Photo by Schooner Gallery

Art Gallery Opens in Milbridge



Photo by Schooner Gallery
Kelco Industries owner Doug Kell is wrapping up a late-in-life project, a new art gallery in Milbridge that will feature contemporary art as well as Maine-made products.

MILBRIDGE — It was a quintessential New England house — known in the mid-1800s as the Captain Brown home — waiting for an idea to happen.

And it has.

The Schooner Gallery at 59 Main St. opens June 6 and will feature contemporary fine art along with a separate showroom of Maine-made products.

The gallery reflects the interests of the founder, Doug Kell Sr., owner of Kelco Industries in Milbridge, and his wife, Lilliane, an artist.

Kelco is a wholesale supplier of tools and equipment used by the Christmas wreath industry. A separate arm, Sunrise County Evergreens, sells Christmas trees and wreaths via mail order.

“At one end we have our mail order products and we need to expand that customer base,” Kell said. “Then I came on the idea of putting in an art gallery. My wife is an artist and we both enjoy art.”

The products showroom will feature other items made in Maine as well as Sunrise products.

The art exhibitions are being planned by Sarah Brandon and Alison Enslin.

They have three shows slated for the June-October season.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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