Art Gallery in Visitor Center

The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery is housed upstairs at the National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on 9

                                  by Jane Herbert

Water Street in Rockland, Maine.  All proceeds from purchases support the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR.

Current Show (runs through March 20) 

Our winter show features: Jane Herbert of Damariscotta with seascapes of Muscongus Bay; Carla Skinder of St. George with wildlife photography from around the world; and Laurie Murray of Rockland with an exhibit on nature journaling.


   by Carla Skinder


     Herbert is a lifelong painter using acrylics on a variety of surfaces for over fifty years.  Exhibited are realistic seascapes painted during and as a result of visits to islands in Muscongus Bay. She has included several pieces that symbolically reflect both sadness and hope for the plight of our natural world.

     Skinder has traveled the world capturing the wonders of wildlife through the camera lens. This exhibit will highlight some of her favorite photos from around the world, and will be a revolving show. 

     Murray, a former university creative writing lecturer and writing center director and a self-taught naturalist,

       by Laurie Murray

has been taking classes on nature journaling, keeping journals, and excited to share with others. Her exhibit will illustrate the practice of nature journaling and field sketching.  In January, she will be forming a nature journaling group at the visitor center.




Monday – Friday 8:00 to 4:30, stop by the gallery to see our current installations.  The gallery also is open during special evening and weekend programs throughout the year.  Check our events for specific times. 

Some of the past artists who have shown at the Maine Coastal Islands Gallery include:

Michael Boardman, No. Yarmouth, Maine— Watercolor wildlife

Susan Beebe – Rockland, Maine, “Intimate Wilderness: Birds & Their Habitats” Paintings and Prints

Gordon Bok, Camden, Maine – Wood Carvings

Sharon Boody-Dean, Lincolnville, Maine – Acrylics on birch bark

Blaise Botti, Richmond, Maine – Photography

Pam Cabanas, Friendship, Maine – Fine Art

Annie Tiberio Cameron, Montpelier, Vermont – Fine Arts Photography

Keith Carver, Hadley, Massachusetts – Photography

Jordan Chalfant, Bar Harbor, Maine, Paintings inspired by nature

Sandi Cirillo, Searsport, Maine – Fiber Arts

Julie Cyr, Belfast, Maine – Oil on canvas & wood

Lori Davis, Ellsworth, Maine – Photography

John Dury, Vinalhaven, Maine – Photography of wildife around Penobscot Bay

Karl Gerstenberger, Belfast, Maine – Photography

Janet Glatz, Durham, Maine– Watercolor & Acrylic

Jane Herbert, Damariscotta, Maine – Acrylics of seascapes & landscapes of coast

Ed Kenney, Owl’s Head, Maine – Fine Arts Photography

Jean Kigel, Waldoboro, Maine – Asian Brush & Watercolor

Meryl Henderson Learnihan, Catskill, New York – Fine Arts & Illustrations

Roxanne Miller, Bath, Maine – Fine Art – Botanical Specimens

Lisa Mossel Vietze, Appleton, Maine – Macro Photography

Beth Parks, Corea, Maine – Nature Photography

Mark Pilkington, California – Sculptor

Jean Ann Pollard, Winslow, Maine – Sculpted Acrylic Paintings

Kirk Rogers, Portland, Maine – Photography

Libbey Seigars, Whitefield PotteryWhitefield, Maine – Pottery

Sue Shane, Falmouth, Maine – Naturalist bird artist

Linda ShepardUnion, Maine – Fabric wall hangings

Doug Smith, Rockland, Maine – Fine Arts

Carl Solberg, Waldoboro, Maine – Wood Sculptures

Laurie Sproul, Canton, Maine – Floral Wood Sculpture & Design

Gwen Sylvester, Rockland, Maine –  Watercolors & Acrylics

Karen Talbot, Rockland, Maine – Scientific Illustrator & Fine Arts

Ret Talbot, Rockland, Maine – Photography

Lynn Travis, Lincolnville, Maine – Paintings & drawings of flowers & landscapes

Leon Vanella, Newcastle, Maine—Photography

Laura Waller, Rockland, Maine – Water-based oils

John Wood, Rockland, Maine – Oils & Watercolors

Katharine Woodman-Maynard, Greenwood, Maine – Woodcut-style Paintings

Russell Wray – Hancock, Maine, Sculptor

Ray Yeager, Tom’s River, New Jersey – Photography

Sherrie York, Bristol, Maine – Printmaker 

Women Painters of Midcoast Maine & Friends