2018 Holiday Special!

Down East Gallery is pleased to offer 20% off select paintings by Brad Betts over this year’s holiday season, extending from November 12 to December 24, 2018.

Click on the paintings below (organized by size) to view the 2018 Holiday Special gallery.  Sale prices do not include shipping or Maine state sales tax (5.5%).

6×8 Paintings (Sale Price: $400 each):
8×10 Paintings (Sale Price: $760):

9×12 Paintings (Sale Price: $960):

11×14 Paintings (Sale Price: $1,440):
After a Day’s Haul, 11×14, o/l, en plein air
Other Painting Sizes:


SEPT 27: Maine Outdoor Film Festival!


Join us for the MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL at Down East Gallery!  Celebrating art, music, film, and outdoor adventure with an evening under the stars at Lincoln County’s first film festival.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

5 – 7 pm:  ART + MUSIC


  • Bring your own beverage, picnic and blanket to enjoy an evening under the stars watching independent films by Maine, national and international documentary film makers.
  • A 9′ x 12′ outdoor movie screen will be set up in the mowed field on the slope of the hill behind the barn – a natural ampitheater!  As this will be the first official week of the Fall season, please plan to bring some extra sweaters or blankets to keep warm and solid shoes for walking in the field.
  • In case of rain, the show will go on!  Rain location will be in the 1904 post & beam barn.
  • Films begin 30 minutes after sunset (about 7:30 pm).
  • The film line-up will include the Audience Winner for the 2018 Summer Broke and Stoked short outdoor film contest “Fly Girls” by Phoebe Parker (featuring Edgecomb’s own Brynna Nelson)!
  • Special Appearance: the Director of “This Place called Nuka”, Dave Weich, will be in attendance and available for Q&A after the film.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $3-$5 / person. MOFF has raised funds and awareness for Teens to Trails, which supports Maine high school outing clubs with cash grants, organizational support and programming.

LOCATION: Down East Gallery, 146 Boothbay Road, Edgecomb, ME.  The gallery is located on Route 27, only 1/2 mile south of US Route 1.  Parking is available across the street from the gallery at the Edgecomb Eddy School.

CONTACT:  Brad Betts, 207-318-3282, bbetts@maine.rr.com

FILMS TO BE SCREENED (in no particular order):
Film Name- Director- Running Time
Fly Girls – Phoebe Parker – 3:00
Bailey and the Alewives – Molly Haley Photography & David Meiklejohn – 5:19          Freediving the Deepest Blue Hole in the World – 360 Media Ventures – 6:21
Playing on the Pinn – Rob Johnson – 10:50
One Week At A Time – No Umbrella Media – 11:17
After the Man – Kalle Bailey, Alec Salisbury, Ben Freeman – 15:36
This Place Called Nuka: Courting Adventure in Wild Alaska – Dave Weich Sheepscot Creative – 22:20

*Screening schedule is subject to change*

There will also be a brief intermission with a free door prize raffle.


MOFF for more information on film screenings all around the great state of Maine!

Down East Magazine: Going Bigger

Boothbay Register: Where It’s At


PERCEPTION Art Show – August 18

In collaboration with Zelo Arts Collective, Down East Gallery is excited to announce an exhibition at our East Boothbay gallery!  PERCEPTION is a contemporary display of mixed media including sculpture, photography, paintings, plastel and music, featuring four emerging artists:

  • Lindsey Appleyard
  • Samuel Betts
  • Ben Betts
  • Brianna Del Mar

PERCEPTION encourages discussion of how we interact with the world around us, based on our perception of natural and social stimuli. Our artists invite you to expose your senses to our art, engage in our interactive displays, and allow these unique combinations of art to inspire you: consciousness and nature, experimentation and collaboration, personal and impersonal, visceral and technical.

Join on us for the opening party this SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 from 5-7 pm at Down East Gallery East Boothbay, located at 30 Van Horne Road in East Boothbay, ME.


Cottages & The Maine Coast

From August 7 to September 8, Down East Gallery will be featuring paintings and sculptures that capture the spirit of the Maine Coast. Featuring maritime paintings by award-winning artist Brad Betts, ASMA, the exhibition “Cottages & The Maine Coast” will include over 60 paintings of Maine’s oceanside cottages, crashing surf, beach roses on the shore, cottage gardens and classic sailboats gliding through Maine’s harbors. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 10 from 5 – 7 pm and will feature live music by steel drummer Ben Betts.

