Shopping in Millinocket: Part of the Maine North Woods Experience

Millinocket serves as a shopping and refueling hub for outdoor recreation enthusiast and adventure seekers shopping for supplies and last minute purchases before heading to the Maine north woods Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Appalachian Trail, BaxterState Park and Katahdin itself – Maine’s highest peak.

The old saying “You can’t get thay-ah from he-ah” (spoken in a Maine accent) just does not apply to Millinocket. Millinocket is located eleven miles west of I-95, just an hour from Bangor and two hours from the Maine coast. In fact, a relatively new branding slogan gaining traction for Millinocket, “All trails lead to Millinocket” is perfectly fitting. Once you arrive in Millinocket, you can hike, bike, ATV, cross country ski, and snowmobile on hundreds of miles of maintained trails right from your lodging accommodations and the downtown shopping district.

What few visitors realize is that Millinocket also boasts some of the finest art galleries and gift shops you will find anywhere in Maine. And that, shopping for art and gifts in Millinocket, can be an adventure onto itself. With two of Millinocket’s art galleries situated right on the main road leading into Maine’s expansive north woods, you can shop for stunning original art, crafts and collectables created by regional artisans in all mediums and price ranges without even making a detour off the beaten path.

Both art galleries are owner operated with the artists typically on site to share their knowledge and answer shopper’s questions about their work.  The galleries also serve as informal Visitor Information Centers. Travelers can pick up a trail map, get day hiking and paddling suggestions, make last minute lodging and dining reservations or reserve a space for an afternoon Moose tour or next day river rafting adventure.

Shopping in Millinocket at Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts

 

Shopping in Millinocket Maine

 

Shopping at Moose Prints Gallery in Millinocket Maine

Our gallery, is located along Maine Route 157/11 at 58 Central   Street in downtown Millinocket just before Bangor Savings. It serves as home base for our Maine Woods Photography Workshops and is “where we hang our hat”, so to speak, as our residence is on the second floor. The first floor gallery space is where we hang our art!

The gallery features fine art nature photographs and archival stretched canvas wraps of Maine’s largest mammal – the endearing moose, landscape images of iconic Katahdin and environs, as well as fine art images of just about every wildlife subject that is at home in Maine’s north woods. Interspersed amongst the images in our shop are handmade gifts created by a select group of talented Maine crafters. Located at 58 Central Street, parking is behind the gallery on Congress  Street. Shopping hours are 10am – 6pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat, as well as shopping by appointment or chance Sundays and Wednesdays. International shipping available and major credit cards accepted.

Shopping in Millinocket at North Light Gallery

Shopping in Millinocket Maine

 

Shopping in Millinocket Maine

You will discover a unique shopping experience of original artworks of Katahdin and the north woods of Maine during your visit to North Light Gallery in downtown Millinocket at the crossroads of Route 11 at 256 Penobscot Ave (just 2 blocks from Moose Prints Gallery).

With a commitment to artists who live in the interior or travel to study the interior of Maine, the gallery features one-of-a-kind oils, acrylics, watercolors, carvings, and ceramics, plus photography and jewelry.  North Light Gallery also does framing, which complements a large selection of prints. Owner and accomplished artist, Marsha Donahue also makes shopping for art supplies convenient as painting classes and workshops are offered in the off season.  For your shopping convenience, the gallery accepts most major credit cards, ships almost everywhere and often hand delivers within the state of Maine. Shopping hours are 10-6, Monday thru Saturday, and 11-4 Sundays in August and September.

So, if you thought the old adage about traveling in rural Maine was true we are here to prove you wrong. You not only can get there from here but you are going right by!  So stop and shop in Millinocket, a lovely old mill town with several inspiring art galleries and gifts shops for your shopping pleasure.

Moose Prints Gallery Northern Maine Success Story

 

Millinocket, Maine (April, 2014)  Mark Picard knew he was on to something ten years ago when a calendar featuring the pictures of moose he had photographed in Maine sold 10,000 copies — in Japan. And then Abercrombie and Fitch called, asking to use Picard’s iconic wildlife images in its clothing line.

Picard and his partner, Anita Mueller, were soon convinced they could turn an avocation into a career and have the best of both worlds – a niche business of their own and a chance to photograph full time in what Mueller calls “a really big back yard” – Maine’s North Woods.

Five years ago the couple left their comfortable jobs and moved from Massachusetts to northern Maine. They renovated a turn of the century tenement in the old mill town of Millinocket, creating a stunning gallery space on the first floor to showcase their spectacular photographs. They have grown the business’s footprint by offering their photographs to the wholesale trade for resale. Their work is now sold at more than twenty locations throughout Maine.

Today, Mark Picard is an internationally published wildlife photographer. He was named the 2012 Maine Sportsman Artist of the year. The U.S. Postal Service uses one of his images on a Maine postal stamp. His work is treasured by collectors all over the world.

Anita Mueller manages the gallery and helps organize and run the couple’s popular North Maine Woods Photography Workshop series, which includes a workshop exclusively for women.

The workshops, which capitalize on the growing number of amateur photographers worldwide, are a four-day craft intensive experience photographing in some of the Katahdin Region’s most picturesque and productive wildlife habitats. Anita Mueller says it’s an opportunity for guests to combine a relaxing Maine vacation with a creative learning experience.

Mark Picard and Anita Mueller took a big risk in setting out to create a new life in the woods of northern Maine.  With hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an intense love of the outdoors and Maine’s abundant wildlife, they have found a way to successfully make their passion their business.  But for this couple the bottom line is—and always will be–their craft.

“I don’t take a picture with my career in mind.” Mark Picard said. “I take a picture trying to show that moose or bear or butterfly in the best possible situation. So that the viewer is seeing that image and not thinking about the guy behind the camera.”

Moose Prints Gallery is located at 58 Central Street in Millinocket, Maine. For more information go to www.markpicard.com