Over the past ten years The Gallery at Somes Sound has been a proud sponsor collaborating with Friends of Acadia on various programs and events, currently serving on their Team of Business Advisors.
In 1986 Friends of Acadia founders envisioned a membership-based and volunteer-powered organization that would translate their love for Acadia into tangible good for the park. For more than three decades, that vision has guided their work—from modest early volunteer projects and small equipment donations, to major achievements such as Acadia Trails Forever, establishing the nation’s first endowed trail system.
ABOUT ACADIA NATIONAL PARK: Protecting more than 47,000 acres on two islands and a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a jewel of granite mountains, filigreed coastlines, unique cultural resources, dazzling night skies, and precious communities of plant and animal life. Drawing more than 3.5 million visitors each year, Acadia is one of the ten most popular national parks in the US. It is also one of the smallest and most vulnerable.
The Gallery at Somes Sound is a proud supporter of The Wendell Gilley Museum. The Museum celebrates the life and work of Wendell Gilley, a pioneer in the field of decorative bird carving. It teaches the art of bird carving and presents art exhibitions and educational programs with a special focus on people, nature, and art. The Museum endeavors to inspire appreciation of the visual arts, engagement in artistic creativity, and respect and care for the natural world.
The Gallery at Somes Sound has been a Business Partner and proudly promotes the Portland Museum of Art since 2018. PMA dedicates themselves to presenting exhibitions and hosting programs that reflect the museum’s diverse communities and audiences, and creating experiences with art that strengthen bonds and brings communities together.
In October 2019, the PMA took its latest big step: the purchase of 142 Free Street, a 19,158 square foot building directly adjacent to the museum’s Charles Shipman Payson building. The purchase provides the museum with flexibility for future opportunities in the developing city of Portland Maine and enables the PMA to secure the area around Congress Square as a center for arts and culture.