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At Home in Port

In addition to building fine boats, three Maine boatbuilders have separately branched out into home construction—waterborne homes, that is. Foy Brown on North Haven, Steve White of Brooklin Boat Yard, and Robinhood Marine’s Andy Vavolotis all built themselves houseboats.

Ode to the Stones

Maine, with its vast fields of subterranean rubble left by retreating glaciers, has some of the most wonderful rock gardens to be found anywhere, and some of the most creative gardeners. Rock gardeners utilize every crack, fissure, crevice, and pothole to their advantage.

Lettercutters

As letter carvers, the bulk of the work of the father-daughter team of Douglas M. Coffin Lettercutter is creating headstones—beautiful, hand-carved life markers with letters that flow into each other, creating words that call out to be read. They consider their work to be among the most caring of human endeavors.

Art Flotilla

Celeste Roberge, a Maine sculptor whose work can be found in major collections across the country, explores the world, looking for inspiration in the environment. When she finds it, there is no telling how it will eventually manifest itself in her art, which, while conceptual, also is tangible, engaging, and provocative. Art writer Carl Little takes a look at her work with seaweed.

FDR's Beloved Island

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was happiest on Campobello Island, which straddles the border between Maine and Canada. The 50th anniversary of Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, the centerpiece of which is the former first family’s 34-room, red-shingled summer “cottage,” was in 2014.

Tiny Houses

Whether they’re small, spare, and bare as a doghouse, or decorated with animal bones or lace curtains with ribbon ties, Maine ice shacks have a little something for everyone. Some people use them just for fishing; others use them as a winter clubhouse.

One World: Two Visions

Artists are turning to science as a way to enhance their personal vision and to help explain the forces affecting our world.

Eliot Porter’s Golden Isle

World-famous photographer Eliot Porter honed his eye in Maine on a Penobscot Bay island owned by his family. His book, Summer Island: Penobscot Country, was published 50 years ago, but the essays and images remain incredibly relevant today.

Grand, Wild, and Terrific

Naturalist John James Audubon’s epic trip to Labrador in search of the Great Auk began in Maine.

Moved Not Shaken

An old boathouse in Boothbay is moved and expanded, and finds new life as a home.

Spiritual Vision

Photographer Joyce Tenneson captures the soul of her subjects.

David Driskell At Home in Maine

Maine may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of African-American artists. Yet a number of eminent black artists have found a home and inspiration here, including David Driskell.

Dance of the Lady Slippers

The pink lady slipper is one of the delights of spring in Maine. Researchers at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens have been studying the mysterious orchid.

Lakeside & Winter-Worthy

Turning a seasonal retreat on Rangeley Lake into a year-round retirement home ultimately required building a new energy-efficient house.

Hooking Better Lives

A rug-hooking project organized by the Maine Sea Coast Mission and one of its employees provided extra income for Maine fishermen’s wives in the 1920s, as well as producing some extraordinarily beautiful rugs.