Returning to Route 15, the next diversion takes you left at the Reach
Road. About 2/10 of a mile on your right you’ll see Greene-Ziner
Gallery. Melissa Greene makes beautiful earthenware pots and Eric
Ziner creates sculptural metalwork. They tell us their organic farmstand has the same open hours as their gallery this year, offering produce, eggs, goat cheese and yogurt, and so much more.
Returning again to Rte. 15, and just before you get to Deer Isle village
(about 5 miles from the bridge), watch for Susan Hutton’s sign
on the left. Susan makes really beautiful jewelry – affordable
and appealing to many tastes. Her gallery also houses work by a number of other fine artists – including paintings and photography.
Next, you’ll see Frederica Marshall’s studio sign on your left. She exhibits her watercolors and Asian brush paintings, offers classes for kids and adults, and her husband, Herman Kidder carves name seals in the Asian tradition, as well as creating jewelry and small forged items.
Just beyond, you’ll find Turtle Gallery on your left. Owner
Elena Kubler’s eye for fine art and contemporary craft is reflected
in her rotating shows. Be sure to visit the sculpture garden. (Click here to read the article about Turtle’s 30th year)
Take a right turn onto Dow Road and stop at Pearson Legacy Gallery – Carolyn Hecker’s gallery offers rotating shows and the gorgeous jewelry of Ronald Hayes Pearson all in one stop.
Next door, Dowstudio Gallery is excited to open after a sabbatical year. Co-owned by Carole Ann Fer, potter, and Ellen Wieske, metalsmith; Dowstudio offers a unique gallery setting each season, with established and emerging artists from over 65 studios across the US, as well as – for the fifth season – the artists of Spindleworks, an art center for adults with disabilities in Brunswick, Maine .
As you go down the road to the village, Susan Webster’s Studio (in the big yellow house on your left) is open by appointment only this summer.
The village of Deer Isle is home to the Lester Gallery, at the corner
of Route 15 and Main Street, featuring Terrell Lester’s beautiful,
original photos, as well as work from other fine Maine photographers.
Red Dot Gallery, a cooperative featuring paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and mixed media created by its 9 artist/owners, plus jewelry by other artists, is located on the corner across from the Lester Gallery.
Just two doors from Red Dot, Fibula features beautiful jewelry by
owner Laura Giverts and others, as well as photography. As an added
bonus, you can stop in here for a great cappuccino, espresso, or latte
and light pastry!
Two doors further on, step into the Islands Gallery at 13 Main Street to see original watercolors by Diane Kirk, as well as unique copper jewelry, and wood carvings and feather pins. Diane says “if the flag is out, we’re open!”
Be sure to stop in at Deer Isle Artists Association’s Gallery in the building next to the library. DIAA member artists display their work in rotating shows throughout the summer.
And, of course, another not-to-miss place: Neva Beck offers cards,
gifts, newspapers, and books at the Periwinkle, across from Harbor
If you have time, plan to have dinner at the Whale’s Rib Pub
at Pilgrim’s Inn, offering a range of delicious food from casual
to more upscale daily specials.
Continuing through the village on Bridge Street (Rte 15A), Vincent’s Ear gallery has re-opened this summer in the yellow cape on the left. In addition to fine silver jewelry by Mozelle, you can find paintings, pottery, and fibers by other artists.
Don’t miss Ray and Frankie Bradley’s gallery, located two houses further on the left. Ray makes amazing whirlygigs and if you’re lucky, Frankie’s paintings just might be on the walls too.
After that, turn right onto Pressey Village Road. On the right, after
the turn, Carol Wainright’s River Horse Rugs studio is open
A little further, on the left, you will find Bunzy Sherman’s
barn gallery showing her own salt-fired pottery, as well as interesting
work by her late husband, Irving.
If you stay on Rte. 15A towards Stonington, you will come to Marie
Palluoto’s Red Door Pottery about a mile further on towards
Sunset. Marie’s work is beautiful.
Just beyond Marie – on the same side – check out Wildflower Gallery, where you can see paintings by Dave Taylor and pottery by his wife, TanyaWhile you are right there, poke your head in at 44 North Coffee – on the second floor – for hot or iced coffee, or freshly roasted beans to take home. .