Down East Gallery is located at 146 Boothbay Rd./Route 27, only one-half mile south of U.S. Route 1. The gallery features fine contemporary art by Brad Betts as well as sculptures, woodwork, glassware, tapestries and ceramics by a curated selection of Maine’s finest artists. With over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, the gallery is located in a 1906 farmhouse and a 1904 post and beam barn, surrounded by a 35-acre farm with sculptures set amongst the gardens.

The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday and Monday by appointment or by chance (closed September 1 for a private event). For more information, contact artist/owner Brad Betts: 207-318-3282; bbetts@maine.rr.com or visit DownEastGallery.com.


Birds on the wing, grasses swaying in a field, a schooner heeling in blustery seas… WINDSWEPT features a collection of fine art paintings and sculptures that reflect the beauty and intensity of wind.

The exhibition runs from July 10 to August 4.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday July 13 from 5 – 7 pm!

Morocco in Maine!

Boothbay artisans Diana Kerr and Kathleen Jones travel frequently to North Africa and visit bazaars and tribal villages to collect one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods.  Our “Morocco in Maine” show will feature their 2018 collection of stunning, handwoven textiles, jewelry and artifacts.

Spinnaker Finish

Spinnaker Finish, 7.5 x 15, oil on linen by Brad Betts

This painting has been accepted into the juried 39th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 – DECEMBER 31, 2018

The 39th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale is a comprehensive juried show that showcases the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models depicting ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, along with scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors, and the wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document the relationship of man to the sea that still survives today.

Morning on the Point

We are fortunate to be able to walk out our door each morning and around the 3-mile Ocean Point loop.  The view of Green Island and the jagged rose-lined coast of the point, backlit by the rising sun, never ceases to inspire me.

Morning on the Point, 11×14 oil on board by Brad Betts


A schooner captain from the harbor called as he and the crew at a local boat yard had pooled their funds for a commission of “Grayling”, a catboat belonging to the yard owner who was scheduled for major surgery. I was reluctant to commit, intimidated by the thought of painting a beloved sailboat for a bunch of guys who knew so much about boats. But when I did, it reminded me of how lucky I am to be a painter, to be a part of telling and preserving these local stories.

Festival of Lights Pop-Up Gallery!

Down East Gallery is excited to host our first Pop-Up Gallery!  Running from November 7 to December 23, 2017, the Pop-Up Gallery features a diverse, carefully curated exhibition of unique Maine-made artisan goods.

In addition to  featuring small works by  Brad Betts and our core gallery sculptors, the Pop-Up Gallery features the work of the following artisans:

Alie Brussel Faria: Pottery

Bowl with Blue Glaze

Andre Benoit: 3-D Wood Sculptures

3D Wood Sculptures

Danielle Rose Byrd: Handhewn Wooden Wares

Shrink pot

El Bolso Portland

Hand block-printed el bolsos

Elephant Ceramics

Erica A. Moody: Fine Metal Work

Stainless and Copper Ladle

Jess Wrobel: Textiles and Decor

Crow Pillow

Kathleen Jones: Jewelry

Brancusi Earrings

Lindsey Appleyard: Mixed Media Art


Patrick Moore: Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards


38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition

We’re very pleased to announce that “Drying Sails in Camden Harbor” by Brad Betts was selected for the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.  The award recognizes paintings that are “outstanding examples of creativity, insight and integrity in marine art.”

SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 – DECEMBER 31, 2017

The 38th International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale is a comprehensive juried show that showcases the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawing, sculpture, scrimshaw and ship models depicting tall ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, along with scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors and the wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document the relationship of man to the sea that still survives today.





The painting “Morning on Monhegan, 1898” by artist Brad Betts has been selected for a national maritime show at the Copley Society of Art. Juried by John Stobart and Russell Jinishian.

May 20 – July 6, 2017

COPLEY SOCIETY OF ART, Upper Gallery, 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA






Brad Betts’ painting “Camden Harbor” has been selected for the America and the Sea exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

April 29 – June 18, 2017

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT






Holiday Special 2016!

Down East Gallery is pleased to offer a Holiday Special for 2016!

Offering 20% off all original, framed artwork by Brad Betts… click here to view Available Paintings.  Special lasts until December 31, 2016.

