Morning on Monhegan, 1898


“Morning on Monhegan, 1898” 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


“Morning on Monhegan 1898”, 11×14, oil on linen


Camden Harbor


“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
“Camden Harbor”, 11×14, oil on linen

2016 Holiday Special!

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

20% off all original, framed artwork… click here to view Gallery of Holiday Special Paintings.  Special lasts until December 31, 2016.

Midsummer Sail“Midsummer Sail”, 11×14, oil on linen


Exhibition: 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 a 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.

View the exhibition at the artist’s studio and gallery: 30 Van Horn Road, East Boothbay, Maine.


July Show in Boothbay Harbor!

Brad Betts, in collaboration with artists Greg Laderer and Bruce MacDonald, will be exhibiting in a group show at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library throughout the month of July.

Please come and meet the artists at the reception on Wednesday July 6, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.


A Good Place to Fish

“A Good Place to Fish”, 24×24, oil on canvas

A-Good-Place-to-Fish_web“A Good Place to Fish” will be exhibited in the 37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.  The exhibit runs October 1 through December 31st, 2016 in Mystic, CT.

Tradition and History Commemorated on Canvas

Thank you to the Boothbay Register for featuring my 2015 commemorative Windjammer paintings! Read the article:

Tradition and history commemorated on canvas – Boothbay Register.

Reprint from the June 18, 2015 Boothbay Register:

Brad Betts oil on canvas
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

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.”

“Heritage Passing Squirrel Island “Schooner Alert Rounding Damariscove Island” 6x8 Oil on Linen “The Bowdoin Approaching Cuckolds Light” 6x8 Oil On Canvas American Eagle Passing Ram Island” 6x8 Oil on Canvas Eastwind Sunset Cruise” 6x8 Oil on Canvas “Ernestina-Morrissey Passing Burnt Island  6x8 Oil on Canvas