Merrymeeting Arts Center

Contact Information
Peggy Muir
Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and during some special local events.
Merrymeeting Arts Center

Bowdoinham and the Merrymeeting Arts Center have been featured in the November 2008 issue of Downeast Magazine

About the Merrymeeting Arts Center:

Inspired and guided by the eclectic values of the life and spirit of Bryce Muir, the Merrymeeting Arts Center joyfully promotes egalitarianism, whimsy, environmental consciousness, and diversity through its artists, programs and projects. The Center includes a permanent exhibit of sculptures by Bryce Muir, a store featuring items by 24 local artists, a gallery featuring local artists, and education spaces where it offers classes and workshops.

The Merrymeeting Arts Center's mission, vision and goals were developed with input from the citizens of Bowdoinham.


Created in the spirit of Bryce Muir, the Center provides a place where anyone can celebrate community and art.


The Center supports artists in Bowdoinham and the Merrymeeting Bay area, and provides a central place where all people can explore the arts.


The Center contributes to the Bowdoinham community by encouraging sustainable, local development of the creative economy.

The idea of an arts center in Bowdoinham started with Peggy Muir, who believed the works of her late husband and local artist, Bryce Muir, should stay in Bowdoinham rather than be given to a major museum. Bryce loved the town and was adamant that art should be for everyone.

This exciting prospect rapidly gained momentum with input (in the form of ideas and physical labor) from many local people. From a meeting one cold March night at the Town Hall to the first opening events in the summer of 2007, the Merrymeeting Arts Center has become a reality; we are now a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Organization.

If you are not already a member, please consider joining at any of the levels currently offered: Individual, artist, or family. Art is for Everyone, all are invited to join.

Below are listed some of the areas in which we will be looking for much needed assistance. Please contact any of the Board Members or E-mail us with where you can best help.

  • Staffing shop & Gallery (Friday afternoon/evenings, Saturdays, special events)
  • Mounting and Displaying of Gallery Shows
  • Leading/Instructing workshops or classes
  • Newsletter and press release writing
  • Maintaining member lists and databases


Thank you in advance for your ongoing support and assistance.

Kathleen Kenny
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Merrymeeting Arts Center

The gallery and shop are open Saturdays 10am-1pm, and during some special local events.
Check our online calendar for details

Please feel free to contact us for more information. (207) 710-0349 or

The center gallery exhibits work by emerging and established local artists, and hosts art openings on a regular basis.

The gallery shop offers a venue for artists and craftsmen to sell their work and showcases local crafts, books, and gift items. The Centerís educational space is used for classes and demonstrations for all ages throughout the year.

Recent Exhibits:

Smitten: Hands and their Coverings
November 12 - December 19, 2010
Saturdays 10 - 1 or by appointment

** Opening Friday November 12 **
5:00 - 8:00 PM

Merrymeeting Arts Center
Cathance Landing, at the foot of Main Street
9 Main Street, Bowdoinham

Saturday, Nov. 13   12-2
Latvian Mitten Workshop
with Angela Kimberk, $15
Register at

Saturday, Nov. 20   10-12
Mitten Hoilday Ornament Workshop
for children of all ages

Tuesday, Dec. 7,   10:00 AM
Mitten Story Time
at the Bowdoinham Library, with Kate Cutko

Information: 666-3426 or 710-0349
art for everyone

Past Exhibits:

Emerging Artist Show
Oct 1 - Sat Nov 6, 2010

Ducks on the Bay Show
Aug. 14 -  Sept. 18, 2010

"Ducks on the Bay" opened August 14th in collaboration with the Ducks Unlimited event at the waterfront. Our show  features art in all genres depicting ducks and duck habitat. On Sunday August 15th there was be a talk at 4 pm by Frank Connors at the arts center on duckhunting and at the same time Kate Cutko led a reading and art session on ducks for children at the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay space next to the arts center. We're excited to be collaborating with Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, the Bowdoinham Historical Society and the Bowdoinham Public Library.


Beautiful Bargellos: Quilted Works by Janet Clement
Apr 16 - May 29, 2010

The Merrymeeting Arts Center, MAC, announces its second artist-produced show. ìBeautiful Bargellos: Quilted Worksî by Janet Clement of Richmond. The show will run from April 16 to May 29th. A formal opening of the exhibit is scheduled for Friday, April 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main Street, Bowdoinham (down by the river in the grey building). Janet Clement is a veteran fabric artist who designs both large and small works, ranging from murals to wall hangings to bedcovers. Her work is regularly on sale at the Merrymeeting Arts Center store. The show will exhibit bargello pieces. Bargello is a quilting process in which cloth is cut into strips, sewn together and then recut. Next these pieced strips are assembled into the finished work, creating intricate patterns.

Collage a Trois: works by Robin Brooks, Peggy Muir and Gracia Woodward
Mar 5 - Tue Apr 13, 2010

The first show of 2010 showcases works by Robin Brooks, Peggy Muir, and Gracia Woodward. The three artists work with torn, cut, or shredded paper, using both hand painted paper and a variety of commercial papers, from candy wrappers to manila envelopes to Christmas wrap. These are then affixed to a board or mat. Using the common medium of collage the three artists express three very different visions with subjects ranging from Maine landscapes to portraits to abstract compositions.

Contemporaneous Crochet
An Exhibit of Crochet Artistry

July 18th through October 4th

The art of crochet spans the centuries; it was especially popular in Europe in the 1800s. It now takes on a life of itís own as old techniques are used in new ways and new techniques redefine what is crochet. Come see the old and the new! There will be wonderful works of an era gone by, and new innovative works that recreate the art of crochet.

2nd Annual Members' Show
Jun 1 - Sat Jul 31, 2010

Works by local professionals and amateurs who are supporting members of Merrymeeting Arts Center