All around the town…
New restaurants and galleries take Deer Isle by storm!
Deer Isle’s Main Street is hopping this summer! Three galleries and a coffee shop have moved in, and the street will be a destination for coffee, fine jewelry, paintings, and much, much more.
Devta Doolan Jewelry
As you turn onto Main Street from Route 15, the first building on your right has been purchased by Devta Doolan, an extraordinary fine jewelry from Portland. He has completely renovated the building, opening up the front with large storefront windows, and given the whole place a great sprucing up.
His jewelry is primarily high karat gold with colorful gems. In addition, he will show the work of several other jewelers. Gabriel Ofiesh makes beautiful graceful work in both silver and gold. John Iversen is known for his eclectic designs incorporating natural design elements. Barbara Heinrich uses gold and pearls and opals in luscious cool shapes with oceanic contours. Bree Richey creates beautiful silver and gold plated forms that work in any context. Ashley Buchananan makes individually hand pierced shapes in brass that are then powder coated in primary colors. Her earrings and necklaces are bold and modern. Geoffrey Giles makes delicate gold forms highlighted with diamonds
He will show glass by Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck who make technically elaborate work in a classically Venetian style, as well as functional ceramics by Jeanne Bisson and Ikuzi Teraki from Vermont.
There will also be decorative objects from the mid to late 20th century.
Next door, Gallery Mozelle returns to Main Street with an assortment of fine craft and jewelry artists from Maine, New England, and a little beyond. Gallery owner Maureen Farr (yes, the same M. Farr who brings you Arts Guide!) will be showcasing her own Mozelle Fine Jewelry alongside work by jewelers Wendy Jo New, Christine Peters, and Kat Cole; fibers by Ron King and Pat White; glassware by Providence-based Peandoublyou (P+W); and an array of ceramics from Maine potter Tyler Gulden, Three Wheel Studio, Erin Moran, and Austin P. Smith of Camden Clay Co.
Look for works on the wall by Graceann Warn, and others.
Stop in to say hello, meet the official greeter – Max Poodle – and find that special something for yourself or someone you love.
Coffee…for here or to go
Next stop is the new location of 44 North Coffee! Locals have been waiting for the new space to open, and it promises to be the hub of activity for anyone who treasures excellent, locally-roasted, and sustainably grown coffee. Get your caffeine fix right there, grab a bag of beans for home, find some cool coffee swag, and rub elbows with like-minded folks from right here, and far away!
Tuesday Night Market
Don’t forget the Night Market, located in the building next to 44N, every Tuesday from 4-6pm! This is the place for fresh, local, organic produce, Tinder Hearth breads and pastries, Mia Kanazawa’s amazing Asian delights, local cheese, meats, espresso and lattes… and it’s all indoors so it happens rain or shine!
At press time, there was hope that the building could be renovated to house a sandwich and ice cream shop by July. We certainly hope that comes to pass, and if it does, it will be another very busy place!
J Summerall Studio
At 13 Main Street you’ll find the J. Summerall Studio, a gallery/shop featuring works of art by Jennie Summerall and Jeff Kopish. Jennie Summerall will exhibit the latest collages from her ongoing series called “Paper Trail,” in which she depicts animals using a variety of handmade papers. Kopish makes colorful ceramics both useful and whimsical. Additionally, Summerall plans to carry an eclectic assortment of gift items including vintage textiles.
Jennie says she is “intrigued by the intersection of human civilization and the natural world” and explores that theme in both her paintings and her talks.
Next door, the DIAA gallery will be open again with revolving shows by member artists throughout the summer.
Pilgrim’s Inn has new owners this summer. Nicole Nedar and Scott Hall bought the Inn this winter, and are settling in to life as innkeepers, and fitting in to the community! The Inn was built in 1793 as a private home by Ignatius Haskell. In 1890, his descendant, Elizabeth Cush Haskell, began operating the house as a guest house, called The Ark. After her death in 1944, the Ark was unoccupied and fell into disrepair until George and Ellie Pavlov bought it in 1975. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and has been operated as a seasonal inn ever since.
Nicole and Scott are the sixth owners of the inn. Neither has innkeeping experience – having decades long careers in other fields – and they bring a love of the building and the community to their new venture.
At press time, the inn was being prepped for another summer season, and the new owners said they would be keeping the existing staff in place, and maintaining the same high quality service and food as before.
The Whale’s Rib tavern at Pilgrim’s Inn is open for dinner, with a full bar, fine food, and great service. Make a reservation, enjoy your dinner, and welcome our newest innkeepers to the island!
