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 Invitation

Moose Prints Gallery Exterior

Moose Prints Gallery renovations are finally complete and we hope you will come celebrate the Grand Opening of Moose Prints, Maine’s newest Gallery and Gift shop. Located adjacent to Key Bank in downtown Millinocket’s business district, Moose Prints Gallery reflects our love for the Katahdin Region of Maine and its wildlife. Much like a walk in nature the walls are filled with creatures and landscapes both great and small. With life size Moose images on stretched canvas wraps to miniature oil paintings on petrified wood, Moose Prints Gallery celebrates wildlife indigenous to the North Woods of Maine through photography, gift items and art. Take a walk through our gallery, come see what we are about. Register for a chance to win a beautifully framed and matted print of “Bull Moose in Autumn”, the image that appears on our exterior sign. Share your wildlife stories over a cold glass of lemonade and enjoy the festivities. Come celebrate with us! Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts Grand Opening Celebration 58 Central Street Millinocket, Maine Now through Sunday, August 1st!

Millionocket is located in Maine’s North Woods in the shadow of Mt  Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain. The region has attracted artists, visitors, and vacationers for more than a century who have been inspired to photograph, paint, hike, paddle, and write about Maine’s North Woods. Mark was a visitor himself for over thirty years before moving to Maine full time.

Mark and Anita are excited about providing local residents, vacationers, and tourists alike an opportunity to view and purchase unique wildlife themed photography, art, and gifts. In addition to Mark’s work the gallery offers fascinating oil paintings on petrified wood, moose sheds, and nature themed jewelry, calendars, candles, puzzles and cd’s. Come visit us today!

Moose Prints Gallery Grand Opening

Moose Prints Gallery ExteriorReprint: Bangor Daily News

Internationally published wildlife photographer Mark Picard and his partner Anita Mueller have opened a new business Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts at 58 Central Street, Millinocket, Maine. The gallery features Mark’s extraordinary Moose prints, wildlife and landscape images along with other wildlife themed gifts.

Much like a walk in nature visitors to the gallery can expect the unexpected from the time they enter “MOOSE PRINTS” front door.  Imagine being greeted by a life size image of a pair of twin Moose calves!  Actually the gallery walls are filled with stunning wildlife images, both large and small that depict the regions indigenous wildlife through the lens of a very talented wildlife photographer’s camera. Black Bears in Autumn, Bull and Breakfast, Whitetail Buck in Red, Three Moose in the Fog, Mt Katahdin from Secret Pond, Great Grey Owl in Cedar, and Kissing Moose are just a few of the titled images. There is even an image entitled “The Hitch Hiker” that captures a Moose calve hitching a ride on its mother back.  And then Mark offers the following explanation: “It only looks that way. The calve was tiring from swimming around its mother who was busy feeding. The calve finally found a rock just below the surface of the water and just exhausted, stood there waiting patiently for mom to finish. With a little anticipation I was able to position myself at the right angle to take what I consider one of those “once in a lifetime” images. Like many of my images it is all about anticipation and timing.

Although Mark will aim his camera on any wildlife species his specialty is Moose and he has been studying and photographing them in the region for the past thirty years. For the past eight he has offered both group and one-on-one photography workshops in partnership with local businesses which have attracted participants from around the globe.

He is noted for his creativity in the field; not only in composition and lighting, but also in his use of equipment, blinds, and knowledge of animal behavior. His images have appeared in numerous national and international publications, books, and calendars, including AUDUBON, SIERRA CLUB, ANIMALS, CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION, MAINE SCENE, NATURE CONSERVANCY, BIRDER ‘S WORLD , DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE, WILD BIRD , BIRD WATCHER’S DIGEST, SCHOLASTIC, NORTHERN WOODLANDS, NORTHEAST KINGDOM, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, ONTARIO OUT OF DOORS, CHASE AND PECHE, WILDLIFE CONSERVATION, TIDE- MARK PRESS, RANGER RICK, VERMONT MAGAZINE, YANKEE and others.

Mark also has an impressive list of commercial clients including Abercrombie and Fitch, Somerset Entertainment, Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism and has recently provided images for the renderings on the new Maine Stamp.

