New Art Gallery/Working Studio Opens in Calais

A work by Dave Thomas.

A new art gallery/working studio, Green Porch Gallery, will be opening  on Wednesday August 15th.   The goal of the gallery is to highlight the extraordinary talents of the fine artists and artisans of this region and to offer art classes.  All work is juried in by a panel of professional artists.

Messemer, the owner, graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), one of the finest art schools in the nation, and took graduate classes at University of Hartford, Conn.  She worked as a designer for many years at Readers Digest in New York and has developed  her work for decades while exhibiting across the US and overseas from Washington State to New York to Morocco, having won countless awards, running several galleries and given dozens of one woman shows.  

Opening day will show her watercolors and oils as well as the work of Dave Thomas, photographer, Donna-Lee Pierce, painter and muralist, and Susan Greenburg, a photographer. Each one of these artists specializes in the seascapes and landscapes of this region and has shown extensively at galleries throughout the Way Downeast Region and across the USA.

Helen is a member of “Maine Made, America’s Best”.  “For more than a century the words “Made in Maine” have stood for quality and solid craftsmanship.  Today the State of Maine is proud to support the companies and products which continue in this tradition.  They have earned the right to be called “America’s Best”.  

Classes will be starting in October, offering Watercolor Painting, Marketing and Promotion for Fine Artists and Artisans, and Crafting.  Artists and artisans of all levels are invited to join us in these classes.  Space is limited to six persons per class.  Supplies will be provided for the beginners, advanced students should  bring the tools of their choice.  Fees and schedules will be posted in September.


Visit  to view/purchase some of the artwork being shown or to sign up for notification of upcoming classes. The gallery opens on Wednesday August 15th and will be open year round from Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4.  Come visit us and enjoy the art! The gallery is located at 18 Clark Street, Calais.