watch chairs being made, and talk to the Windsors. They are open June through October (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), and November through May, open Monday through Friday. Visit the website for designs, pricing, and other details.


Antiques Painted Lady

2813 Atlantic Highway
Lincolnville, ME 04849
207.789.5201

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Upon visiting this unique shop, Jennifer Hazard of Maine Magazine said, “Antiques Painted Lady is one of those special shops where I wish I could buy the whole store. Owner Sherry McGrath has an eye for beautiful things, from zebra-striped cabana chairs to colorful farmhouse quilts. After one visit, you’ll have an urge to redecorate.”

Sherry takes deep pride in this store, showcasing a collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century American and European period pieces. These range from formal, sophisticated country, primitive and decorative accents, to a touch of mid-century modern.

As for her constantly changing inventory of antique treasures, visitors can uncover amazingly unique pieces such as rattan, wicker and bamboo furniture, porcelain and pottery, colorful majolica, art, hooked rugs, folk art, mirrors, glass, lamps, and much more.

While many consider it to be a must-see destination on your Lincolnville trip (the tranquil setting on Penobscot Bay with its resplendent, colorful field of wildflowers is absolutely worth stopping for on your way to Belfast or Bar Harbor), you can find for the latest items and inventory online. And if you still need your redecorating fix after you return home, Sherry is happy to ship items, but encourages and welcomes prospective buyers to call her directly to discuss the pieces.


Oyster River Joinery

171 Camden Rd
Warren Maine 04864
207.273.4000

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While this isn’t in Lincolnville proper, it’s a 20-minute drive destination that’s worth popping in. Oyster River Joinery comes from Paul Sampson, a Maine artisan with decades of woodworking experience. Using several species of wood, he shapes them into serving platters accommodating either 6 or 12 oysters. These platters have a food-safe finish, and can be hung on the wall with its leather lace string. For more information on these platters, and how to order them, visit the website or give Paul a call.


Beyond The Sea Books and Gifts

2526 Atlantic Highway
Lincolnville, ME
207.789.5555

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If you want to take in a little art, and go home with some presents for your friends and family – check out Beyond The Sea Books and Gifts in Lincolnville. They have a spacious gallery filled with a new large paintings exhibit, prints, bronze castings, and sculptures.

They also have plenty of unique books and gifts (jewelry, home goods, textiles, stationary, specialty foods and candies) that will cover everyone on your list. Finally, be sure to check out their pretty extensive list of literary and art events. In the past, they have held drawing classes, book signings, illustrated presentations, painting demonstrations, and many other notable events. Check out their website for their calendar, hours, and other information.


So much more to see in the neighborhood

If you're planning on exploring the Midcoast Maine area around Lincolnville in pursuit of art, head south to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport; one of our state’s most premiere art venues. You might also enjoy the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center in Rockland with works from three generations of Wyeths.

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Alex Katz: Inspired by Maine and Lincolnville summer resident

Alex Katz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. Katz was raised in St. Albans (a Queens suburb) by his Russian parents. He began to love art at Woodrow Wilson High School, and later attended The Cooper Union Art School in Manhattan in 1946, a prestigious college of art, architecture, and engineering. This award-winning artist continues to find inspiration every summer in his Lincolnville studio within a “19th-century clapboard farmhouse” he purchased in 1954.

In the late 1950s, Katz moved towards greater realism in his paintings, and became fascinated by portraiture. In the 1960s, he painted large-scale creations – often featuring dramatically cropped faces. Katz took on a new subject in his work -fashion models in designer clothing – in the 1980s. He went onto “environmental” landscape paintings in the 1980s and 1990s – focusing on a series of night pictures. Later on, he depicted flowers in profusion.

Since 1951, Alex Katz's work has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions and nearly 500 group exhibitions internationally. The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland (just a short drive away from Lincolnville and a great day trip –link to Day Trip article) opened an “Alex Katz: New Work” exhibit in June 2012. These large-scale paintings were all inspired by his summers spent in Maine.