Anita’s passion is Bird photography and co-leading photography workshops with Mark. She is a freelance interior designer with a retail background. She will manage MOOSE PRINTS day to day activities and plan special events.

The couple is excited about providing local residents and tourists alike an opportunity to view and purchase unique wildlife themed photography, art, and gifts. In addition to Mark’s work the gallery offers fascinating oil paintings on petrified wood, moose sheds, and nature themed jewelry, calendars, puzzles and cd’s.

They are celebrating MOOSE PRINTS Grand Opening throughout the month of July with a series of Saturday Open Houses beginning this weekend where they will serve light refreshments and visitors to the gallery can register for a chance to win a framed and matted print of Mark’s signature image “Eye on You”.  The public is encouraged stop in, shop the gallery, share their own wildlife stories or just take a break from the heat with a cold glass of lemonade. The Gallery hours are 10 am to 6pm daily except for Wednesdays when the gallery is closed. The gallery phone number is 207-447-6906.

Photographing Wildlife in the Spring

Yawning Owl Redphase Eastern Screech Owl in Sycamore February 2010We are beginning to see signs of Spring in the hill towns of Western MA but Winter is holding on in Northern Maine where we will be moving to in a few short weeks. Certainly the recent high temperatures are keeping us from photographing the usual snowy landscapes and suspended icicles. In the valleys and lower elevations it is a good time to photograph wildlife. Keep an eye out for Screech Owls sunning themselves at the entrances to tree cavities facing southwest. Finding them is a challenge. This is where your state bird listserv comes in handy. Often times local birders will post locations or word gets out that one of these fascinating creatures has become fond of a particular daytime roost.
If you are lucky enough to find such a spot, patience is the name of the game. What you are waiting for is an opportunity to capture the behavior of anything but a sleeping owl! It can take hours if not days to get an image that I am happy with while waiting for a wing stretch, eyes opened, or a yawn, in just a momentary blink of the eye. If you are really lucky a Blue Jay or an ornery Chickadee, not appreciating the Owls presence, will display its feelings by “mobbing” (as it is called) the Owl. If the Owl sticks around long enough to hold its ground you may get an interesting image. Most times they just drop down into the cavity until the offensive bird gets bored and flies off to its next unsuspecting victim.

Moose Prints Gallery RenovationsAbout now Anita and I are feeling a bit like this “Yawning Owl” – tired! We just returned from Millinocket where we started the first round of renovations on our new home and Gallery space. With the help of trusted friends and talented contractors we raised ceilings, removed plaster and lathe, widened doorways, replaced plumbing, modified wiring and hung sheetrock. As you can see from this image it got pretty messy. Actually we are further along with renovations than expected and plan to have the gallery open for the June Workshops which brings me to the next subject.
It is not too early to register for my Maine Photography Workshops as spaces seem to be filling faster than in previous years. Our workshops offer an unparalleled opportunity to photograph the Katahdin Region of Maine including its spectacular landscapes and magnificent Moose. These all inclusive workshops (lodging, meals, and transportation to and from shooting locations during the workshop) make the most of our time together. There is no formal classroom instruction. Other than an afternoon break, we are in the field from sunrise to sunset. The most difficult decision you will have is whether you should attend in the Spring or Fall.
June (Spring in the North Woods of Maine) and now July provide opportunities to photograph a world coming to life after a long Winter. Moose feed heavily in the ponds this time of year, often times along side their cinnamon colored calves. Bull Moose antlers are covered in velvet and can grow as much as an inch a day. Picturesque indigenous wildflowers, rushing waterways, boreal birds and other fauna also provide inspiration and opportunities to learn new skills.
September and October workshops coincide with the Moose Rut and spectacular Fall color that the region is noted for. Now those 35 pound calves from Spring have grown a bit weighing about 400 pounds. The massive Bull’s antlers are finished growing, the velvet having been shed for the mating season. This is the time to capture these magnificent creatures in courtship and mating behavior with a backdrop of Fall color.
Several hundred participants of all skill levels have already taken my workshops. Whether it is a well planned all-inclusive Getaway Weekend or customized private one on one instruction you are guaranteed to learn new skills while exploring all that is unique to the region. Plan to attend one of my workshops in the North Woods of Maine this year and who knows, you may decide you like the area as much as we do.