But wait! Let’s not get away from the village too far just yet
– you’ll want to check out Bruce Bulger’s workshop
and gallery, on the first floor of the Seamark Building on Church
Street (Rte. 15). Also, on the second floor of the Seamark Building,
Holley Mead’s Deer Isle Designs offers interior design services.
And, of course, for those of you with young children looking for fun
things to do, there’s the Seamark Workshops. This great non-profit
provides summer arts workshops for children and adults.
While you are right there, poke your head in at 44 North Coffee – on the second floor – for hot or iced coffee, or freshly roasted beans to take home.
Just up the road from Seamark, John Wilkinson opens his sculpture
studio and garden in the lovely yellow Mansard house across from Heanssler’s.
Watch for his open sign, or call ahead for an appointment …
Don’t miss a trip to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; take
a left onto Sunshine Road across from the Irving station. Every Wednesday
at 1 pm, there’s a walking tour of the studios. If you’ve
never been out there, it’s well worth the seven mile drive.
Not only is it fun to see what people are creating in the studios,
but also to walk down the 100 or so steps to the flagpole at water’s
edge and admire the view. Haystack also offers evening slide presentations
by faculty and staff, as well as end-of-session auctions every second
Friday (check our online Calendar).
On the way to Haystack, keep an eye out for signs for a few off-the-beaten-track
Your first stop is Buzz Masters Studio – newly re-opened on French Camp Road. Watch for the sign on your right. Her stunning paintings incorporate drawings of familiar images from everyday (boats, laundry on the line, people)with her beautiful color palette.
Next, watch for Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies on your left.
This funky little place is a must-stop for anyone visiting Deer Isle.
Peter Beerits’ whimsical sculptures, made from salvaged wood
and found objects, are scattered everywhere.
Just a little further on, Christine York Studio, on your right, features
Christine’s abstract watercolors, plus jewelry, textiles, and
Less than 2 miles more and you will see a sign for Conary Cove Glass
Works on your left – where Joleen Dodge creates and shows her
beautiful lamp worked beads and jewelry.
After that little jaunt, get back on Rte. 15 and watch for Carolyn
Caldwell’s studio about three miles south of town on the right
across the street from the old Mt. Warren church at the top of the
hill. She paints some of the most luscious, beautiful pastels I’ve
seen in a long time. At press time, we learned that she’s only open by appointment this year…
For a relaxing picnic away from lots of people, there’s Mariner’s
Park, located on the Sunshine Road just after the turn from Route
15. The park is maintained by the Evergreen Garden Club, and provides
only the basics – there is no restroom or running water, just
open, rolling fields, a simple boat launch, and picnic area. Please
respect this little haven – it’s maintained completely by volunteers.
Shore Acres Preserve on Greenlaw District Road, off Sunshine Road,
offers a 1.5 mile trail loop through woods and along the shore. This
beautiful little preserve is maintained by the Island Heritage Trust.
There’s also a nice hiking trail on Goose Cove Road. And, watch
for signs along Route 15A that indicate hiking trails. They should
have trail maps available, and all the trails offer easy, scenic hikes.
Whatever your game – miniature golf, or regular, or even tennis
– you can do it in Deer Isle! For the golf or tennis buff there’s
a place for you at the Island Country Club on Route 15A.
Maybe you’d like to rent canoes, kayaks or bikes. All are available
at several locations on the island, including Granite
Island Guides, and Old Quarry Ocean Adventures. The islands and waters
here are some of the most beautiful in the state for sea kayaking.
How about some lunch?
There aren’t many places to sit down and eat lunch
in Deer Isle, but one of the busiest local spots is Harbor Ice Cream,
right on Main Street in the village.… and, of course, you can
always get a cold ice cream!
Latté, cappucino, and espresso addicts can stop into Sophie’s Cup on Main Street for a jolt of caffeine and some delicious pastries. This is a great spot to meet friends – both new and old.
Out of town, on the way off-island, Madelyn’s Drive In is located on Rte. 15 about two miles north of the village. With a full array of takeout from hot dogs and hamburgers, to ice cream, this is a welcome addition to the summer choices.
Oh my aching bones…
When all is said and done, vacationing is hard work. If you
need a little T.L.C., you can get a massage from “Auntie”
Charlo Davis at her studio on Route 15 (by appointment only).
Whether you like to shop, gallery hop, dine, hike, swim, kayak, or
sail – there’s plenty to do here. If this is your first
visit, we hope you enjoy it, and plan to come back another year.