History of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation

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 and 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.

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