Archipelago, the retail component of the Island Institute, showcases Maine artists and makers whose work reflects the beauty and endurance of Maine's islands and coast. They exhibit through its store and gallery - both online and on Main Street in Rockland. Since opening in 2000, Archipelago has advanced the careers of more than 1500 Maine residents, while playing a pivotal role in Rockland's emergence as a dynamic center of arts and culture. In doing so, it has become a prominent element of Maine's creative economy. As an economic development program of the Island Institute, Archipelago staff spend over 400 hours a year mentoring artists to increase skills and knowledge for running arts-based small businesses. Archipelago also offers the Artists and Makers Conference every April providing workshops, keynote speakers, and networking to support art-based businesses throughout Maine.

We're proud to sell only made in Maine gifts, crafts, housewares, jewelry and art! Over 300 artists from 20 different islands and the coast of Maine are represented.

OUR HISTORY

This May 10, 1956 photo of the Pillsbury Block located at 386 Main Street shows the well known Senter-Crane’s department store which occupied the building from 1926-1994. The block was built in 1859 by Samuel Pillsbury. The second floor was occupied by the Knox County government offices from 1860-1875 and the Rockland Commercial College after that. Today the Pillsbury Block is our home.

A 1923 interior view of the W.O. Hewitt Co. department store that was located in the Pillsbury Block at 386 Main Street (above). In 1926 Wilbur Senter and Kennedy Crane founded Senter-Crane Co. and moved into this building. The well known elevator can be seen in the background. This is the lower level of the building where Archipelago's store, gallery, and stock room are located.

Come say hello!

Lisa Mossel Vietze
Director

Frances Holdgate
Retail Store Manager

Genevieve Bristol
Product Coordiantor

Cynthia Trone
Customer Service Associate

2021 ARTISTS AND MAKERS CONFERENCE

The 2021 Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference is happening this Spring! Join us April 5 - 9 for a week-long virtual event for artists, makers, and arts-based businesses featuring: Live and pre-recorded events; web-based creative and business resources; opportunities to connect, learn, and create.

Here's the link to Artists and Makers Week as well as our Creative Economy Hub for a plethora of resources and content for artists and makers.

We're grateful to our sponsors! Thank you Ethos, Summer Maine Properties, Bangor Savings Bank, First National Bank, Page Gallery, and Versant Power.

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