New gallery for downtown Waldoboro

Dec 02, 2017
Waldoboro’s new McGrory & Wolf Gallery is being set up for the grand opening Saturday, Dec. 9.

Waldoboro — On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m., a new gallery will open its door at 9 Friendship St./Route 220 in the heart of Waldoboro village. It is the dream child of two artists, Polly McGrory and Wolfgang Busse, a husband-and-wife team who are new residents in town.

Last summer, the couple decided it was time for them to downsize, so they sold their spacious old farmhouse in Warren and moved to a six-room cottage in Waldoboro.

"The new house is charming, but there’s no place to keep all these paintings,” said McGrory. “We’ve frequently exhibited paintings at other Maine galleries, but we want to do our own thing."

So they looked for gallery space downtown. No. 9 Friendship St. was available, and they set up shop as the McGrory & Wolf Gallery. The space is elegant, with a high ceiling accentuated by fine cornice work, a gleaming wood floor and abundant natural light flooding through the front windows. That light now shines on the eclectic selection of artwork hung on the walls.

November’s frosty days presented a challenge to get a fresh coat of paint on the facade, but all is now ready for the opening. Gallery goers will find a wide range of subjects, from movie-star portraits to sly foxes to crashing waves out at Marshall’s Point. The style is colorful American Realism, with McGrory’s work in oils and watercolors; and Wolf’s works in acrylics.

The gallery is part of the town’s burgeoning arts community, which includes several other art galleries plus the Long Winter Soap Company, Waldoborough Historical Society and the Waldo Theatre. In season, everyone participates in ArtWalk Waldoboro the second Saturday of the month, June through October.

McGrory & Wolf Gallery’s winter hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and by chance or appointment, as both artists occasionally spend time on-site painting or sketching (they live right down the street). For more information, call 790-1427 or visit

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

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