The Arts

When it comes to the arts and performing arts, Bar Harbor offers something for all tastes. Since its early days when two Hudson River Valley artists, Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, set out one summer in the early 1800's in search of a scenic fishing village called Eden on the coast of Maine, Bar Harbor has been world-renown as an artist community. And so began America's love affair with one of the most beautiful places in the world - Bar Harbor, Maine. The town has several art galleries, art shows, improvisational comedy theater and two celebrated music festivals offering everything from string orchestras, through chamber music, to jazz. Bars and clubs host a range of bands and solo artists that complete the musical mix. Movies have never seemed more enjoyable than when seen in our art-deco theater. The arts really shine in Bar Harbor, Maine.
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There's always something going on at Artwaves - from drop-in figure drawing,
Drawing classes Thursdays, painting on Tuesdays-
Sample the art of Batik, Stained glass, felting, painting, kids events at our
mini workshops at the YWCA Studio Tuesdays & Wednesdays, or at our 329 Main Street Center
Wednesdays is Open Studio Time to practice those skills-
Sign up for a Creativity Date for you or both of you- create a piece for your home, or gain new skills
Be sure to check out our Artists exhibits at the Muniseum Offices and MDI Hospital Reception Area!

Register for Workshops, ArtPartys, classes, and see what's happening online at 

Maine Crafts Guild - MDI Directions Fine Craft Show
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Maine Crafts Guild - MDI Directions Fine Craft Show

2017 - 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

Friday, July 28: 5-8pm
Saturday, July 29: 10am -5pm
Sunday, July 30: 10am - 4pm

Atlantic Oceanside Event Center
119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor

Admission $5; under 18 free

  • Shop with us at the ocean's edge in Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Add to your fine craft collection or shop for unique, handcrafted gifts
  • Fine craft in wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass and mixed media

*The Maine Crafts Guild is a Maine non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in fine craft.  Promotes career development of its members by operating retail shows, publishing brochures and statewide marketing.

Additional Resources


Newport Drive
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


59 Cottage St., Rodick Bldg.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(212) 222-1026


15 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


33 Kennebec Place
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3828

Guitar Intensives and Samba Meets Jazz Workshops

105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Criterion Theatre

35 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor , ME 04609


36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609