Art of the Sea thanks you for the fantastic 25 years you have given us, making us the largest pure nautical art gallery in the country.

All good things must come to an end and we have decided that 2016 will be that for us. As a finale we will be having a month long sale of our entire owned inventory

A number of our artists have offered to join in this finale with discounts we have never seen before.

All of our ship and yacht models, half hulls and our entire collection of rare prints by John Stobart and others will be available at unheard of reductions.

SEPTEMBER will be your last chance to see the incredible ART OF THE SEA collection and it will be our last chance to thank you for the past 25 years.

Hours will be from 10 to 4 Wednesday through Saturday.  Please come and talk to our long time gallery manager, Ruth Myers and her helpers, Caroline Howe, Marie Woodhull and Jay Woodhull.


Joan & Tad Woodhull


        Summer hours  Wedneday - Saturday  10:00 - 4:00
any other time by appointment - call 207-594-9396

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Marine art or maritime art is any form of figurative art (that is, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture) that portrays or draws its main inspiration from the sea. Maritime painting is a genre that depicts ships and the sea—a genre particularly strong from the 17th to 19th centuries.[1] In practice the term often covers art showing shipping on rivers and estuaries, beach scenes and all art showing boats, without any rigid distinction - for practical reasons subjects that can be drawn or painted from dry land in fact feature strongly in the genre.[2] Strictly speaking "maritime art" should always include some element of human seafaring, whereas "marine art" would also include pure seascapes with no human element, though this distinction may not be observed in practice.

Ships and boats have been included in art from almost the earliest times, but marine art only began to become a distinct genre, with specialized artists, towards the end of the Middle Ages, mostly in the form of the "ship portrait" a type of work that is still popular and concentrates on depicting a single vessel. As landscape art emerged during the Renaissance, what might be called the marine landscape became a more important element in works, but pure seascapes were rare until later. Marine painting was a major genre within Dutch Golden Age painting, reflecting the importance of overseas trade and naval power to the Dutch Republic, and saw the first career marine artists, who painted little else. In this, as in much else, specialist and traditional marine painting has largely continued Dutch conventions to the present day. With Romantic art, the sea and the coast was reclaimed from the specialists by many landscape painters, and works including no vessels became common for the first time