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Brad Betts, Impossible Dreams and Serendipity

October 19, 2016

brad-with-impossible-dream-paintingWhen Brad Betts was approached about donating a painting for an auction in Florida, there was a slight hesitation. Very slight. As soon as the reason for asking him to paint and give away a painting that would normally fetch upwards of $7,000 was made clear, he was sold.

This past summer, a boat sailed into Boothbay Harbor with owner Deborah Mellen, her dog Winter, a captain, Will Rey, and first mate Evan Duffy.

Read the full article here…..

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…..

Maine Home+Design Designer Showhouse features “Fair Winds and Following Seas”

July 2015

Excerpt from Maine Home+Design July 2015 article by Sarah Stebbins, “The Remains of the Day

Mount Desert Island’s second annual designer showhouse transforms one of the last vestiges of a Vanderbilt estate.


“Decorating a guest suite gave Barmat Stires an opportunity “to tell a story” in three parts. The entryway (photo below), with its juxtaposition of Dana Gibson wallpapers, is designed to wow and “get people excited for what’s to come in the other rooms.” An oil by Boothbay artist Brad Betts and a wooden sculpture by Dan Falt of Northeast Harbor celebrate MDI’s picturesque, and pastoral, qualities.”


Painting “Fair Winds and Following Seas” by Brad Betts, in the Mount Desert Island 2015 Designer Showhouse, Vanderbilt Cottage.

“Cup Challenge” selected for Book Cover

Brad’s painting “Cup Challenge” was selected for the cover of internationally renowned author Ferenc Mate’s book, Sea of Lost Dreams, the second book in the Dugger/Nello series.

Sea Of Lost Dreams by Ferenc Mate, a National Geographic Pick

“Summer on Monhegan” published in Island Light


“Summer on Monhegan” was included in the publication “Island Light, Monhegan Island”.
Brad Betts’ solo show at the Gleason Fine Art Gallery was featured in American Art Collector magazine in an article titled “Brad Betts: Down the Peninsula”.
American Art Collector featured quotes from gallery owners across the nation on up and coming contemporary artists, including this one by Art of the Sea Gallery in South Thomaston, Maine: “An artist who collectors should watch is Brad Betts…. Betts is the best young marine luminist painter we have seen.” Joan Woodhull, Gallery Director.

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