Since 1957, the Maine Art Gallery, a nonprofit arts association, has provided one of the most beautiful exhibit spaces on the coast for the work of amateur, as well as professional, Maine resident artists to be seen and appreciated. Even those that have never exhibited before are encouraged to follow in the footsteps of Zorach, Nevelson, Wyeth, Tan and other greats too numerous to mention whose work has graced the serene 1807 Academy building on Warren Street.

MAG shows a wide range of work including fiber art, sculpture, hand-pulled prints, photography, jewelry, miniatures, watercolor, oils, acrylic, ink, drawing and pastels. Artists can show in three salon-style exhibits as part of their membership and may choose to enter three competitive juried and themed exhibits.  The gallery also hosts several events to keep its artists in the thick of activity at several locations along the Route 1 corridor.

There are classes, workshops and demos on such diverse subjects as traditional oil techniques, marketing, portraits and botanical art. In addition, there is space for solo exhibits, group shows, meetings or performances. This year, Maine Art Gallery has been awarded two grants that will greatly help its mission. Artist members will increase their marketing power through web presence, group press coverage and events designed to bring you up on the radar of art collectors and investors in the art world.

Maine artists interested in joining the Maine Art Gallery may request a membership form by email to info@maineartgallery.org. The website is maineartgallery.org, and there is a MAG Facebook page as well.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.