Welcome to the online Arts Guide 2016…

Banner (above) is a detail of our cover image, a mixed media/found object pin by the late J. Fred Woell. Read more about Our Cover Artist.

Banner (above) is a detail of our cover image, a mixed media/found object pin by the late J. Fred Woell. Read more about Our Cover Artist.

Providing visitors to mid-coast and Downeast Maine with web and print coverage of visual and performing arts, dining, events, and so much more for 17 years…

From early June through Columbus Day, the print version of Arts Guide is distributed free in hundreds of locations from Deer Isle and Stonington throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula, Castine, and Ellsworth.

Over the years, many visitors have told us they take their copy of Arts Guide home to keep as a reminder of their trip and as a reference for their next trip.

Now, Arts Guide Online offers links to our advertisers, including events, places to eat and sleep, as well as printable maps, miscellaneous information.

Check out the Towns (above) to see what you can do in the individual towns (including a map of each town), to find out how to locate galleries, good places to eat and sleep, and more.

Each town page has an advertisers sidebar; please make sure to tell our great advertisers that you saw their ad online at Arts Guides.

Want to advertise or be listed on the website?

On the Advertise page, you’ll find advertising rates for both the print and online Arts Guides, as well as a link to download a PDF of the rate sheet. Although there is a specific deadline for advertising in the annual print Arts Guide, you can place an ad on the website at any time.

Our readers – and our advertisers – are important to us. Please let us know what you think!


Arts Guide going strong at 17…

This year marks our seventeenth issue, and without our faithful advertisers, this little book filled with information about everything from what to do on a rainy day to where to eat or who has a new gallery, would not exist.
Also, without you – our faithful readers – none of us would be doing what we do best.  All theartists and sculptors, jewelers and potters, photographers, chefs and entertainers rely on your annual visits and support.  
A great big THANK YOU from Arts Guide to each and every one of you. Whether you are an old friend returning for the umpteenth time, or someone on their first visit, a longtime advertiser or a newbie, we couldn’t do this without you!

My very able bodied office assistant –Max the Poodle.  He’s also good at riding shotgun on delivery days, alerting me to visitors at the door, and he is a natural anti-depressant!

My very able bodied office assistant –Max the Poodle.  He’s also good at riding shotgun on delivery days, alerting me to visitors at the door, and he is a natural anti-depressant!

Seems like the past seventeen years flew by in a blur, with “cover” stories featuring the late Judith Leighton, Deer Isle’s Turtle Gallery, Blue Hill’s Liros Gallery, Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, and so much more taking up our pages. We hope we may have inspired others to follow their dreams and open their studios, or start painting, drawing, making pots…

Over the years, we have had just three office assistants. The first two – a brother/sister team – brought me gifts of dead mice when I was working on deadline, occasionally walked across the keyboard, but rarely knocked anything over in the process.  My late cats Hoyt and KK were those two able bodied assistants.  

My current assistant is a 6-year-old Standard Poodle named Max.  His biggest job around the office is to get me out of the chair, out of the office, and into the fresh air to walk and play fetch.
I couldn’t do all this without his help (read: distractions), nor would I want to.  Here’s to many more years of Arts Guide!