MAKE A GREAT CATCH ALONG THE ROCKY SHORELINE
Why are so many artists drawn to the South Maine Coast?
Perhaps it’s some special quality in the glint of sunlight against the Gulf of Maine water, the sound of effervescent salt spray released as cold waves crash against rocky shorelines. Or something about the intermingling visual appeal of ramshackle lobster shacks and the rank stench of baitfish that stirs the creative juices and triggers the artistic urge.
Whatever causes the phenomenon, the magnetic attraction of artists to the southern coast of Maine has established this region as a uniquely American cultural destination — a place worthy of a visit, if only to marvel at the giddy interplay between the enduring legacy of local art history and the continuing tradition of the present-day creative process.
And if you happen to be an art enthusiast with a penchant for relaxing drives along winding coastline roads dotted with notable galleries and interesting restaurants, then it may be time to plan your next day trip or weekend getaway to Southern Maine.
Eric J. Taubert