Art of the Sea galleries is open for the season with an impressive display of new art from both its group of longtime artists and several new to the gallery such as David Monteiro and George Goebel. Once again, John Stobart will have works on display.

This winter, the gallery was able to acquire a number of outstanding ship models including a William Hitchcock diorama, “Kennebec Crossing,” featuring numerous waterfront activities at the west side rail terminal. Art of the Sea has at least 100 half hulls and full rigged ship models, from primitive decorative pieces to museum quality cased models, on display at all times.

Art of the Sea is one of the nation’s largest contemporary marine gallery, offering an enormous collection of nautical art from local, national and international artists in all media at its 4,500 square foot gallery. Everyone is invited to visit the 19th-century waterfront building and enjoy the sights and sounds of the ‘keag’s reversing falls; there is always a place to park.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and any other time by appointment. For more information, call gallery director Joan Woodhull at 594-9396 or, for a preview of the exhibit, visit artofthesea.com and click on Special Events.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.