Midsummer Sail





Five Days on Monhegan

No one painting can capture the spirit of Monhegan Island.  This collection of paintings and sketches shows glimpses of life on the island, inspired by Brad and his wife Danielle’s five day visit in the summer of 2016.  Read the Artist’s Journal.

Opening Reception: August 26, 2016, 4 – 6 pm at the artist’s studio. Exhibition runs from August 26 to October 2, 2016.

BRAD BETTS STUDIO: 30 Van Horn Road, East Boothbay, Maine






37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition

“A Good Place to Fish” will be exhibited in the 2016 International in Mystic Seaport.


The 37th annual International Marine Art Exhibition is a comprehensive juried show that showcases recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document man’s relationship to the sea.

The exhibition runs through October 1 through December 31, 2016.





Group Show: Betts-Laderer-MacDonald

Throughout the month of July 2016, the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library will be exhibiting a collection of work by three local renowned artists:  Brad Betts, Greg Laderer, and Bruce MacDonald.  The three artists are permanent residents of the Boothbay region who find camaraderie and friendship painting together throughout the year, both outdoors and in the studio.  The show will run July 1 to July 31 and you can meet the artists at the opening reception, July 6, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.





Acadia Centennial Exhibition

These three paintings of Acadia National Park are on display at the Maine State Capitol until the end of March 2016.AcadiaCentennialLogo_sm

Read the article in MaineToday.com: Art in the Capitol

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“Champlain Mountain” 24×36 Oil on Canvas


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“Frenchman’s Bay” 15×30 Oil on Canvas


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“Sunset Over Cadillac” 24×36 Oil on Canvas





36th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition

The 36th annual International Marine Art Exhibition is a comprehensive juried show that showcases recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world. This exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document man’s relationship to the sea. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models depicting tall ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, and scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors and wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world.

The exhibition runs through December 31, 2015.

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“Fair Winds and Following Seas” 18×24 Oil on Canvas by Brad Betts





Tradition and history commemorated on canvas

Tradition and history commemorated on canvas – Boothbay Register.

Reprint from the June 18, 2015 Boothbay Register:

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Brad Betts’ “Lazy Jack Cruising the Harbor,” 6 by 8-inch oil on canvas. This painting, and those of the six others attending the 53rd Windjammer Days Festival, are on display at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in Boothbay Harbor. Betts is the Artist of the Month at the library through June 29. See these and other works by the East Boothbay-based artist.

East Boothbay artist Brad Betts has had a connection with the sea, old sailing vessels and maritime scenes. That connection was nurtured during his years growing up on the Gulf coast. Betts has a passion for history, particularly the fishing industry, so it too is a oft visited theme flowing through his works.

One of his recurring subjects is the Ernestina-Morrissey, now at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard for restoration. It has long captured his eye and imagination. As a Gloucester fishing schooner, its fine lines are undeniable, but its many “lives” are fascinating. In addition to being used for fishing, it has been an Arctic research vessel, transatlantic packet schooner and finally, an educational venue. This is a vessel Betts was drawn to.

“This is a special schooner to me, as I have used it as a subject in several maritime paintings shown at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s International Exhibition,” Betts said. “But many are not aware that the well-known ‘Man at the Wheel’ statue on the Gloucester waterfront commemorating those lost at sea is Captain Clayton Morrissey, one of her original captains. When I heard (Ernestina-Morrissey) was going to be in Boothbay Harbor, I knew I had to paint her again.”

After the artist learned Ernestina-Morrissey was one of the seven vessels in this year’s Windjammer Days festival, he was compelled to paint all of them to commemorate their journey here.

“I decided to paint each ship within a local scene,” Betts said. “As a maritime painter, I’m continuously amazed by the changing character of the ocean and waves, and I tried to represent that in each small 6 by 8-inch painting. For instance, the Ernestina-Morrissey is gliding by Burnt Island Light under sunny skies and a light wind.”

Betts depicts Bowdoin, another vintage vessel now used as an educational venue, approaching Cuckolds Light, Alert rounding Damariscove Island, Eastwind passing Ram Island Light, American Eagle sailing off Ocean Point, Heritage passing Squirrel Island and Lazy Jack here in the harbor.

