Hours are by app’t., 207 567-4302.
Born in Albany, New York, William Landmesser grew up immersed in the visual beauty of northern New York State and New England. Childhood summers were spent in Searsport, Maine. At Dartmouth College Mr. Landmesser studied with Hannes Beckmann, Varujan Boghosian, Ashley Bryan, and Gary Milek. For three years following graduation while teaching at private secondary schools, community art classes increased his zeal to pursue visual art. In 1977 Landmesser enrolled full time at the Art Institute of Boston, studying with Nathan Goldstein and Patricia Cobb. Eager to learn independently, the student moved to Woodstock, Vermont where the Upper Connecticut River Valley and Dartmouth College environs served as his muse.
While spending time in 1980 on Long Island’s East End, Landmesser experienced a spiritual awakening to Christianity. He also began receiving recognition from Hirschl & Adler Gallery (New York City) and Martha White Gallery (Louisville), where his work was shown with that of Fairfield Porter and Robert Dash. Included in the 1981 exhibit, “Sunlight on Leaves, the Impressionist Tradition” (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Mr. Landmesser was referenced as “one of the promising young artists of the next generation.” Desiring to integrate his faith and work, he entered Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he led the student fine arts committee, continued painting, and received a Master’s degree in Theological Studies. In 1989 the artist and his wife moved to Stockton Springs, Maine. A former garage was moved to their land and converted into a studio/gallery. Another structure was moved onto the property and evolved over time into the home they refer to as “Fern Hill”.
Alluding to geographical landmarks and spiritual realities, Mr. Landmesser renamed his gallery in 2017. Narrows Art Gallery is situated near the Penobscot River as it cuts through steeply wooded hills before emptying into Penobscot Bay. Spiritually, a “Narrows” has come to denote for the artist those moments when God’s mercy awakens one to ultimate reality. The gift of “seeing” is a manifestation of this Mercy. Looking back over his life and work the artist acknowledges with gratitude a journey guided by God’s mercy and grace.
Directions & Hours
From the West: U.S. Rte 1 (3) North, 4 miles past “downtown” Stockton Springs, left at Meadow Rd., 1/10 mile in.
From the East: U.S. Rte 1(3) South, 2 miles south of Penobscot Narrows Bridge, right at Meadow Rd., 1/10 mile in.
From the North: Rte 1A south from Bangor to Stockton Springs. North on U.S. 1(3), 4 miles to left at Meadow Rd., 1/10 mile in.
From the South: By water, anchor in Stockton Harbor, call from the Yacht Club, and I can come and meet you.