The Best Art Supply Stores in Maine

If you’re an aspiring artist, student, or just like to dabble in the visual arts, you might be wondering where to get your supplies.

The Art Mart

517 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

207-775-4244

 A favorite among art students in Portland, this wonderful shop is located just across from the street from the Maine College of Art. It features a huge selection of art materials, craft supplies, coloring books and more. No matter how strange your preferred medium is, we bet you can find some materials at The Art Mart. If not, one of their sales associates will surely be able to point you in the right direction.

Artists & Craftsman Supply

Multiple Locations

844-644-7778

Founded in 1985 as a small art supply in Portland, Artists and Craftsman Supply is a 100% employee-owned company. How neat is that? This is one of the largest art material suppliers in the United States, but they got their start in our very own state. In addition to selling arts and crafts supplies, this store features frequent demonstrations and classes. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events, times, and dates.

Salt Bay Art Supply

458 Main Street

Damariscotta, ME

207-563-8377

Salt Bay is known for its wide selection of options and their encouraging of artistic “cross-fertilization.” They say, “we encourage rubber-stampers to use gesso for backgrounds; people who have discovered adult coloring books look for high-quality colored pencils to enrich their experience, and we have plenty to choose from.” This unpretentious store supplies both high-quality art supplies and a variety of craft supplies, perfect for your upcoming project.

The Mix

53 Maine Street

Brunswick, ME

207-725-2271

This shop and art center offers a great selection of fine art supplies as well as a healthy mix of weird, funky stuff. From supplies to gifts, this is a one-stop shop for the art lover in your life. The Mix also hosts gallery shows and receptions regularly, so check them out if you’re looking for something to do on a Friday evening.

Portland Pottery

118 Washington Avenue

Portland, ME 04101

207-772-4334

Despite the name, this place isn’t just for potters – though they do specialize in pottery. Portland Pottery also carries a huge selection of artist and crafter supplies. There’s a café, a warehouse, a store, and a studio. Plus, they offer a variety of classes in the store, making this a great place to spend a rainy Saturday.

Art Schools in Maine

While many of Maine’s artists are self-trained, many were brought up in the incredible art schools that dot our great state. If you’re considering moving to Maine for art school, or if you’re already a Mainer looking to fine-tune your craft, check out any of these excellent higher education institutions.

Bates College – Bates College, located in Lewiston, ME, offers 6 Art and Design degree programs. This is a small, private, selective college in a small city.

Bowdoin College – This small, prestigious college offers 4 types of art degrees and is a private university in the outlying town of Brunswick.

Colby College – Located in Waterville, ME, Colby offers 6 Art and Design degree programs. This is a small, private university in a remote town between Augusta and Bangor.

Husson University – Husson is a private university in Bangor, ME, and offers 1 type of art degree.

Maine College of Art – Devoted entirely to the study and practice of Art, M.E.C.A. offers 10 Art and Design degree programs. This is a very small, private university in Portland.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Set in beautiful Standish, Saint Joseph’s College of Main, known colloquially as “Saint Joe’s,” has 2 Art and Design degrees. This is a small, private university.

The University of Maine – While U.M. has outposts around the state, the primary campus is in northern Orono. This university has 12 Art and Design programs and is a medium-sized public university in a small suburb.

University of Southern Maine – This medium-sized public university offers 12 types of art degrees and is in Portland, Gorham, Lewiston, and online, though the primary campus is in beautiful Portland.

The Maine Folk Art Trail

Each summer, the Maine Folk Art Trail makes its way across the Pine Tree State, bringing collectors, vacationers, and artists through a variety of museums and markets. It’s one of the biggest slices of pure, unadulterated Americana local to Maine ever presented, and it’s pretty dang cool.

Here’s what happens: Each year, museums can be added to the list of stops along the Folk Art Trail. Everyone participating digs deep into their collections and archives to present works that comprise a comprehensive history of folk art as it grew in Maine through the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.

Maine artwork, especially folk art, is influenced heavily by the state’s geography, social status, and the need for self-expression. The Folk Art Trail has pieces from school girls and sailors, carvers and cabinetmakers, quilters and painters, all of which offer incredible insights into what daily life was like for the state’s earliest creators.

This project is the brainchild of two prominent folk art collectors in Maine, Charlie Burden and Ray Egan. They wanted to do something a little different for the American Folk Art Society’s annual meeting, and after approaching a few museums, the idea was launched. Museums large and small, mainstream and fringe, have found this to be an excellent driver for visitors. More importantly, it’s a great way to learn about the state’s history through objects.

While the exhibits launch in the summer, they often run well into fall, allowing returning college and university students to see some of the best folk art in the country.

Bates College Museum of Art

Lewiston, ME

Colby College Museum of Art

Waterville, ME

Farnsworth Art Museum

Rockland, ME

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME

Maine Maritime Museum

Bath, ME

Maine State Museum

Augusta, ME

Museums of Old York

York, ME

Penobscot Marine Museum

Searsport, ME

Rufus Porter Museum

Bridgton, ME

Saco Museum

Saco, ME

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum

New Gloucester, ME

Welcome: About Maine Art Gallery

Maine isn’t just a place for fishing and hiking – though I won’t fault you for thinking that. It’s true that we have some of the most stunning landscapes in the country, from the roaring caves in Acadia to Baxter State Park’s peaks. But for those who live here, taking in all that beauty had to do something, right? It is my belief that this – the abundance of natural beauty – is why there are so many artsy folks in the Pine Tree State.

Maine Art Gallery is a tribute to all the wonderful artistic endeavors happening in the state of Maine. From art schools and supply stores to artist profiles and Maine-specific movements, these pages (well, web pages) contain everything and anything that has to do with people making art in Maine. If you need direction, inspiration, directions to your local supply store, or a new artist to fall in love with, this is the place for you.

This is a gallery that showcases artwork, but also art resources. Welcome!