All seven paintings are included in Betts’ current exhibition at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library as its Artist of the Month through June 29. Each sells for $600 with 20 percent to be donated to the Friends of Windjammer Days in support of the festival. The 6 by 8-inch paintings will be framed and can be purchased directly from Betts at 207-318-3282 or bbetts@maine.rr.com.

Mark Gimbel, of Friends of Windjammer Days, said everyone in the organization were thrilled to hear of Betts’ idea.

“We love that artists are inspired by the beauty of the Windjammers that attend our festival,” Gimbel said. “We also thank Brad for his generosity in making a contribution to our nonprofit organization.”

Betts’ inspiration to create these colorful paintings didn’t begin and end with the vessels; he is a fan of the festival that brings them to the region.

“We’re fortunate that members of our community rallied together to form the Friends of Windjammer Days to keep this great tradition alive,” Betts said. “I felt inspired to do something to help and hope it raises awareness of our fascinating maritime heritage.”





Brad Betts is June Artist of the Month

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“White on Blue,” oil by Brad Betts

The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library’s June Artist of the Month is Brad Betts of Down East Gallery, East Boothbay. His nautically themed artwork will be on display June 2-27.

Betts has been an artist for over 20 years and is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). His paintings have appeared in solo and group shows throughout New England, including the Mystic Seaport Gallery’s acclaimed “International Marine Art Exhibition” for the past seven years. In 2006, he received the “Maritime Gallery Yachting Award” at this exhibition and in 2008, was recognized as one of “Four Distinguished Artists” at the Mystic Seaport Gallery.

In 2011, Betts’ maritime painting “Cup Challenge” was selected by internationally renowned author Ferenc Maté for the cover of “Sea of Lost Dreams,” the second book in the Dugger/Nello series. He is currently working on a book cover for Maté’s first book in the series, “Ghost Sea.”

Betts’ inspiration to paint all things nautical is an outgrowth of his youth, which he spent around the Gulf coast waters, deep sea fishing and sailing. Today, his paintings reflect his lifelong appreciation of the sea.

His work is filled with movement: schooners under full sail battle through wind-driven seas and Friendship sloops gliding through the calm waters of Maine’s inlets. The classic Betts oil painting is a summer day in Maine: blue skies, billowing sails and shimmering seas.

In 2007, Brad and his wife, Danielle, made the decision to move to East Boothbay, a beautiful seaside village famous for boat building. Living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers him the opportunity to connect daily with classic scenes that most inspire him.

Betts has achieved his mastery of maritime painting through a blend of both technical discipline in the studio and a focused effort to retain his natural, inspired style, which he seeks this through painting plein air.

“When you paint outside, the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts,” Betts said. “In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within.”

For more on this artist, visit https://downeastgallery.wordpress.com.

The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is located at 4 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor.





Down East Gallery lights up East Boothbay

July 4th 2014

Artist Brad Betts held a grand opening for his first studio, Down East Gallery, on July 4. The gallery was designed by Betts’ wife, Danielle, stands in the same 16′ x 20′ area as a sunflower garden the couple planted when they first moved to the area. Read the full article here…..

Marine Masters Exhibition “By the Sea: Coastal, Seascape and Marine Art Show”

Friday, March 7, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Coasting the Keys

Palm Avenue Fine Art will exhibit a collection of marine art, coastal landscapes, and seascapes by a group of world-renowned artists.

On display March 7 – 21, 2014.





Boats and Harbors

Saturday, September 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Loading the Traps, South Bristol

Brad Betts SOLO SHOW

September 19 to November 2, with the opening reception Saturday September 21st from 5-7.

Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, 207-633-6849, www.gleasonfineart.com





A Tribute to the MDI Historical Society

Thursday, May 30th  – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

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2013 Gallery Opening, The Gallery at Somes Sound and Art Collector Maine

In becoming an active member of the community, the Gallery (formerly The Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay), will be celebrating its name change to The Gallery at Somes Sound. Artist Brad Betts brings historic Somesville to life in a newly commissioned painting entitled “Back in the Day on Somes Sound”;also on display will be Artist Anne Wheeler’s hand painted ceramic tiles featuring a few of Somesville’s historical landmarks. A portion of the sales proceeds of these items will support the MDI Historical Society on its continued mission of promoting the history of Mt. Desert Island.

Detail at left of “Back in the Day, Somes Sound” circa 1900.





