Welcome!

In 1963, 26 Boothbay artists, both year-round and summer residents, saw a need to leave a legacy to this region that had given them both inspiration and livelihood. To start the idea rolling, an auction was held on the library lawn, at which time a sum of $1,700 was collected. This money was used to establish the Boothbay Region High School Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Their aim was to further public interest in the arts, stimulate visual arts in the local schools, and provide funds to educate students in the field of art. Among those twenty six charter members were Weston Andersen, Earle Barlow, Tom Cavanaugh, Robert Courjon, John Heagen Eames, William Keinbusch, Herbert Maynard, Fritz Rockwell, Lawrence Sisson, and Gustaf Tenggren. In addition to fund-raising, the group supplied artist/instructors to the schools, helped form an after-school Art Club, and engaged a part-time art teacher to develop programs and exhibits for displaying students’ work.

By 1965, the original mission was accomplished; and the group re-stated its mission “to create opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy, learn from and participate in the visual arts”. With this well-worded purpose, Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Inc. began its present existence as a 501 {c} (3). From 1966 to 1993, BRAF’s gallery was located in the historic Brick House behind the House of Logan. From 1994 – 2005, BRAF prospered at 7 Townsend Ave where both sales and memberships increased.

In 2006, another short move to 1 Townsend Ave brought another substantial increase in sales and here we are today with 250 members. Boothbay Region Art Foundation’s mission remains the same today as when the mission was set forth in 1965. Our Foundation supports educational programs and art classes, student scholarships, an annual student art show, member shows and sales in our gallery, off site shows and sales, 2 major, annual juried shows and numerous volunteer opportunities.

For information about joining our Foundation as an artist or as an individual who supports our mission, visit our Membership page on this website.

About the Foundation

The Boothbay Region Art Foundation (BRAF) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting art and artists in the Boothbay Region.  The foundation provides numerous opportunities for artists to display their work, participate in off site shows and take part in classes and workshops. The membership of BRAF includes emerging artists as well as many nationally and internationally recognized artists. With 220 members and a forward-looking board of trustees, BRAF is going strong, fulfilling its mission and providing a welcoming venue for local art to be studied, viewed, and purchased. Artists and people who love the arts are invited to become members of this Foundation and be a part of a group dedicated to ensuring that the arts remain strong in the Boothbay Region. The Foundation sponsors scholarships for students studying art, art classes and workshops and day passes for the community families to enjoy the Portland Museum of the Art and the Farnsworth Gallery in Rockland.

The BRAF Gallery is located at 1 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.    In this gallery, you will find the works of established and emerging artists of the Boothbay Region and beyond. The fine art available in the gallery represents the work of painters, sculptors, print makers, photographers and other media and fine reproductions and prints. The work is available in a range of price points.

Our exhibitions run from April through December, beginning with the statewide juried Maine Photography Show in April and concluding with the wonderful Art in the Square show opening the day after Thanksgiving. Other shows include an Annual Student Show (Grades K-12), four non-juried Member Shows, ArtInME, a statewide juried fine art show, off site shows such as individual member exhibitions at local banks. See our Calendar for specific shows, dates and hours.

Gallery Summer Hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. During the off season, the gallery is generally open Thursday-Sunday, but visitors should check the website for specific hours for off season shows.

Board of Trustees

Mark Coates, President
Annette Stormont, Vice-President
John Butke, Treasurer
Ann Hedgcock, Secretary
Bruce Burnham
Doug Fraher
Sue Heil Kibbe
Jennifer Litchfield
George Paton
Susie Porter
Tony Van Hasselt
Jerri Whitman
Sarah Wilde

June Campbell Rose, Gallery Manager

 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Summer Hours
Monday - Saturday
10:00am - 5:30pm

Sunday
11:00am- 5:00pm

Winter Hours
Thursday -Sunday 11:00-5:00pm, or by chance.

 

 

OUR LOCATION

1 Townsend Ave
Boothbay Harbor
Maine   04538

 

 

 

CONTACT US

Phone: 
207 633-2703

Email:boothbayartists@gmail.com