Shop Eastport Maine and the Way DownEast region from Machias to Calais for fine art, photography, sculpture, folk art and more. Each uniquely represent the Way DownEast spirit and style. Thank you for supporting Maine artists.
Alice Chen is a self-taught artist. She has loved to paint and draw since she was a kid in Taiwan. She participated in the "Paint Eastport Day Event" at Eastport Art Center and sold her first painting! Ever since Alice paints daily.
She explores painting landscape, still life, figure, and even portraits in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. She enjoys the adventure of her self-expressive and experimental art journey.
My work as a visual artist incudes photography, digital montage, painting, monotype, mixed media, jewelry, and fiber art. I take special delight in unexpected vantage points, abstraction, complex layering, intuitive mark-making, vivid color and texture. My art has always been closely connected with my love of nature and I am equally inspired by my surroundings at home and on my travels.
My artist statement sums it up: Swirling dawn mists. Moonlit cloudscapes. Fanciful reflections. Patterns of light and shadow. Full-frame worlds exploding from dewdrops. Abstract urban scenes. Bird songs. Choruses of cicadas, crickets, and bullfrogs. Crashing surf, burbling streams. Footsteps in the snow. Wind in the treetops. Kids playing. City sounds. String quartets with friends. Inspiration everywhere – Never a dull moment!
I began as a potter in Middletown, Connecticut at Weslyan Potters with my outstanding teacher, Betsy Tanzer. There I learned to mix my own glazes, firing oxidation and reduction firing, and some raku. Since then, I have done pottery throughout my life.
Living in Eastport since 1984, has given me the opportunity to experiment with sea glass in my glazes. Using sea glass as my idea and my stamp, incorporating it into my work has been a serendipitous, beautiful, and challenging part of my work. I love the look of a pool of water in my glazes. The sea glass comes right from Eastport's past on its beaches.
Discover the contemporary original, expressive colorist abstract & Eastport inspired landscape & apple paintings of Ben Georgia.
With a 40 year career as a professional artist from the metropolitan New York area with 5 shows in Chelsea, NYC and
gallery representation, Ben loves increasingly his cool summer spot and the presence of Nature with its beauty is in all of his paintings.
143 Water Street, Eastport
Crow Tracks Wood Carving
Cynthia Morse, Pastel Artist
Cynthia taught art in Maine for over 30 years. After retiring from teaching her focus became pastel painting and she enjoys traveling throughout the state to paint.
Nature's profound beauty and solitude are important subjects, as is showing a sense of space, time, and atmosphere. Washington County views are the primary subjects, especially loves painting the blueberry barrens and foggy scenes.
“Pastels are wonderful to work with because of the many color choices and the rich texture that the pastel provides.”
I tend toward line, direction, and force. I focus on motion rather than a point or object and I prefer a dynamic interlocking of shapes to attempts at three-dimensional rendering.
I use a locale as a point of departure, not as a study in nature. I like to find the kernel of a place. I try to keep the excitement of the underlying drawing from being buried under the paint.
What makes an artist? Doing art with enthusiasm for many years is the proof. What starts out looking strange becomes accepted as beautiful over time...Being an artist may be one part talent and nine parts desire.
Don Dunbar, Eastern Maine Images
Don Dunbar on his Eastern Maine Images:
All of my photos are taken with patience, persistence, and sometimes a little luck.
I think that connection with nature and passion for the entire outdoor experience separates my work from other wildlife photographers. I take scenic photos of all seasons, with my most popular photo shot at a temperature of 36 degrees below zero.
See my work in person at Eastern Maine Images, 52 Water Street in Eastport.
Through my sculptures and mixed media paintings, I hope to offer others quiet moments for centering reflection and deepening new possibilities. I create out of personal need and love making connections with others when they too hear my art pieces “speak” to them.”
The mystical and the mythical, the search for understanding and harmony, the conscious creation of self and community are essential parts of my female life and experience. I believe in the power of this connection which originated while I was a classical ballet student in New York. I found through dancing that our bodies are places of knowledge and revelation. Today, I still love to dance. I enlighten my sculpting-self with my dancing-self by posing my own body in the position I want to sculpt.
Greg B. Gordon Photography
My years of traveling the world by water as a professional mariner has given me a unique vantage point of the world. My personal images have an affinity for the oceans and all it interacts with.