34th Annual Modern Marine Masters

April 21 – June 9, 2013

Siesta SailsThe Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is proud to open its 2013 season with the 34th Annual Spring Exhibition and Sale, Modern Marine Masters. The exhibition celebrates the timeless beauty of the sea and ships with contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, and scrimshaw created by award-winning artists from around the globe.

See works that inspire the artist’s spirit, including classic racing yachts, elegant modern vessels, everyday working boats and the men who make their living from the sea, scenes of busy harbors, and paintings of serene beaches.

A private patron reception will be hosted Saturday, April 20, at 5 p.m. Learn more about the Maritime Gallery’s Patron Membership Program.

Paintings: Siesta Sails, April Sunrise at Ocean Point





Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters

December 1, 2012 – April 7, 2013

On the Mooring, South Bristol, Oil on Linen
On the Mooring, South Bristol, Oil on Linen

This invitational exhibition features more than 100 framed paintings and drawings displayed and available for purchase – each no larger than 8 inches in height or width (excluding frame). Original works by more than 40 top Maritime Gallery artists are featured in the exhibit and they include paintings of majestic ships, yachting and working boats, coastal scenes, marshes and marine wildlife.

“Each painting is truly a small masterpiece created by some of the most respected maritime artists working today,” said Jeanne Potter, director of the Maritime Gallery.

Paintings: South Bristol Harbor, Monhegan Boats





ArtinMe Statewide Juried Exhibition

October 13 – November 3, 2012


Open to the public at the BRAF Gallery, One Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Hours: Daily 10am-5pm, Sundays: 11am 4pm

Reception & Awards Presentation: Sat., Oct. 13, 5 – 7pm





A Gathering of Marine Masters

August 9 – Labor Day, 2012

Art of the Sea Gallery in South Thomaston Maine presents “A Gathering of Marine Masters – in Miniature”, a collection of marine works 8″ x 10″ or smaller.

For more information and directions to the gallery:






Lyme Art Association Marine Art Invitational

August 3 – September 22, 2012

Lyme Art Association presents exceptional marine paintings by members of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).

Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 6-8pm.






33rd Annual International Marine Art Exhibition

September 23 – December 31, 2012

Discover maritime art by famed artists from around the world at the 33rd annual International Marine Art exhibition and sale. All works in the exhibition are available to view and purchase daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission to the Maritime Gallery is free and a portion from all Gallery purchases helps support maritime preservation work at Mystic Seaport.

This year’s exhibition features more than 100 of the finest examples of new paintings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ships models by award-winning marine artists from around the world. The range of artistic subjects include majestic ships from racing yachts to fighting sail; coastal scenes of waterways, beaches, and marshlands; marine wildlife and the working boats and people whose lives and fortunes depend on the sea. Each work of art captures the enduring beauty and wonder of our seafaring world by today’s masters of maritime art.

Eight prestigious named awards and five awards of excellence — including the Rudolph J. Schaefer Maritime Heritage Award, which recognizes the work that best documents our maritime heritage, past or present, for future generations — will be given by invited judges at an awards dinner and preview Saturday, September 22 (dinner by invite only).






MH+D Show 2012

June 30 – July 1, 2012
Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport
Show Hours: 10am-5pm, Saturday and 10am-4pm, Sunday

The Maine Home+Design Show will bring the pages of Maine Home+Design to life in a specially constructed 30,000 square foot clear span semi-permanent structure on the grounds of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport – a more cohesive exhibition experience. The show features more than 150 exhibitors, the AIA Pavilion, and a pop-up gallery of works from Art Collector Maine. Join us from June 30 to July 1 for an experience like no other, and feel as though you’re walking into a living version of the magazine.

Fore more information:  http://mhdshow.com





Art. Works. Opening Reception

Friday, June 8, 2012 | The Colony Hotel

A preview party at the Colony Hotel showcasing the works of some of Maine’s most collectible artists from Art Collector Maine, a multifaceted marketing platform designed to raise the national profile of Maine art. Meet Erica Archer, founder of Wine Wise, and learn about the different wines featured at this reception, and how they best pair with the different hors d’oeuvres created by The Colony Hotel’s executive chef. Live music by Old Soul. Sponsored by Coastal Jewelers. 5pm-7pm, Ticket Price: $35.00

140 Ocean Avenue | Kennebunkport | thecolonyhotel.com
To buy tickets:  http://www.kennebunkportfestival.com/events/art-works-opening-reception/