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Arts & Culture

Maine & the Arts

Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine.


Maine has long inspired artists and leaders, builders and dreamers.

Oceanside cliffs and barren fields became landscapes on the canvases of Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth. Tangled woods and tiny towns grew into essential characters in the poems and novels of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sarah Orne Jewett and E.B. White. Those same influences still shape the works of Maine authors, poets and artists such as Stephen King, Richard Russo and Alex Katz.

Maine's pine-covered mountains and rugged coast not only inspired great artists but also men and women whose courage and leadership shaped our country. These included Brig. Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the Civil War hero and former governor; Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress; and Edmund Muskie, the former US senator and secretary of state.

There are many ways to meet Maine's talented and important people - both past and present. Maine's historic sites offer a fascinating way. Former family homes of some notable Mainers have been converted to small museums. Art galleries and larger art and history museums offer exhibits and information about Mainers and their contributions to our state and nation.