We moved to the Maine coast after falling in love with East Boothbay, a small, quaint village to the east of Boothbay Harbor. We now know that “visit once, stay a lifetime” is a common reaction to our beautiful area! Midcoast Maine encompasses miles of coastline and each peninsula is sprawling and diverse, with village settlements of unique character and history.
Beginning in 2017, Down East Gallery is offering an annual poster series to celebrate Maine’s coastal villages. Each high-quality poster is 24″x36″, fits a standard poster frame and features an original painting by artist Brad Betts. $75 + S&H/tax, these posters can be purchased by contacting Brad at the gallery: email@example.com or 207.318.3282.
From our campsite in Camden Hills State Park, we climbed partway up Mount Megunticook, down a ravine, up and over Mount Battie before descending the boulder-strewn south face into town. After miles of hiking through the dark confines of the woods, we now walked in neighborhood streets passed old homes and the local library to a lawn overlooking the bustling harbor. A green schooner glided to a wharf, its red sails glowing against the blue sky. Sailboats coasted in the narrow aisles of water between the floats, painted buildings lined the wooden docks and people hurried by in all directions. We were taken by the beauty of the scene and a sense that time had stood still: we had entered a world unchanged since the 1800s. We were neighbors from a nearby village, traveling into town to sell our wares, stock up on dry goods or simply hear the latest news.
“Drying Sails in Camden Harbor”, 24×18, oil on canvas