The gWatson Gallery was founded in 1998 and presented its first exhibition of paintings in July in a second-floor space at 68 Main Street in Stonington, Maine. Since that first opening, the Gallery has presented the work of over forty artists. For some artists, the gWatson Galley provided their first exposure to Maine audiences.
In 2006 the Gallery moved to the first floor of the building it has occupied since its inception. The Gallery is spacious, easily accessible and has high ceilings and fresh walls.
The gWatson Gallery is a painters' gallery, featuring established artists whose work is found in major museums, along with emerging artists whose work is commanding new attention. Although the Gallery sits on the edge of Stonington Harbor, one of the busiest working fishing villages on the Maine coast, it exhibits more than traditional Maine landscapes: abstract and figurative paintings along with Maine landscapes and works on paper from the R.E. Townsend Studio, including work by Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine and Michael Mazur. The diversity of work found in the Gallery reflects its commitment to presenting the best of contemporary painting and printmaking. Individually and collectively, the artists whose work can be seen in the Gallery affirm the fact that painting is not only alive and well; it is flourishing.