I try to provide a glimpse of this connection with nature in my images.
“A glimpse of time in a world full of motion.” Photography gives us the great opportunity of capturing these quick moments of time to keep them forever in our memory.
My painting style has become mostly realistic and very colorful. Hopefully what I paint evokes a sense of warmth and well-being to the viewer. I try to show life as it should be a peaceful place you want to escape to!
After viewing my selected pieces, you will see I love to paint Maine landscapes, seascapes, and floral gardens with occasional figures within them. Living in Maine most of my life has given me the opportunity to enjoy all these vistas and I feel very blessed!
A new Washington County resident, Jennifer tells stories with words and pictures ... often reflecting her appreciation and respect for food, farmers, nature, and now especially the sea.
Joan Lowden Encaustic Painting
My main artistic passion is music, jazz bass in particular, but I had explored visual arts in my youth and developed a renewed interest when I discovered encaustic painting several years ago. Encaustic (from the Greek, "to burn") painting combines hot beeswax with colored pigments and dates back thousands of years.
I am particularly enticed by the textural quality of encaustic painting, and the way that I can merge this ancient art with modern technology, such as digital photography, to create unique works of art.
Encaustic painting is quite similar to jazz because it is very improvisational - you might start with a plan, but the hot wax has a plan of its own, so the art comes from letting the materials ultimately guide the journey.
Many of us as artists have had people say to us, “you have such a gift...” and for me this has been true but not in the way that it is meant.
The gift of being an artist for me is that I find absolutely everything in the world fascinating. The gift of being an artist has given me the ability to observe keenly, feel deeply, honor ideas and visions that come to me and have the courage and fortitude to express all these things in whatever form they decide to ultimately take.
Lora Whelan Art
Lora Whelan lives and works in Eastport. She is a member of the Eastport Gallery and works as the assistant editor and publisher of The Quoddy Tides newspaper.
When not painting or writing, she is enjoying the beautiful great outdoors of Downeast Maine.
The primary motivation for me as an artist is the creative process itself. I just like making something, anything, and I have been trying to make something for years.
My muse over the years has been nature: primarily the ever-changing moods, colors, and power of nature presented through the visuals of skies, from the prairies to the Maine coastline. Since seeing an article in a National Geographic magazine regarding the discovery of sunken cargo from the bottom of the China Sea which showed numerous examples of fine pottery, which was still intact but covered with barnacles and sea creatures, I have been enthralled with altering clay vessels and raku firing them to capture this same phenomenon that took Nature 100's of years to create and I can replicate in a few weeks.
Knox Martin writes, “Ms. Martha Bloom is an awakened poem- perhaps the only thing that is awake in the world… her art and ebullient teaching ability is at the heart of what is compassion and intelligent depth, a rare patience which plumbs what makes creation possible…”
Michael Morse, Folk Art, Wood Carving
Michael and his wife Cynthia own the Eastport Breakwater Gallery at 93 Water Street in Eastport, Maine.
Growing up on coastal Maine, he was always drawn to sea life, birds, and the simple beauty of the shoreline. A fascination with duck decoys and wood carving, in general, attracted him to the world of folk art.
“I especially like working with driftwood. I like to think that Nature and a little imagination tell me what a piece of wood will become."
Peesh Rewak McClanahan
My work has been described as playful, colorful, moody loose, and experimental.
I paint often and enjoy trying new techniques. When I was a child I loved mixing concoctions... I made ink from berries and created new colors from my mother's lipsticks and nail polishes.
How lucky I am to still be able to delight in the same sorts of basic pleasures. This is not to say that I don't take art seriously. I paint with a Plein Air group and have benefited by taking comprehensive classes. I plan to paint until the very end...
Sherry Ashby, Art and Garden
Painter | Printmaker | Illustration
Design and Seasonal Service
We make art and gardens here in beautiful Lubec, Maine.
Lots of love goes into everything we do.
Inspired by coastal Down East living, we work and live by the seasons.
Custom work accepted.
Susan Moore Photography
Hello, Sue here...I have had a camera in my hand since I was eighteen months old and have never stopped shooting. While I would love to see those renderings from when I was little, I like to think I retain that small child's wonderment of the big wide world.
I love to delve into my subject's "ish", what makes them tick, what they hide from the world, what makes them laugh, cry, feel powerful and shows their vulnerability.
Website and Studio in Eastport, Maine: