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Supporting the creative economy since 2000
Shop Archipelago, and you will find delightfully special and one-of-a-kind items made in Maine, and you will be helping to sustain one of Maine's greatest assets - its island and working waterfront communities. Like Maine's seasons, Archipelago is ever-changing, so stop by and see what's new!
2021 Island Journal
JUST IN! The 2021 Island Journal has arrived! This year's Island Journal takes a look at three of the largest and most ecologically diverse bays on the East Coast: the Chesapeake, the Narragansett, and the Penobscot.
The Journal, as always, continues its tradition of bringing the wonders of Maine island life and culture to readers with essays, profiles, fiction, poetry, and art.
Be sure to look at Michele O'Keefe's folio of her prints, also on exhibit at Archipelago through September 25 and available for purchase.
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Announcing the Creative Economy Hub
Have you heard? Archipelago and the Island Institute have launched a hub for artists, makers, and arts-based businesses featuring artist voices and stories, pre-recorded events, web-based creative and business resources, as well as opportunities to connect, learn, and create.
If you missed Artists and Makers Week, here's a link to check out the recordings of the events. Be sure to also visit the Creative Economy Hub for a plethora of resources and content for artists and makers.
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Archipelago's COVID response
Archipelago is working hard daily to ensure that our customers, staff, and communities are safe by following the Maine CDC retail guidelines for our Main Street location. Here is our page for our current retail store guidelines.
Website is always open for shopping...and we offer curbside pick up for either phone or website orders. However you feel safe, enjoy shopping with Archipelago knowing your are directly supporting Maine's vibrant and resilient artists and makers with each purchase.
Archipelago Artist Profiles!
For this next feature in our ongoing series of Archipelago artist profiles, the Island Institute’s Lisa Millette introduces us to encaustic painter, Helene Farrar, whose nature-inspired pieces create a profound connection to Maine and the world around us.
Known for her paintings of trees, flowers, and birds, Archipelago artist Helene Farr is inspired by a strong connection to place, including the mountainous regions of Farmington and Sugarloaf where she grew up hiking. She uses her preferred medium of encaustics, also known as hot wax painting, to capture the bright colors and engaging textures of Maine’s flora, fauna, and landscapes with a molten blend of beeswax and resin. Learn more about Helene and her work in the most recent Archipelago Artist Profile.
Read the full profile here. Shop Helene's art here.