The First Art Association of the State of Maine


As a curious 9-year-old, I walked into York Art Associations opening show in 1968. It was then and there that I knew I wanted to be an artist. The quality of art by local artist left me awestruck and inspired from what I saw. In particular, a mermaid carved in yellow pine set on a pedestal in the center of the room. Perfectly executed, the memory would last a lifetime. Giant ocean waves in oil, and paintings of the working waterfront adorned the walls. I had no idea until then, what art was and who artists were but I was surrounded by it. I learned to understand that art was the fabric of our community. 

York Harbor was the source of constant inspiration. Every day after school I would ride my bike down to the town wharf, commonly to find an artist standing at an easel painting some old structure or boat. I would stand or sit and watch the artist’s work through painting in watercolor or oil. I'd pose questions to the artists and always would be treated with kindness and respect. The opportunity to learn and be develop as an artist was laid out before me in York Harbor.

York Art Association still stands, and the opportunity for people of all ages to be inspired remains a bastion of the York community and art culture. I invite you to become a member and support the oldest art association in the state of Maine. 


Thomas K. Merriam - President 

York Art Association 




394 York Street (Rt. 1A)

York Harbor, ME 03911



 Mailing Address

  PO Box 74
  York, ME 03909


    Phone: 207-363-4049       


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