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The Artdogs Studios building consists of four floors. There is a storefront gallery on the street level, day-studio spaces on the two middle floors, and a top floor loft-style residence.


The Artdogs Studios facility was designed to be flexible. The studio and residency spaces were created with the intent of accommodating many different art disciplines.


Each studio is unique, but every studio comes with heat, electricity, and free wifi access. Some studios have their own restroom, while shared restrooms and sinks are conveniently close to others. The facility provides exhibition areas with track lighting and a communal kitchen. In addition there is a tool closet with tools that can be borrowed for in-house use.


Artist's Day Studio

has been rented.  We welcome artist Teresa Despres.  

This Artist Day Studio is north facing on the 2nd floor overlooking the Cobbosee Stream. Stop in to meet Teresa at Artwalk Gardiner on Friday, May 17, 5-8pm

Artdogs Studios, Karen Adrienne

Like most buildings in Maine downtown's, 277 Water Street has had a rich history and has been a vital part of the Gardiner downtown. It started as a dry goods store in 1864. Over the years it has housed a confectionery (1872), a music store (1886), millinery (1895), shoe store (1909), clothing store (1920), and more. The building survived the Gardiner fire of 1888 and the flood of 1987.


The front of the building faces the main street and is across from Johnson Park and Johnson Hall Theatre. The back of the building has ample parking and a view of the Kennebec River and the Cobbosseecontee (Cobbossee) Stream, the largest coastal watershed in Maine. During the spring-thaw water from the Kennebec may rise. If it gets to 14' it causes the Cobbosee to breach its banks... We check on the status with a river-cam.


The ARTDOGS is organized on the belief that the arts are vital to the cultural and economic health of a community.

ARTDOGS is devoted to developing a core community of artists in downtown Gardiner Maine. The intent is to create and maintain a visual arts presence. 277 Water Street was purchased in June, 2004 for this purpose. The building has been renovated to house one artist's studio-residence, five artist's day studios, and a fine art press.


Artdogs, Maine, Loft

What’s in a name?

The name ARTDOGS was inspired by a verbal folly in graduate school and the growing awareness of how hard artists work.  When artmaking success was evident through exhibitions, sales and awards it was common to say that the art gods were smiling favorably.  It did not take long to realize that success in art was sporadic, difficult to maintain, and the result of endless hard work.  The expression working like a dog become more appropriate for a career as an artist.  So the art gods became art dogs. 

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