Art Escapes
Four Galleries Worth the Trip

Fall may be the best time to enjoy New England’s spectacular landscapes, both natural and creative. Whether escaping to the beaches of Cape Cod, exploring the shores of Downeast Maine or enjoying the rural splendor of northwest Connecticut and central Vermont, there are numerous galleries throughout the five-state region worth discovering. Here are four galleries that are must-see destinations:

Littlefield Gallery
Winter Harbor, Maine

How often do gallery owners invite visitors into their home to see the collection?
Kelly and Jane Littlefield, owners of Littlefield Gallery, do it daily—their home, an 1891 New Englander and an adjoining 750-foot exhibition space, is the gallery. Visitors drop by to see the art that’s hanging on the first two floors. “People come wandering through the kitchen or sit at the dining room table,” Kelly says. “They come as visitors, perhaps become clients, then become friends.”

The Littlefields, former schoolteachers who retired to Winter Harbor, started collecting art more than 30 years ago. Neither has a formal art background but the high-quality works they show and the artists they represent are widely recognized. “We just bought what we liked,” Kelly says. “We had no idea what we were doing when we opened the gallery in 2008. We wanted to be part of the community, so we designed the gallery as a destination.” The Littlefields feature works by a number of contemporary Maine artists, including painters Amy Bernhardt, Terry Hilt and James Linehan. The couple’s true passion, however, is sculpture, which is found in the yard as well as inside their home and includes pieces by Don Best, Hugh Lawson, Mark Harrington and Dan Miller.

With every exhibition, the Littlefields host an opening (often attracting between 100 and 200 people) as well as a dinner for the artists, inviting locals, visitors and others for food and conversation. Recently, they endowed a sculptor in- residence program at the University of Maine. And they continue to attract more visitors each year.

Hugh Lassen , "Totem" Virginia Mist granite on a granite base. Courtesy of Littlefield Gallery.

"Totem" recently became the centerpiece of the Warren Memorial Sculpture Garden in Westbrook, Maine.