Gallery Plans Expansion

BAR HARBOR — A high-end art gallery in Town Hill will undergo a substantial expansion this winter, pending approval from the planning board.

The owners of the Asticou Connection gallery plan to add a new, 40-by-70-foot building on their site at 1302 State Highway, next to the Union Trust bank. The 2,800-square-foot structure will have the same look and feel as the current buildings, with cedar shingles and red trim, project representative Noel Musson told the planning board July 20.

The structure’s exterior features won approval from the design review board earlier this month.

The new building will feature a high-ceilinged gallery on the first floor, with more exhibit space in a wrap-around, second-floor balcony, gallery co-owner Tom Savage said Tuesday. The business, which opened during the summer of 2010, has been successful enough to merit the expansion, he said.

“Things have been going well. We’ve kind of found a niche that maybe hasn’t been developed before,” he said.

The gallery showcases wood furniture and wood sculpture, bronze castings, paintings, jewelry and photography, along with rare prints and maps. It features the work of the Savage family and other local artists and craftspeople.

The Asticou Connection is set on a 2.09-acre site in the Town Hill business district. The property is assessed by the town at $290,900.

The development is slated to take place on a portion of the property that is already disturbed. The plans were found complete by the planning board on July 20, and a public hearing tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]