Now There’s a Treat
When we went to press in May, we learned of a new restaurant and catering business in Deer Isle. There’s a Treat – a new venture by Theresa Gove-Eaton – is located at 366 South Deer Isle Road,formerly the Clamdigger Restaurant. The pre-opening buzz was that they would be open from 7am - 9pm, at least five days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stop in for a meal, or a treat – and tell them you read about it right here in Arts Guide!
…meanwhile in Stonington
We are excited to welcome another newcomer to the island – this one, a new face and jewelry gallery on Stonington’s West Main Street.
J McVeigh Jewelry
J McVeigh Jewelry is the culmination of a lifelong dream of the very talented John McVeigh – a jeweler and professional opera singer! He bought the building last fall, and has spent the winter renovating and preparing it for his first summer season.
He says as a teenager he was introduced to metal arts and music simultaneously and “struggled to choose between the two. However, the choice was clear: music had to come first and the rest would come later.”
After making his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1997, he soon returned to his other passion, jewelry. In 2003 he started on his jewelry path, not knowing where it would lead him, saying he was quite intimidated by all of the “artists” around him and that he “felt like I couldn’t meet their standards.”
In 2005, he applied to Haystack as a student, and fell in love. He says he pulled off the road on his way home from that two weeks and said to himself, “One day I want to be on this island, three months a year, looking at the ocean and making beautiful jewelry.”
Fast forward to 2017, and John McVeigh has realized that dream, with a roster of 15 jewelry artists who, in his own words, “are all master craftsmen, and embody the true meaning of the word artist.”
He says he will combine his love of music and art by partnering with the Opera House to present cabaret evenings in conjunction with trunk shows most Friday evenings during the summer.
“As an artist, I feel incredibly fortunate to finally be able to realize, in a tangible way, both my love of music and art,” he says. “I look forward to introducing and, in some cases, re-introducing some amazing artists to the community, the summer residents, and the surrounding areas.”
He plans to continue his career as a professional opera singer, while also supporting “the amazing efforts of the Stonington Opera house and Haystack School of Craft, and dive into the amazing community on Deer Isle.
“Hopefully I can bring a small awareness to the incredible artistry and craftsmanship of the jewelers I represent, as well as the talented singers and musicians I will bring to the gallery, and combine the two, which to me is being an artist.”
The gallery at 27 West Main Street will be 1/3 working studio for McVeigh, and 2/3 gallery. Make sure to stop in and see just what this amazing man has brought to town!
…the Stonecutter’s Kitchen
While you were away last winter, more changes happened in Stonington. Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant has been reinvented as the Stonecutter’s Kitchen. Same location, a new look, and a more casual way of dining. Walk in through the Harbor View Store to the order counter, check out their great menu of local seafood, and so much more. Then place your order and take it away or find a table and eat in. Offering casual shorefront dining, this place with great deck views, and fresh local seafood may be just the ticket for the whole family.
Stonecutter’s Kitchen overlooks the Hagen Dock – which had a major overhaul last winter. More parking, a lovely sidewalk along the water’s edge, and prime views of the Harbor and beyond.
New owners, Jay Brown and Dana Durst, purchased the Inn on the Harbor last fall from Christina Shipps, and moved here from Pittsburgh, PA.
Durst is a former educator and spent some time teaching at the University of Pittsburgh with a background in early childhood development. Brown spent much of the last few decades as a photo journalist, documenting concerts for bands who were on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream.
About three years ago, the couple started looking into bed and breakfasts, focusing on Maine’s mid-coast, and hoping to find one in a thriving community.
With the help of a broker, they finally narrowed the search to Inn on the Harbor, and after an afternoon’s conversation with former owner, Christina Shipps, they knew this was the one for them.
While they plan to keep the existing staff, they are making plans to get a liquor license this spring, and offer small plates to the Inn’s guests and their guests only.
Over the winter, the back deck on the harbor was replaced, and other changes were made, but the general feel of the Inn remains the same.
They plan to source food from local farmers as much as possible in an effort to support other small businesses in the area.
If you are not staying at the Inn on the Harbor on this trip, pop in, see what’s happening, and get acquainted with Stonington’s newest innkeepers!
What are you doing DIS Friday?
The Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of its new director, Annie Taylor-Gray, is reviving the ever-popular Friday Artwalks. But this time, they are planning two every month – First Fridays in downtown Stonington, and Third Fridays in downtown Deer Isle.
At press time, the plans were firmly in place, with scheduled events beginning June 2 in Stonington, and June 16 in Deer Isle.
The Friday night events will run from 4-7pm, and will include a variety of activities and specials.
Look for red flags at participating locations – and tell them how much you appreciate their efforts!