Local photographer featured in multiple projects

  • June 11, 2019

Local photographer featured in multiple projects | Harbor View Studio

Swan’s Island, ME June 11, 2019: Dale Joyce, fine art photographer and year-round resident of Swan’s Island, ME, and owner of Harbor View Studio has been selected by several local businesses to provide artwork for their spaces.

New restauranteurs, Bobby Will and Kim Kraus, were looking for an artist who could create a look that shared the beauty of Down East Maine, but in an edgy fashion. They fell in love with the work on Joyce’s website and invited him in to see their new restaurant in Bar Harbor, Salt & Steel. The building, formerly occupied by Mache Bistro, has a main dining space and bar area on the first floor and another large dining area on the second floor. “We could have gone with a traditional nautical theme, but our menu is far from traditional. We wanted the art to be special, too” Will said. The art on the first floor is available for sale exclusively at the restaurant.

The Eagles Lodge Motel, a fixture in the town of Ellsworth, was also in the market to spruce up their existing space. “We were in the middle of freshening up some of our rooms when someone from Harbor View came in to share their portfolio. We weren’t sure what we wanted to put on the walls but found the perfect pictures!” Nancy Mayo, General Manager of the motel selected images from the “Jewels of the Sea” series that complement their décor.

Gary & Mimi Rainford, also residents of Swan’s Island, own “Sprucetop,” a small cottage on MDI and knew exactly who they wanted to adorn their walls. “Dale was just the logical choice. His art captures the essence of Down East Maine and is just what we needed to make the space feel like home,” Rainford explained. The photographs can be purchased by their AirBNB guests and taken home as a souvenir of their visit.

In an age-old practice of sharing local art, The Tree of Life Spa in downtown Bar Harbor, selects a handful of artists each year to consign with them on a rotating basis. “We are one of the few businesses in town that have customers year round, so it is a great opportunity for artists to get exposure in the off-season,” Philip Payne, manager of the spa said. This year they expect to feature 6-8 different artists in a variety of media.

Harbor View Studio will also be exhibiting in this weekend’s annual Art in the Park festival in Bar Harbor, June 15-16, 10 AM – 5 PM.

Joyce can trace his genealogy to some of first settlers on Swan’s Island.He has lived all over the United States, but always planned to move back to his roots to start his second career, fine art photography. In 2016, everything aligned allowing him to relocate and open his own gallery on the island, Harbor View Studio. It is open seasonally and offers fine art prints primarily of coastal Maine. For more information and for samples of Joyce’s current work, visit www.harborviewstudio.com.



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253 Harbor Rd.
Swan’s Island  ME  04685