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About Us

Archipelago, the retail component of the Island Institute, showcases Maine artists and makers whose work reflects the beauty and endurance of Maine's islands and coast. They exhibit through its store and gallery - both online and on Main Street in Rockland. Since opening in 2000, Archipelago has advanced the careers of more than 800 Maine residents, while playing a pivotal role in Rockland's emergence as a dynamic center of arts and culture. In doing so, it has become a prominent element of Maine's creative economy.

We're proud to sell only Made in Maine gifts, crafts, housewares, jewelry and art!

Maine has long been known for its ability to inspire artists, and the islands of the Gulf of Maine have been particularly associated with the production of fine arts and crafts. At Archipelago you’ll find the beauty of Maine’s unique islands and coastal communities expressed in many forms, colors, and textures. Over 250 artists from 20 different islands and the coast of Maine are represented.

Like Maine's seasons, Archipelago is ever-changing.

Shop Archipelago, and you will find delightfully special and one-of-a-kind items made in Maine, and you will be helping to sustain one of Maine's greatest assets--its island and working waterfront communities.

As part of Archipelago's programming in support of Maine artists and makers, we host an annual conference in April. 2016's Artists and Makers Conference was a huge success with over 135 energized participants from all four corners of the state - Kennebunk to Houlton, Bethel to Machiasport! You can read a blog about the conference from Maren Granstrom from the Island Institute's webpage here.

We're proud to support the Maine Made program through supporting its artists and makers!

Join the Island Institute and receive a 10% discount on your purchases at the Archipelago retail store in Rockland, Maine and online.  The Island Institute is a nonprofit organization that serves as a voice for the balanced future of the islands and waters of the Gulf of Maine.

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