opening reception

Attendees of a lively opening reception at one of the gallery’s annual Youth Art Month exhibitions, featuring works by students from all around Washington County, are shown. Photo by Robin Farrin of Coastal Maine Photography

Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery exhibits local as well as state, national and international visual art.  Exhibitions include discussions and lectures pertaining to the exhibited work.  To fulfill the larger purpose of educating, engaging and entertaining the greater Eastport community concerning the visual arts, additional lectures and discussions will, from time to time, be offered.  The gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or appointment.

2019 Schedule:

June—The Working Waterfront: Paintings by Jim Riccio

Opening reception, June 15, 4-6 pm
featuring live music by Sánchez & Squibb

July—A Painter’s Retrospective: Works by David Orrell

Opening reception: July 5, 3-5 pm

August—Look Back in Wonder: Works by Heidi Reidell

Opening reception: August 4, 4-7 pm

September—Open Show: Self Portraits

2019 Season

March-April: Annual Youth Art Month Exhibition

Cub scouts in pursuit of an Art Explosion Advancement badge came to view the Youth Art Month Exhibition at EAC’s Washington Street Gallery on March 30. The scouts are members of the Webelos Den led by Sonya DePriest, part of Cub Scout Pack 132 based in Calais. Photo by Brandy Argir.

This popular annual exhibition showcases work from local schools, including colorful and creative drawings, paintings, paperworks, prints and sculpture by students ranging from kindergarten through grade 12. Participating schools will include Beatrice Rafferty Elementary, Calais (elementary, middle and high school), Charlotte Elementary, Eastport Elementary, Edmunds Elementary, Elm Street School, Machias High School, Perry Elementary, Rose Gaffney Elementary, Shead High School, Whiting Village School and Woodland Jr./Sr. High School.

May—The Flip Side of Our Experience 

This show will feature works created in response to the following statement: “Being female comes with its perks. But too often women are subjected to abuse at the hands of the males of our species.” The opinions of the organizers and artists of this show do not necessarily represent those of the Eastport Arts Center.

2018 Season

May: Paintings by Arthur Cadieux

An exuberant and beloved Eastport artist, Cadieux passed away in 2015. The large-scale, colorful paintings in the exhibition were left by Cadieux to the arts center, which he loved. All were painted in Eastport.

June: Harmony/Disharmony: Paintings by Peesh Rewak McClanahan & Lora Whelan

This exhibition explores the expansions and contractions found within harmony and disharmony. Through the use of single and mixed media, including acrylic and oil paints, pastels, graphite and collage, paintings will range from Whelan’s exploration of endangered species and the factors contributing to their decline to Rewak McClanahan’s exploration of how music, human and otherwise, unites harmoniously but also has discordant features that add to the whole experience for the musician and the listener.

July: Missing Voices: Photographs by Vivian Taylor

Taylor’s photographic series dates from the 1990s, when she began work on a book about the life of Ruth Hamilton, a colleague and prominent African-American singer in Boston, Massachusetts. The photographs originated in interviews for the book in Boston, Cambridge, and other Massachusetts cities, as well as in Atlanta, Georgia, where Hamilton was born. The project came to include musicians, clergy, family and friends from various churches, a synagogue, an outdoor cathedral in New Hampshire, and an ancient church in Pont-Aven in Brittany, France where Ruth performed.

August: Women in Vision: Soul Journey

Participating artists are Sherry Ashby, Lisa Marqis Bradbury, Elizabeth Ostrander and Shanna Wheelock. Along with Sharon Kiley Mack, who was unfortunately unable to join in for this exhibition, the Women in Vision group came together to encourage themselves and other women to grow wings, express and share their female voices, vision, and creativeness while living their lives along the beautiful Bold Coast of Maine. Since 2013, the group has engaged with audiences through art talks and exhibitions in Eastport, Machias and Lubec. Their focus is on journeying through life intuitively; welcoming the soul’s inexorable pull towards becoming oneself.

September: Nothing But Nudes!

This open show will feature works by dozens of area artists in many media, including painting, sculpture and photography. The brainchild of Mona Love of Perry, the special exhibition has been three years in the planning and making.

To submit works to the show, artists should bring pieces ready for hanging to the EAC during the scheduled submission times, August 30, 1-7 pm or  August 31, 1-5 pm. Questions (especially about sculpture) should be emailed to

October: Through Her Lens: Women Photographers Of Mid-Coast Maine, 1895-1925

Turn of the century photographer Ida Crie brought her camera everywhere, and captured scenes of daily life in the Rockland area and beyond. In this image, Unknown Waders, three women have raised their long skirts to go wading. Their gaze suggests they are watching something in the water below. It is rare to see so much of a woman’s leg exposed in this era; it would have been considered quite bold.

Between 1895 and 1925, five Mid-Coast Maine women were producing striking photographs.

Ruth Montgomery, ‘Miss Addie Rice’

As far as we know, Evie Barbour, Joanna Colcord, Ida Crie, Harriet Hichborn, and Ruth Montgomery were never acquainted. Their circumstances, abilities, approaches, reasons for photographing, and the geographical range available to each of them for making pictures, varied widely. Colcord and Montgomery travelled with seafaring families to far-flung ports; Crie and Hichborn were enthusiastic and imaginative amateurs; and Barbour was a professional, producing real-photo postcards after the death of her first husband. This exhibit showcases the myriad subjects that caught the gaze of these women, in Maine and beyond. We are invited to look—through her lens—at unique views of coastal Maine life, portraits, intimate domestic scenes, life aboard ship, and bustling foreign ports.

Harriet Hichborn, ‘Kidder’s Point’

This exhibit explores the multitude of ways women mediated—through the lens of the camera—shifting roles in public and domestic life during a time of great social change in Maine and the nation. Women incorporated camera work into their daily lives, as artists, amateurs, preservationists, professionals, and as travelers and explorers, while photography altered the way men, women, and children saw the world, themselves, and each other. More information about the exhibition (and an invitation to participate!) may be found here.

Washington Street Gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or by appointment.

A note about nudes:

From the dawn of mankind, artists have been moved to sculpt and paint the human face and figure. The Eastport Arts Center supports this artistic tradition as part of our art exhibition and art education missions. The Washington Street Gallery hosts monthly art shows, which, from time to time, may include works portraying the nude human form. Our regular Life Drawing workshop is open to all.

For artists interested in showing work at the gallery, please find an application form here.