Artists Retreat Studios Gallery, Fine Art, Photography and Painting Workshops

Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery

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Looking for Lodging for the Bay of Fundy Marathon? Contact us.

Short & Long-Term Lodging Summer 2017 Available! Contact us.

** Closed for the Season**
Our Season is July-August for the Gallery, June-September for Lodging

Looking for Plein Air Painting Workshops? Visit to Study with Michael Chesley Johnson!

45 Washington Street, Lubec, Maine 04652
575-267-2450 |
Mailing Address Only: PO Box 454, Lubec ME 04652


We offer two suites:

Sparkplug Suite. Downstairs apartment and studio combination with private bath, kitchen. $550/week or $95/night, two adults max, minimum 3 nights. Click here to check on availability to rent the Sparkplug Suite. Click here to see photos of the Sparkplug Suite.

Double-Decker Suite. Bedroom and private bath upstairs with separate studio, practice room or writing retreat space. Kitchen privileges. (This is not the Sparkplug Suite's kitchen, but another kitchen located on the first floor and is shared with our gallery space.) $550/week or $95/night, two adults max, minimum 3 nights. Click here to check on availability to rent the Double-Decker Suite. Please be aware that bedrooms for the Double-Decker Suite are located on the second floor. Click here to see photos of the Double-Decker Suite.

Click here to see photos of outdoors and the common areas. Click here to see the studio gallery rooms. Click here for cancellation policy.

What is Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery?

First, it's a working studio gallery. It features the kaleidoscopic imagery and fabric creations of Trina Stephenson and the fine art landscapes of award-winning artist Michael Chesley Johnson. Here's a little about the artists:

Trina Stephenson

For her own work, Trina photographs the local landscape and then manipulates the images digitally into mandala-like forms. Often, the images include close-ups of subjects such as ferns, flowers and trees that she has chosen for color and contrast. Images are available as metal prints, or as traditional prints, both framed and unframed.  Additionally, she may incorporate some of the images into fabric pieces such as art quilts. Visit Trina's blog:

Michael Chesley Johnson

Michael is an award-winning, internationally-known painter and painting instructor who has operated Friar's Bay Studio Gallery on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, for ten years.  The author of Through a Painter's Brush: A Year on Campobello Island and other books, his work includes oil and pastel paintings of local maritime scenery.  (His books are available through Amazon at Michael extends his popular "Plein Air Painting Maine " outdoor painting workshops to include the Lubec area and base at a few weeks at Artists Retreat Studios & Gallery. Visit Michael's blog:

Second, it's an artists' retreat. We have found that people are more likely to buy from artists directly and studio galleries than from impersonal galleries. Artists can stay for a period of time so they can paint, write, compose or create from the inspiration of the local scenery. During their "residency," they can actively market their work while in residence (and perhaps beyond). The location is perfect since many tourists go by during the summer months and also the Summerkeys music program operates at that time. Also, traffic going to Campobello Island passes right by the studio doors..

By the way, it's an easy walk to a wonderful conservation area, Mowry Beach:

Suites are also available for non-artists, too!

Cancellation Policy

Should you cancel your reservation for any reason, we will retain all deposits received, unless we are able to re-rent the space at the same rate for the same period of time.